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    Correct grips for 1905 2nd change

    Good Day All,
    I am in the process of purchasing a Smith & Wesson 1905 2nd Change revolver. The serial number is 114833 it has a 6 1/2 inch barrel, is blued, and chambered in .38 spl. Can anyone verify the date it was manufactured by the serial number?
    It currently is wearing a pair of rubber grips for a K frame made by Pachmayr. I would like to replace the rubber grips with original grips but am not sure what style would be correct. Can anyone help me out? Does anyone have a pair for sale? Thanks for your assistance!

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    Sorry, I only have the 4th change but post picks as Those old Smiths are to me classics. Not sure the grips would be the same.
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    Round butt or square butt?

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    Square butt.

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    I will try to post pictures tomorrow. It is a square butt.

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    They are wood arched top with a dimple in the top circle. Unless you are very, very compelled for originals there are later aftermarket ones out there that will do a next thing to accurate job. You will still have to hunt for those. BTW bronze medallion grip came later.

    Several firms offer black plastic round butts that are more durable and cheaper than RB Bakelite.
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    Your gun is a Model of 1905, 2nd change and, according to the Standard Catalog, your serial number falls in the 1906-1909 range. Grips can vary from round to square butt and wood to hard rubber. I don't know about availability or prices of appropriate replacement grips.

    This one is a hard rubber round butt Model of 1902, 1st change ser#536xx in the1903-1904 range.

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    [ATTACH]404669 this is the grip style circa post WWII I am suggesting.
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    The Standard Catalog of S&W indicated that s/n range 73251-146899 spans 1906-1909.

    Square butt grips/stocks changed styles around 1910, so I believe the correct style for your 2nd change would be the style on my 1906 made 1st change, which are no monogram/medallion, concave upper surface.

    In 1910, they added a gold monogram/medallion.


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    Finding a set original grips for a 100+ year old gun is going to be a tall order.

    You could get a pair of grips for a 4th change that had the convex (instead of concave) upper surface and then sand it into the concave shape... those turn up on ebay, both original and reproduction. There's a set of original convex grips listed now with a "buy it now" of $45. While not in really great shape, they illustrate what the later convex style looks like and how they would lend themselves into becoming the earlier concave style with a little work.

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    OP look at Gunhacker's post above^. The one's on the gun (less paint) are the one's I referred to. The grips alone (2nd pic) are of the 1920's pattern. So first came the Convex (?) dimpled, then bronze medallion (teens to 1920), Then the 1920-1928 pattern followed by nickel medallions into WWII. The Victory type in WWII were arched top uncheckered. After WWII the arch tops largely disappeared.
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