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I hope I'm not stepping on any toes here, but I wanted to share my recent experience ordering a pair of grips (or rather, a one-piece grip) from KSD. I ordered the model for the 4506, as I have three firearms it should be compatible with (1006, 4505, and 845). I was stoked to find this brand because I love wood grips, but the Hogues have always looked way too beefy and bland for my taste. KSD does a very good job replicating the simple and elegant style of the S&W factory polymer grips, and they seem thinner than the Hogues. Shipping was impressively prompt considering they come from Turkey, and I had them in no time. Packaging and presentation = top notch. The grips themselves are beautiful in person and the texture feels terrific. So far so good, right?

I quickly ran into the problem illustrated by the photos below. The black wedge/connector piece that pins the frame and stock together seems to have its hole cut a few millimeters too low compared to where the pin-hole is located on the frame. This means in order to align the holes, I had to push the connector up those few millimeters, which obviously compresses the mainspring the same amount. This tiny difference in tension, once assembled, makes the DA trigger pull ungodly and potentially dangerous for my poor firing pin. Now, initially thinking my stupid self just installed them wrong, I pulled them on and off three different times to see what the deal was. In this process, a crack began to form down the spine of the stock. I took these photos of the issue and sent them to KSD.

They said they would review my case, which took about a week, and then said they would send me an installation video. "If" I managed to mount the grips, they would send me a new, uncracked product. When I inquired how installation would affect the position of the hole in the connector piece, but said I was willing to give it a try, I got radio silence for another week, until I followed up again. I guess they had given up on the video (or forgot), as their response this time was just to send me a new product. Kudos for that, but I still have my doubts that the connector will be any different. Time will tell, and I will update this thread as soon as that's answered. I'm hoping this is just a matter of a mispackaging of that one part (perhaps belonging to a different Gen 3 model) and that the replacement fits the frame of the intended model. Please consider this case pending for now, as I do not wish to badmouth KSD as a company given they do seem to be making efforts to resolve this, albeit slowly, and can do so if the replacement isn't the same thing I got the first time. In the meantime, I'm curious if anyone else has had this issue or similar.

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You aren’t the first person to experience this issue. KSD needs to tweak their CNC machines and/or QC.
Yep... that fitment issue has been with them since day one, many posting on the S&W forums regarding it.
 
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Thanks guys, good to know I'm not being blatantly obtuse about something in the installation process. I hope others with this issue were able to get it resolved. If the part they send me still doesn't work, my brother said he'll just drill a second hole at the correct position for me.
 

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It took a bit of time to figure out how to install, but they fit great and the quality is very high. Also they are much more comfortable than the fat Pachmayr grips that came on the CD9.



 
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