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Target ivories from the late 60s on a Model 29-2 shipped in 1973 and the target ivories (vintage unknown) on a 1950 Target 44 shipped in 1955. The stocks on the 1950 Target 44 do not have the relieved area on the left panel so they were made to reflect the style of stocks in the mid-50s, or they date to the mid-50s. These stocks are also made of bark ivory and are quite yellow and show a lot of figure.

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Wow, those are so perfect they look fake! :shock:
 

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Outstanding Bill !!

That 29-2 is one of my favorites of yours . Those grips just make the Nickel stand out !! Great pic too !! B-)
 

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fantastic contrast to the blue.
 

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I am conflicted when it comes to ivory. On the one hand, I am something of an animal lover. I don't hunt and have never enjoyed seeing animals killed or unfairly exploited. On the other hand, I do love ivory on a handgun. I have several guns fitted with ivory and I feel a bit guilty about it.

Those revolvers are beautiful.
 

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First of all, I need to comment on your fabulous photography. Ivory is difficult to photograph on nickel guns, but even more difficult on high-polish blue guns. The computerized light meter on most cameras wants to accentuate either the dark or the light - and I normally get a decent photo of the metal with washed-out bone or ivory. You have captured the subtle differences of nickel and blue steel in these photographs, and still are able to pick up the creamy tonal differences in the ivory!

Ivory changes the whole balance and feel of any revolver - but most especially when fitted with these heavy S&W targets or 1-piece grips on Colt SAAs. It's as if you are hefting and shooting an entirely different gun, and the big bore target N-frames with 6-6 1/2" barrels are particularly suited for these special stocks, IMO. Maybe some day...... :D

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Saxon Pig, I'm not following clearly, is it because it comes from an animal in general or because it's a animal not frequent to Americans? I have, by way of my wife, many Ivory pieces that came from her mother who was born in the Belgium Congo. The animals that the ivory came from were culled from a plentiful stock, actually they were of numbers that were troublesome. I'm thinking Elk/Deer/Moose stocks could be looked at with a jaundice eye by some.
 

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Absolutely beautiful!

And, I agree with xtimberman. Your photography is just.. phenomenal!
 

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SaxonPig said:
I am conflicted when it comes to ivory. On the one hand, I am something of an animal lover. I don't hunt and have never enjoyed seeing animals killed or unfairly exploited. On the other hand, I do love ivory on a handgun. I have several guns fitted with ivory and I feel a bit guilty about it.

Those revolvers are beautiful.
DR. PIG~ don't feel guilty. I sort of felt the same way, but one night I saw them set fire to a warehouse, the size of a football field, or bigger, full of Ivory and other horns taken from poachers and animals that had died a natural death. They could of sold it and done a LOT of good for people who are supposed to be so bad off. No, they had to make a statement. There are tons of LEGAL items out there. JMHO. :) As always, Docs offerings are over the top in class. THANKS for sharing. :)
 
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