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I am looking for a set of grips for a S&W non-registered magnum. The gun is in 98% condition with just a bit of bluing wear at the muzzle. Unfortunately the original owner swapped out the original grips for a set of cheap plastic ones. I know that original grips are extremely hard to find. Does anyone know of someone that makes replicas or does S&W produce grips that might fit this pistol?

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Welcome to the forums from the Wiregrass! The pre-war magna grips were the same on the RM as on the NRM. And, they are extremely expensive if you can find someone who will part with them. Keith Brown makes replicas if you can find some large medallions he can use. These are also not cheap...they run around $500. If you are willing to pony up that much, you might have him make you a set of his "Roper" target stocks. These are period correct and are found on some NRMs. The problem is he is very busy and it make take a year or longer for him to fill your order.

Your best bet is to scan eBay and gunbroker.com daily for an original set. Put WTB ads here in the Classified and over on the Blue S&W Forum. Scan those WTS Classifieds forums daily. Be religious about it and you'll eventually find some.

Other alternatives are custom elk stag grips made by bigmtnman (Ken Driskill) or Patrick (Executioner) Grashorn. These run around $150 but will dress up the .357 and they look awesome. About the same price are custom wood grips made by John Culina.
 

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Thanks for the info. I took the grips from a Model 19and put them on the gun. The fit isn't perfect but it looks a damn sight better than these imitation ivory grips. Attached is a picture of the gun with those grips. The factory letter states that the gun was shipped from the factory in 1940 with a 6 inch barrel, King front sight with a red insert on a King base, rear sight was a King white outline, blue finish, and checkered walnut magna stocks.
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The grip frame on a pre-war N frame is slightly longer than the more modern guns. You may have to modify a post World War II gun grip to fit on your frame. Your best bet is to find a pre-war grip or have a custom grip made.

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A few years ago, I had John Culina make a set of stocks for a Colt Officers Model out of some nice black walnut and sent him a set of early Colt medallions to go on them. If you can find the correct medallions, that might be an option. By the way, John does excellent work at a reasonable price!
 

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The pre-war medallions are 0.5" in diameter. There may be replicas out there. There were some new old stock available a few years ago but will probably be quite expensive to acquire.
 

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It'll be futile. They don't stock obsolete parts. You'll have to find them on the open market or a retailer that stocks replicas. EBay and gunbroker.com are some sources. You can also post a WTB in the classifieds here and on the Blue S&W Forum. You might get lucky and find some worn out pre-war grips you can take them from.
 

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It is suppose to be easier to cock single action due to the reach. They only made them from 1937 to the war years which is probably 1940-41 for S&W purposes. So, yeah they don't show up often and mostly on RM, NRM and Outdoorsmen. You can recognize them in pics as there is no "dip" in the top of the hammer and the full top of the exposed part of the hammer is checkered.

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The telltales on pre-war magnas are a .5" medallion vs. .4" and sharp gutter corners around the checkering. The checkering is also different but I can't tell the difference.
 
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