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Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by PuddleMonkey, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. PuddleMonkey

    PuddleMonkey Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I want to put "target" grips on two of my revolvers, but not sure I understand Smith & Wessons asinine frame alphabet and the round butt/square butt dribble.




    Here are the two revolvers, a 686+ and a 629:


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    Here's the style of grips I want:


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    So how do I go about finding what I'm looking for and be confident they'll fit if I order on-line?
     
  2. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    686= Med. frame=k/L

    629=Large frame =N

    butt_sq_rnd_md.jpg
     
  3. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    686 is L Frame and round butt.

    629 is N frame and need to take the grips off to verify.
     
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  4. PuddleMonkey

    PuddleMonkey Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I've seen grips for sale that say they're for "K" frames, so they fit L's too then?


    Also, if my 686 is a round butt does that mean I can't have the style of grips I posted a pic of?
     
  5. PuddleMonkey

    PuddleMonkey Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Took the grips off the 629, it too is round butt. If I can't have target grips on these I'm not sure life is worth living.
     
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  6. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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  7. PuddleMonkey

    PuddleMonkey Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Those look sweet! Problem though... my 629 has a screw in the bottom, these all screw through the side? Do I need some sort of conversion kit?


    I know, I know, it's like dealing with a full blown r etard. I do appreciate the help though!
     
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  8. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    The Hogue's use an adapter for the bottom screw that is removed when using other grips.

    We've all been there....of course the geezer comment was a little over board(I'm 41, but act like 12:laugh:)
     
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  9. PuddleMonkey

    PuddleMonkey Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    What keeps the Altamont grips from moving around if no conversion piece in the middle to screw through? Are they that well made/formed?


    If these Altamonts work out I promise to never make fun of Kydex again! :D
     
  10. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    They are machined to fit around the grip butt frame and the screw tightens them. They'll work and look awesome.

    It's ok to make fun of kydex, 75% of my work is leather.:thumbup:
     
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  11. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I believe that a round butt frame can wear square butt style grips, but a square butt frame can't fit the round butt style.
     
  12. PuddleMonkey

    PuddleMonkey Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    So who makes the best grips? These Altamonts are nice, are there nicer?
     
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    U201494 Well-Known Member

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    Obviously the product of post a 1980 school system.
     
  14. PuddleMonkey

    PuddleMonkey Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    dammmit, my own insults are coming back to haunt me. lol
     
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  15. PuddleMonkey

    PuddleMonkey Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Found this site:

    Ahrends Grips : Revolvers


    Nice grips, still on the lookout for the fatties like the old dash ones had. Seems like everyone makes the slimmer style, even for the Ruger GP's, which may explain why some of the old S&W ones are selling $250+ on ebay.
     
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  16. GOG

    GOG State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    Kim Ahrends makes square butt conversion grips that can go on round butt frames. I've had several and they not only work, they're beautiful and top quality. Kim and his wife are good people and if you have questions, just give them a call. They'll treat you right.
     
  17. K-22

    K-22 Vancouver WA Active Member

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    Google Kurac Grips. Top drawer products. We S&W guys think very highly of his work.

    Best,
    Gary
     
  18. unklekippy

    unklekippy In The Mountains Near Sprague River Well-Known Member

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    I like the S&W Diamond Target stocks. The Ahrends Retro Target Stock are intriguing as well.

    You have two vey nice examples of two of the best double action revolvers ever made. Even if you can't grasp the alphabet, you have excellent taste in revolves.
     
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    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    "geezers", really? A stupid question and you start off with an insult? no help for you here.
     
  20. PuddleMonkey

    PuddleMonkey Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Too late, already got the help needed. You are dismissed, Debbie downer.