Checker grips on Colt Pythons

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      Checkered grips on Colt Pythons

      Bob Wright wrote:

      The first Pythons had grips checkered overall like the Officers Model Match, then were left smooth at the top on later guns ...
      I have a 1964 6" Python (s/n 41xxx) with grips checkered as seen in the photo below.

      About when was the change made from fully checkered to partial checkering?

      Last edited by Motos; 03-22-2007 at 07:15 PM.

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      Senior Member Baldy's Avatar
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      I don't think I have ever seen one fully checkered and I have looked at a bunch of Pythons. Here's a 1978 model.
      Last edited by Baldy; 02-28-2007 at 08:23 AM.

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      I hate to mention E-bay, but if you go there and look in the sporting goods, there are a set of full checkered grips for the early 50s python, my 6 inch with the 5 digit serial 148XX still did not fit into the timeframe that they were supposidly supplied on the early models.

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      There is a thread over on the S&W forum with some good pictures of a 1957 Python with fully checkered grips. Check it out.
      http://smith-wessonforum.com/eve/for...4/m/6161081502

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      I see what you mean! Serial number 48xx. That makes it 1957, the third year of production

      Last edited by Motos; 02-25-2007 at 04:58 PM.

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      Hey thats cool. I guess the few real old ones I have seen didn't have the factory stocks on them. Thanks for the great photo Motos.

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      If you check Gun Broker.com and look at the 2.5 inch barrel versions, they had there own full checkered grips, but not the same full grips the early pythons had.

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