Sunday, July 3, 2016

A Old-Timey Look for a newer S&W Revolver

A short post today, this is about making an newer gun look old. I have always liked the look of mother of pearl grips on a stainless or nickel plated revolver.....despite what General Patton thinks. 
If you aren't sure what I am referring to here, is the line from the 1970 motion picture Patton starring George C. Scott:

when a reporter asks about Patton's pearl handled Colts, he replies:   "They're ivory! Only a pimp from a cheap New Orleans whorehouse would carry a pearl-handled pistol"

The actual quote from Patton went a little different: "Son, only a pimp in a Louisiana whore house carries pearl handled revolvers, these are ivory" 

In spite of Patton's comments, I happen to like the look of mother of pearl grips on a shiny nickel or stainless gun. I also like Ivory, but ivory grips often sell for more than the pistol they are designed to fit. I guess that could also be said of real mother of pearl, but fortunately we have the option of buying faux grip panels that look like the real thing at a fraction of the cost.

Here are some examples of older nickel plated Smith & Wesson revolvers with pearl grips.

I have had a 1982 vintage S&W model 65 K-frame for more than 20 years. It was once the side arm for a State Trooper (Pennsylvania if I remember correctly) and it was the first revolver I purchased. 

I found these grips from a seller on ebay. They are not real Mother of Pearl, but a realistic facsimile and much more affordable.

The maker was in Thailand, but had excellent feedback and a decent price so I figured I would take a chance and ordered up a pair.

The fit and finish were pretty damn good for the price I paid, and the look is exactly what I was after!

 As a bonus that had great looking silver S&W emblems
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