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    When is a K/L Frame grip not a K/L??? Insight needed.

    I have a S&W 686-4 2 1/2 " 6 shot revolver. I picked up a pair of Jay Scott #20 Stag Grips. Too small to cover the frame. I was on the web last weekend looking into REAL stag grips . Sent an email at 1AM Central asking if they would be willing to fax/mail me a tracing of the grips and got a response back from NY almost immediately. Owner was in the warehouse working. We ended up talking on the phone and he stated that for the 686 I would need a "L" frame grip and that the K/L would not fit.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction on the differences between the two and why so any grips are stated as K/L some K and others just L
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    They should be the same outside square-butt or round-butt.
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    Looking closer at the faint writing inside the JAy Scott grips it state MEDIUM FRAME....... Is a straight K not a K?L ?
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    As I understood it the L frame basically is the K grip frame and the main frame is N frame size. That was many years ago when they came out with the L frame. Dont know about now.

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    K and L should be the same size.Maybe you got a set of mismarked J frame grips?
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    Quote Originally Posted by arjay View Post
    K and L should be the same size.Maybe you got a set of mismarked J frame grips?
    This must be it.......
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    I don't think there is a difference in S&w grip panels for the K or L grip frames, and I always figured the "slash" between K / L was intended to be replacing the word "or" ?

    The L frame introduced in 1980 does have a more substantial (larger) frame in the cylinder area, as that area was proven somewhat fragile in the K frame revolvers that were constantly used with full-house ammo. The L also was introduced with a full length underlug or "ejector housing".

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    Had a set of custom-made grips done for an L frame, decided they were a better choice for a K frame.
    Perfect fit.

    Ordered a set of Hogues for a K frame, stuck them on an L frame.
    Perfect fit.
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    Soooo I found extra set of what I DIDN'T think were S&W grips. Wrong box. Anyway, these are definitely marked K and cover the rounded grip. I'm pretty sure now that the Jay Scots are just mis marked. Thanks for pointing out that the L frame is just larger ABOVE the grip and not two different grips sizes. I feel a lot more confident pulling the trigger (get the gun pun) on the Stags made for K Frame. I just think that this 686 NEEDS a set of stags.

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    That is a very high polished 686, and looks good to my eye. Did you polish it yourself ?


 
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