People like all kinds of modifications. Some even think refinishing a low number Python is a good idea. It is an owner's right to modify a gun, but that does not mean the modification should be made if market value is to be maintained. Pointing out that fact does not seem "harsh" to me.You don't think that is a little harsh John? I know you are the expert, but how does modifying something to make it more fitting for them make it counterproductive or a hack job? IIRC the pachmyer grips for d-frames had a siliar profile, maybe this person liked it but wanted a wood version.
It's true that once someone owns a firearm it is theirs to do with as they wish. However, when I am browsing various forums and come across a classified ad entitled something like "Custom Colt", I usually get a case of the heebie-jeebies before I even open the thread. It is truly amazing what some people do to "customize" their firearms. And, in most cases, it is not something which improves the gun, be it a Colt or any other brand. More often than not, they succeed in de-valuing the gun with their efforts, quite often drastically so.If one wants to modify their firearm I say more power to em, it's their gun, nobody else's. That said, stocks have been modified since the beginning of firearms to suit the owner's fit, finish and function. Had it been done to an extra set and the originals kept, that's forward thinking, just like sights if one were to keep the factory ones but changed them out for something more efficient for their use.
Exactly, I never questioned the owners right to hack up his grips. I personally hate to see good guns lose their originality even if they do belong to me. Anybody can modify, change, ruin anything they want to its theirs to do so.I dont think anyone questions an owners right to modify there property. We all just hate it when they have NO forward thinking and ruin it. Stupid DL or SS#'s scratched on the frame really makes me sick.
I am not an expert. When you cut a groove in the bottom on a pair of original Diamondback grips I see it as being counterproductive. I better wait and see what this gun brings on the auction before I stick my foot in my mouth. His modification may indeed help the hammer price,, we will see.You don't think that is a little harsh John? I know you are the expert, but how does modifying something to make it more fitting for them make it counterproductive or a hack job? IIRC the pachmyer grips for d-frames had a siliar profile, maybe this person liked it but wanted a wood version.
Here is one example that gives makes my eyes hurt.
Colt New Service withTarget shights 38 Special 6" : Revolvers at GunBroker.com