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I am working on a marked Colt D/A 38 for a guy. It needs grips. Is this the official name of the gun? What grips will fit it?
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Here's some pictures and info on the Colt New Army & Navy models.
They were chambered for the .38 Long Colt, which is not the .38 Special, although the very late versions were made in .38 Special.


As a quick identification, these early double action revolvers have the side plate on the right side of the frame and the cylinder rotates counter-clockwise.
They will have identifying stamps and the serial number on the bottom of the butt.

The military models will be marked as such on the bottom of the butt and used smooth Walnut grips.
The civilian models had hard black rubber with molded in checkering and Colt logos.
The Navy Model and Army model had different logos.

For replica grips, there are modern plastic replicas that look like the originals..........

New Navy........


New Army......


Military models in wood......


Often you can find originals on eBay, but beware of replicas.
 

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Look inside the crane area. There should be an assembly number stamped there. If there is a capital "N" above or below the number it is a New Navy. Otherwise, it is a New Army. The New Navy used the grips with the word "COLT" at the top while the New Army stocks had a rampant colt. If it is a 38, check the cartridge bores in the cylinder. If they are bored all the way thru, it is pre 1904/5 and used the 38 Colt cartridge with the heeled bullet and outside lubrication (larger bore). If the cartridge chambers have a small lip at the front then it is chambered for the 38 Special and will have the .357-.358 barrel bore. Hope this helps.
 
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