I have an old Detective Special ser.#562863,w/ coltwood grips. This is a shooter, nothing more, and I'd like to replace the grips w/ a set of colt checkered wood. What do I have to know about grip size, etc. for this model and age. Thanks, Bill
And, Bill.make sure they are NOT Square Butt wooden stocks,full length for a D frame. These were standard for some of the Detective Specials and Police Positive Specials. While they will "fit".they will overhang the rounded corners,and even though you can sand them to fit,they won't look like true round butt stocks,that are checkered all the way to the bottom.
I would NOT do what you suggested Brian,as these grips are fairly commpm an in the $20-30 range. I suppose,if someone gave me a "freebie" pair of short frame stocks,I might try that "cutting and drilling"-BESIDES-medallions,checkering and screws/escutcheons would be different from the stocks that is correct for his gun.