dfariswheel, The backs of the grips, top inside are straight on the later ones, I take it those are the Trooper V ??Is that the same as the 'Lawman'
The others rounded at the top , just fuller in the frame, from the E-I to the 'other' one (later Trooper)??
I have people ask me often ,but I do NOT see enough of them to make a 'snap' determination.
dfariswheel, Some time back I had asked you about the squared off inside of the grips and you showed a picture of the MK III and said the MKV were similar but rounded.Then which are these?...................................
The pictured pair have had the checkering sanded off.
Here' a pair in factory-original condition:
Here's a pair of the late production version with the round bottom. The gun's steel grip is still the square butt Mark III type, only the wooden grip is rounded:
On the Trooper Mark V/King Cobra/Anaconda, the guns steel grip frame is a true round butt design.
In the above picture of the interior of the Mark III grips, the slightly rounded areas at the bottom of the grips are just clearance cuts to make it easier to fit the grip to the sharp cornered steel grip frame.
Here's a pair of wooden Colt Trooper Mark V/King Cobra/Anaconda grips:
Note that these may well be the ugliest grip design Colt ever put on a revolver.
Inside, the inletting is much more rounded to fit the steel grip frame of the later Mark V/King Cobra/Anaconda.
In the old days, mostly pre-WWII, Colt actually put the grips on the frame during polishing so they'd be a perfect fit all around.
In order to keep the grips together and with the correct frame, they penciled an assembly number on the inside.
This was NOT the serial number.
After WWII, Colt first stopped polishing the frame with the grips, then stopped individually fitting the grips to the frame at all.
Since the grips were no longer fitted, they stopped putting assembly numbers inside.