As you can see, grips should be walnut, with gold medallions , and have the checkering ending in a semi-circle around the medallions.
There is a "thumb rest" (actually a loading clearance) on one side ONLY.
This style was used as target grips on many models of Colt revolvers in the 1960's.
Unless you can find someone on one of the forums willing to sell you a pair, about the only place they can be found is on Ebay.
You'll need to do a search under "colt grips" and watch. These come up for sale fairly often, but price fluctuates from reasonable to high.
Since you want "correct" '60's grips for your Python, this is the only version of Colt target grip that will be "right".
If you want to sell the grips you have, can I be first in line?
They are for 60's Officer's Model Match revolvers, like the one I have. Wish I could ask you to trade, but the Python grips currently residing on my OMM are for 70's Pythons. Instead of the checkering ending in a semi-circle just under the medallion, they end in a straight line about 1/4" short of the medallions.
When you find the correct grips for your Python (much easier than finding OMM grips) reply to the email I sen tyou or post here and we can try to do a deal.
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When you find the correct grips for your Python (much easier than finding OMM grips) reply to the email I sen tyou or post here and we can try to do a deal.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Before we go thru that much trouble (I'm not an expert with Colts) tell me what these are. This is a picture of the gun when I first bought it.
They have silver emblems and someone has stripped the varnish off down to wood. I thought they were the correct grips till I sent the gun to Colt for refurbishing. They told me they aren't correct.
[This message has been edited by joed (edited 07-13-2004).]
Dfariswheel, I had a feeling the grips weren't walnut but I'm not good with woods.
I too suspected they were from a trooper. The reason for my suspicions were when I found the Python in a pawn shop right next to it was a Trooper. Both guns were in the same shape as if owned by the same person. Both had Hogue Monogrips and looked to be the same age.
I bought the Python but passed on the Trooper only because I'd never seen so much play in a cylinder and I wasn't sure you could get parts for it. Now I have a feeling that whoever pawned these guns mixed up the original grips. Had I bought the Trooper I bet the Python grips were in the box.
Although I generally agree with the information dfairswheel provides, I must strongly disagree that Colt ever used any wood stocks that were not walnut. While the quality of walnut naturally varies from piece to piece, any Colt with factory wood stocks will have walnut stocks.
I have several revolvers from the 1950s with the full-checkered stocks, and none are particularly figured. The announcement brochure for the Trooper states it has walnut stocks. My early Troopers have walnut stocks.
I checked my catalog files and in wood stock guns, beginning at the end of the Coltwood-stocked revolver era, and find reference only to walnut as the stock material.
My late sister had a solid walnut chest of drawers made of native walnut off her farm that had portions of it that were very plain in grain and fairly light in color. We have walnut trees on our farm and the ones we have taken down varied in grain and color. I am sure the stocks on joed's Python are walnut, but just happen to be of a plain variety.
I agree that some wood Colt stocks look pretty odd, but the catalogs say the stock material is walnut for all wood-stocked Colts. As mentioned, I have personal experience with "yellow" walnut. It definitely is not as hard as the darker walnut.
Either the Trooper stocks mentioned are a poor walnut, or Colt was lying in the catalogs.
My 1919-1979 Fitz Grip Co was the aftermarket grip maker of choice to help Colt revolver owners shoot more accurately. I have some Gunfighter and thumb rest Target grips left in my archives file cabinet and will be glad to send pictures and quote 1979 prices.
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