Stocks could NOT be numbered to the gun,as they are large "target stocks" that did not come out until the early 1950's.Some S&W collector with a K frame target model,1953-1968,with incorrect grips would just love those diamond targets that are on the gun now!
Can't tell if the gun is round or square butt,and I have even seen a few immediate post war transition pieces,like this one with round butts,with the pre war,non magna grips,that don't cover any of the frame,even a couple in bakelite: Better for concealment.
Great gun,and that "long action" is tough to beat for double action "work".
Although I agree that My M&P most likely didn't ship with the target grips on it-the word I got from someone else, was to send for an S&W letter from Roy Jinks(Just to be sure?)! The suggestion here, was that since S&W had started advertising these target grips in one Ad in 1949, that if my M&P had been shipped around that time(Or a little later?)then, there is a slim possibility, that my M&P could have been shipped with these target grips? If not, then I will at least know from Roy's letter, exactly whay grips were shipped with my M&P(Early service type-or, most likely diamond Magna's(Maybe the transitional diamond Magna's?)?
Yes, I know that Collector's would like to obtain some first edition, diamond target grips, without the ejector star relef cutout(Like mine)for their 1953-1968 S&W target revolvers! The ones on my M&P are really mint, for being 50 years old!
your point is well taken. however people do strange things, i knew a small county sherrif who carried a s&w mod 36 j-frame in a duty type holster, with a wide trigger shoe on it.i had a chance to buy it after he passed away but regretably didn`t. he was pretty well know as a scrapper and never used his gun that i know of but cracked quite a few heads, his method was up close and personal and it worked well for him. i guess a larger gun would have been in his way.
IF gun is in the "S" prefix" serial number range,it was made BEFORE the 1949 intro of the "target grips"(and these were "rare" on K frames at that time-most targets going to the .357 mag.Even many of the "1950" N frame target models in 38/44,44 Special,and .45 acp. were shipped with standard magnas.
If serial# has a "C" prefix,it is a post 1948 gun,and some of these were true "transitionals" with a variety of different front sights(ramp or 1/2 moon) and hammers(old "long" and new "short" from 1948 to around 1950)."Got to use the NOS parts up first", but makes it HARD for later "collectors" to set a date!!! /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
Grips not original-I wouldn't bother with a letter.For a snub, I'd get the right size.While your grips will bring very nice money,you'll pay nice money if you want to stick with getting the right size diamond grips too.
That's a gorgeous gun.
Your non-relieved grips, in the condition they appear, are AT LEAST $ 150, probably more to the right buyer.
Replacing them with period-correct magnas shouldn't be difficult on fleaBay, and I would suspect you won't incur any cost greater than what you get if you sell those targets.
The serial number on my 2-inch M&P is S8441XX.Yes, I realize that the non relieved diamond target grips are quite valuable-and, they are as mint as they look in my pictures! I have some newer Magna's that I can use until I eventually find the correct older vintage diamond magna's for my M&P? I have to admit though, that the diamond target grips feel great in my hand on this 2-inch M&P! If I just decide to shoot this revolver-then, I'd prefer to put grips on it that would cover the front and back of the grip frame! I don't like the idea of putting sweaty hands on nice bluing during shooting!