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So, I just purchased this revolver from a local gun shop. I thought it would be a nice project gun. Unfortunately I only have the one picture. I live in Maryland so, I have to wait 7 days before I can take possession. The serial number is 697392. From the research I've done, this gun was produced in 1957. The grips on this obviously aren't the originals. I know they changed from a square butt to round butt grip around that time. My question for the group is, does anyone know what the original grips for this gun look like? Does anyone have a picture of this model with the original grips.


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This one is a 1947 and is square butt. This may help when you find out which you have. They are really nice shooters. Enjoy it.
 

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Your 1957 would use full frame round butt wood stocks identical to a detective special of the same time. The top 2 examples are not correct.
 

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Um, no. The above is incorrect also but has the same profile. The above stocks fit a D-frame from 1966 until the end of production in the 1990's as its the short grip frame.
 

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In 1957 Colt was using the old original full grip frame and grips.
In 1966 all "D" frame models were changed to a stubby grip frame, with most models having grips that overlapped on the bottom as shown in Paglazier's picture.

Your '57 Police Positive Special would have the rounded butt, full length grip frame.
The correct grips would be checkered walnut with silver medallions.
The same grips were used on the same era Detective Special and Cobra.
Here's the correct grips:

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Um, no. The above is incorrect also but has the same profile. The above stocks fit a D-frame from 1966 until the end of production in the 1990's as its the short grip frame.
In 1957 Colt was using the old original full grip frame and grips.
In 1966 all "D" frame models were changed to a stubby grip frame, with most models having grips that overlapped on the bottom as shown in Paglazier's picture.



Your '57 Police Positive Special would have the rounded butt, full length grip frame.
The correct grips would be checkered walnut with silver medallions.
The same grips were used on the same era Detective Special and Cobra.
Here's the correct grips:

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Thanks to you both! I learn something new every day on this forum.
 
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