I to have been suspicious of their authenticity. And have stayed away from them. Seems nobody really knows for sure.I have asked that question previously with no definitive answer provided. The only service grip panels I have seen were those with flat backs, but I have seen service grips advertised for sale having the relieved backs, and am suspicious about their authenticity.
skilled, creating the "fitting ledge" is a more complex operation than not having such a feature. Therefore, why would a counterfeiter go to the trouble to create the "ledge" that is NOT original when it would be easier to leave off the "ledge" and thereby look more original?
The "fitting ledge" is an original feature, dependent on the vintage of the stocks. My earliest Python and Officers Model Match both have the "ledge."
Based on my personal collection, I believe the "fitting ledge" was discontinued in 1955 or 1956. However, that said, it may be a vendor-specific feature where one vendor used it, and another did not. (I am assuming that Colt did not make stocks in-house Post-War. That may or may not be a valid assumption.)
(Apologies to anyone offended by my "delivery.")
Exactly! I believe this style of service stocks are highly faked. Here is a pair I have that I believe to be actual Colt stocks.I don't know if this means anything, however, the grips on the link are from the fake box guy in Sparta, Tennessee. This is the same picture and add from this eBay add
Colt Python Service Grips Original Vintage CUT OUT Back Rare Rare Over 45 Years | eBay
I have several pair of the earlier 3rd Type Python target stocks, those with the top corners of the checkering panels slightly rounded, as opposed to square, that do have the ledge.Note my post on Third Type Python grips with the ledge.
I mis-typed that. The grips are SECOND Type. I don't recall ever seeing Third Type Colt factory Target grips with the ledge.