Round Butt K-frame Grips from D. E. Collins...


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Stephen A. Camp
February 2, 2006, 03:11 AM
Hello. I recently found a grip maker I didn't know existed! Browsing his site, I found that I liked what I saw. I contacted Mr. Collins to see if a set of stocks for a round butt K-frame were available and the set I wanted was.

I sent in my cashier's check last week and today I received the grips. They are of Black Ash Burl and are laminated with
darker colored wood on the front and rear of the grip straps.
(These are Picture ID #336 on his site.)

Intended for use on an S&W Model 10 4" Heavy Barrel, I was pleased to note that they "press" into place and have no movement even before being screwed on; in short, they fit very well.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/hipowersandhandguns/KframeCollinsGripsfront1.jpg
Here you can see the fit on the front of the grips below the triggerguard.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/hipowersandhandguns/KframeCollinsGripsbottom1.jpg
...and from the bottom.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/hipowersandhandguns/KframeCollinsGripsrearside1.jpg
And a side view from the rear.

Comfort is very subjective, but I do find these stocks extremely comfortable, but more importantly just enough thicker and with enough "filler" on the front to handle the loss of lateral control I was having with thinner grips.

They will work with speedloaders but were this revolver intended strictly for defensive purposes I would very slightly relieve the area behind the cylinder when in the open position.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/hipowersandhandguns/SWM10wDCGrips2.jpg
A view of the Collins grips on the revolver.

I fully admit that there are less expensive choices and I've had really good luck with certain makes and models of rubber grips, but on a blued gun I prefer wood when possible. So far I am quite pleased with the quality, fit, and looks of these grips.

I suspect that they have found a "home."

If interested in Mr. Collins' work, his site has very good pictures, his prices, and contact information.

www.collinscraftgrips.com

Best.

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