Help me Bubba my revolver


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Mooseman
May 28, 2006, 12:34 PM
Now that I have your attention.:) I have an Astra model 44 which is a copy of a S&W Square butt K frame. I need a Pachmayr grip to make this gun more enjoyable to shoot. Although the grip fits the frame of the gun just fine the screw blocks the hammer from cocking. I don't have the option of getting a grip that was made for this gun. I figure I have a couple of options.

1. The grip only opens at the front so I could use a good rubber adhesive to seal the grip on. I would have to cut the grip if I ever wanted to take it off though. Also there would be no grip screw, just the molding of the grip to keep it on. Seems like it should work though.

2. create a part that would make a space for the hammer guide to drop through but still used the original screw openings. I think this is the best idea but the hardest to accomplish.

3. Make another screw opening to go through where there isn't an obstruction. I'd really rather not do this as I think it would look hideous and might make the grip feel odd.

Any suggestions appreciated. As a side note, I won't be doing anything to change the revolver permanently but if I happen to ruin a $20 grip, oh well.

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bpisler
May 28, 2006, 01:20 PM
Hogue grips attach from the bottom,that might
be your best bet.If not i would go with the glue
idea,it seems like it would be the easest.

Jim March
May 28, 2006, 04:12 PM
Too late. I already did it :).

http://www.equalccw.com/vaqhawk.jpg

dbarale
May 28, 2006, 05:49 PM
Hogue or Pachmayr (I can't remember wich one now...) used to make grips for Astra. Look around a bit and you might get lucky...

Edit: There you go... http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=49618033

Cheap and easy and no need for bubbasmithing!

Mooseman
May 28, 2006, 11:05 PM
I wonder if the Astra model 44 and 357 used the same size frame? Thanks for the heads up!:)

dbarale
May 28, 2006, 11:48 PM
I believe there was only one frame size, I'm not 100% sure but pretty close.
Even the 960, wich was a .38, was about the size of an N frame.
Check the message boards at gunbroker.com and get in contact with ATF (the board member, not the gvt agency), he has a few Astras and might know for sure.

Mooseman
May 29, 2006, 06:19 PM
I went the adhesive route. So far so good. The acid test will be how the bond reacts to recoil. Wish me luck.:)

Gewehr98
May 29, 2006, 06:26 PM
Personally, I don't think he put enough effort into it. ;)

A S&W Model 1905 Hand Ejector, Aussie Lend-Lease, circa 1941, now a PPC/Bianchi Cup/Steel Challenge race gun:

http://mauser98.com/ppcleftaristocrat.jpg

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