I bought a S&W Model 13-1 with a square butt awhile back at a pawnshop. I love this gun it has a wonderful trigger is fairly light and holds 6 357 magnums in a 4" shootable package. I am wondering if there is anyway to convert from square to round I havent found a set of round grips to compare the two. I really hate to take to modifying if someone else has done this and failed. I just feel that the round would be easier to conceal. Is there any advantage to the square.
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October 1, 2008, 09:14 PM
Yes it can be done, I did it with a grinder and a lot of patience. I took a set of round but grips and traced the outline with a scriber and spent an evening grinding it off.
The best is to have S&W do it. There are a few great gunsmiths who will do it also.
October 1, 2008, 09:37 PM
thanks what do you think the price range would be to have this done. I got the pistol at a pretty good price and though I would like to change it dont want it to turn in to a 250 Caprice with 2500 wheels.
October 3, 2008, 12:37 PM
thinking of getting a pair of pachmyer (SP) grips thinking of the smaller ones for the round butt just think it would fir my hand a little better. I guess anything would be smaller than the Houge monogrip I have on it now the pach's for the square butt may do the trick not sure.
October 3, 2008, 12:41 PM
Rubber grips are not great for concealed use. Clothing sticks to the rubber and prints easier.
I have modified several wood grips for S&W revolver so they are less bulky.
As for round versus square butts for concealability, I'd say it is about a toss up.
I would suggest, if you have wood grips on you revolver get a rasp and start working them down to where they fit your hand better.
October 3, 2008, 01:43 PM
This Model 13 4" started life as a square butt. Brownell used to sell metal grinding guides just for this purpose.