UBerti 1873 SAA Grip Removal


June 27, 2010, 03:44 PM
I just purchased a Uberti SAA and would like to change out the grips. Can anyone explain how to remove them since they do not have a screw through the side.

Also, since I'm at it I would like to know where I can find complete disassembly procedures

Thanks for the help.

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June 27, 2010, 05:11 PM
SAA's with one piece grips require you to take the backstrap of the grip frame off to remove the grips.
There is one screw in front on the bottom of the grip frame, and two more going into the frame on each side of the hammer.

Backstrap = Part #1
Screws = Part #22 & #2 & #2.

Use a fitted hollow-ground gunsmith screwdriver that fits, or you will damage the screws & frame!!



June 27, 2010, 06:50 PM

Looking at it, that's what I suspected but I didn't want to take anything out and have an unsecured spring get loose.

Any recommendations on who has a good selection of aftermarket grips? Can I switch to 2-pc grips?

And yes...I have gunsmith screwdrivers

June 27, 2010, 07:21 PM
You can switch to two piece grips, but you may have problems with the grips failing to stay in place under recoil.
Guns with two piece grips usually have a pin through the bottom of the trigger guard to act as locater pins for the grips.
This locks the grips in place and prevents shifting.

If your Uberti has a hole just install a roll pin that will project about 3/16" to 1/4" on each side.
If there is no hole you can drill one using a new set of two piece grips to locate where the hole needs to be.

There are many sources of grips from cheap plastic to high dollar woods, ivory and exotic materials.










June 27, 2010, 09:37 PM

I had no idea most grips were going to be ivory type. I'm looking for some utilitarian wood without the gloss that came on the Uberti. I guess I'll have to remove it and just give them the oil treatment.

June 27, 2010, 10:34 PM
The first link to Hogue has enough oil finished options to satisfy most of us. Maybe have another look.

Also there IS one little spring and ball hiding behind the frame. It's on the back side on the left of the hammer. At least if your Uberti is the same as my Pietta 1873s. Assuming yours has this too you'll see it when you remove the grip frame. Take it off over a rag "just in case".

Red Cent
June 28, 2010, 09:19 PM
RC, did you miss #34 (2)? :)

Nope you are right. One piece escaped me.

June 29, 2010, 01:07 PM
You'll be much better off refinishing your factory grips. One-piece grips must be fitted to the frame and that's a lot of expense for just plain utilitarian walnut. Usually $200-$300. Or you would have to drill a hole in the grip frame for a locator dowel. In which case you'll end up with rather poor-fitting aftermarket grips.

June 29, 2010, 01:53 PM
The grips on the gun are nice and well-fitted. If you want an oil finish, just do that.

Jim K
June 29, 2010, 03:14 PM
That little spring and plunger BCRider mentions is the coil type hand spring. Losing it means the cylinder won't turn when the hammer is cocked.


June 29, 2010, 06:41 PM
I finally got to shoot it today with 50 rds Winchester Cowboy Loads. At 15yds it grouped about 2-3" left and low.

Anyway, when I cleaned it I went ahead and removed the grip and there was no coil spring inside just the flat hammer spring. Went back together and function checked fine.

I think I will work these grips myself.

Thanks for the replies.

Red Cent
June 29, 2010, 06:47 PM

June 29, 2010, 09:45 PM
IMO, One piece walnut grips are what I like the most. They were the original style of the first Colts. LM

Cocked & Locked
June 30, 2010, 11:53 AM
Boiled Linseed Oil on mine...mixed with sweaty hand of course. ;)



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