New Grips: S&W Model 36-1


December 23, 2012, 03:48 PM
A few weeks back I purchased an unfired NIB S&W Model 36-1. I picked this gun up as a carry revolver. So far, I have been very impressed with the 3 inch heavy barrel. It significantly reduces the recoil and makes shooting this gun a real pleasure. The 3 inch is not that much harder to conceal than its 2 inch counterpart - so overall I'm happy with the gun.

I've put actual pre-ban elephant ivory on several of my guns and was talking to a friend who makes custom grips about having a set made for this one. He showed me some Elk he had been working with that was a fraction of the cost of ivory. I told him I would try a pair. They are different from what I am used to, but they are growing on me :-).

I stayed with the style of the factory wood grips instead of going with an over sized pair for easier concealment. I have smaller hands, and this grip size works for me.

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December 23, 2012, 04:38 PM
I like them. The contrast with the gun is sharp.

December 23, 2012, 06:38 PM
If YOU like them, there isn't anything else to say. Thanks for sharing the pics.

P.S. Looks "live round" loaded in the pics.

December 23, 2012, 06:42 PM
Well, an unloaded gun ain't much good!!! :-)

December 23, 2012, 06:45 PM

Not tyring to incite argument, but she don't need to "bark" when she is just posing for glamour shots.

December 23, 2012, 06:47 PM
LOL, point taken

December 23, 2012, 07:47 PM
Those are really fine looking grips! Are all elk grips white like that?

December 23, 2012, 08:22 PM
I would love to have a set of real ivory grips for one of my revolvers, due to the cost I'll stick with assorted stag grips, such as you have on your M-36, PRM. Those are sharp looking.

December 23, 2012, 08:35 PM
From what I've learned, a lot of it depends on the density of the bone, which has a lot to do with the section of the antler its cut from. Close to the button is generally the most dense. The antler is pretty much white, but in its natural state will degrade fairly quickly depending on what it is exposed to. There is a stabilization process, which in part re-hydrates the bone and will darken it. The less dense it is, the more of an old bone look it will take on. Then, you have the composition of the material itself, which is dependent on diet and health of the animal. Short answer, white to grays is the range. It will all darken with age. Its a natural product and will never be exactly the same from one grip to the next.

Mine has had the bark removed to a smooth finish with the surface cracks left. It was stained, which filled the cracks and was then buffed.

December 23, 2012, 08:55 PM

I have fairly small hands too.
But that gun would have a Tyler T-Grip on it if it was mine!!

It won't detract from the looks one bit.
But it will sure lock it in your hand in DA work and stop all the squirming around.

You should give a T-Grip a try!


December 24, 2012, 02:23 AM
I kinda like the looks of those grips. I for sure like the revolver. I'm a big fan of the Chief's special, especially in Blue. I bought one a few years ago with a 2" barrel and added a set of T-Grips and it's a great revolver too. I left the factory grips on with the T-Grips...

December 24, 2012, 02:44 AM
rc beat me to the punch. I came to say that a T grip or something similar would make it just about my dream gun.

I have a knock off set (from BK grips) and I later bought a set of actual T grips to see if there was a difference. I decided unless you NEED a polished steel or brass finish, the BK grips are actually designed a little better despite being plastic and still look pretty good.

December 24, 2012, 02:53 AM
Just because it's been said so much, you mean like this? (they are now black since I painted them)

December 24, 2012, 05:58 AM

That is one fine looking revolver! Back in the day a Model 36 with a 3" barrel (and a round butt configuration), was one of my favorite J frames to carry and shoot. Love the contrast between the bluing and the stag grips; the addition of the S&W medalions on the grips are icing on the cake.

Also another vote for a Tyler T-Grip adapter. With the regular size stocks the T-Grip makes for the perfect set-up, especially if you're like me and have smaller hands. All in all that is one sweet revolver and thanks for sharing it with us.

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