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Finished my .357 snub

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by NGIB, Mar 29, 2008.

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  1. NGIB

    NGIB Member

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    A few weeks ago, jwxspoon and I were trading comments in a thread about "making" a .357 snub. He was going to convert a Colt and I was converting a Dan Wesson. The barrel came in yesterday and I finished the grips this morning. I started out with a pair of large smooth walnut (dinged up) and have been working on reshaping them to become a good snub grip.

    I'm very happy with the outcome. The bottom pic is how it looked when I bought it...

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  2. pbearperry

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    If anyone ever bought a Dan Wesson and liked the double action trigger on it,its prob. because of me lol.Years ago at a regional match in NY state,I was there and Colt,S&W & Dan Wesson had a table set up.There was a salesman from DW that asked me what I thought of their gun.I told him it was very innovative but the DA trigger pull was horrible.He said that it could be made much better and he went to his trailer to perform something to his gun and he wanted me to return in a bit to test it .Shortly after he returned and I tried it and I told him if was better but still not as good as the Colt&Smith revolvers.Frustrated,he told me to return again in a bit and he did something else to the gun.Again,I tried the double action and found it improved again and I again told him Colt and Smith were still better.At this time he stormed off and I started to walk away.The S&W guy who saw the whole thing then said to me"Holy crap what did you say to piss of Dan Wesson so much?"Yup,it was ole Dan himself and not just a salesman like I thought.A few years later,a gun shop owner friend of mine had just received a Dan Wesson revolver package deal and had me look at it.It was greatly inproved from the early gun I first saw in the early 70's.I guess my remarks hit home?lol
     
  3. MikePGS

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    Very nice:) Did you say you shaped the grips yourself?
     
  4. NGIB

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    Yeah, I started with a large dinged up walnut grip and just slowly got it to the shape I felt would work...
     
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    IIRC DW used to sell a walnut blank that you could shape to your preference as a grip.
     
  6. SeanSw

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    It looks great. I think it's an improvement over the original and the grips suit the gun nicely.
     
  7. Cosmoline

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    Neat carry piece. Dan Wessons were kind of the RC to Smith/Colts Pepsi/Coke battle, but I like them plenty.

    pbearperry that's a great story.
     
  8. NGIB

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    I actually saw a blank on ebay but to be honest I'm not that good at working with wood. By starting out with the large oversize grip I was able to keep it symmetric and get the shape right. I actually just bought another action sans barrel & grip so I can reassemble another 4 incher as a GP revolver.

    Even with the short barrel and trimmed grip this is still a pretty big revolver but now it fits in my truck console very nicely...
     
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    Very nice!
     
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