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Grips For a Smith & Wesson Model 12

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by SwampWolf, Aug 29, 2022.

  1. SwampWolf

    SwampWolf Member

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    I have a Smith Model 12 revolver with a round butt that has the factory grips. I'd like to put grips on it that fit my hand better but I have read that grips that otherwise fit all other K-frame revolvers won't necessarily go on a K-frame Model 12. Anybody know of a source that has aftermarket grips for a Model 12?
    Thanks.
     
  2. wcwhitey

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    I may be completely wrong but I seem to remember that there is a version of the Model 12 that uses a different slimmer frame. I will do some looking, at least knowing might help track something down. In the meantime a grip adapter may help some.


    Model 12 Secrets


    Okay, not really secrets, but in all honesty it wasn’t until just a few years ago I found out the frames of the first three generations of Model 12’s are about 0.08″ narrower than standard Model 10 frames. I put a set of stock Model 10 grips on a Model 12 once and there was a gap under the grip panel at the side plate. Huh? What? A bit of research yielded the reason and once I knew it, I could “see” it when I handled the guns. The Model 12 does feel “slimmer” — not by much, but it’s there to a practiced eye and hand. The final Model 12-4 introduced in about 1984 went full-width. Oh, and any of them through the years could be had in square or round-butt, with round butt being my favorite. There’s a joke somewhere nearby, but I won’t go there.”

    So apparently this was the case.

    https://bkgrips.com/quality/ These may help and being plastic are easy to fit.
     
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  3. SwampWolf

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    Thanks for the info. Mine is a 12-2 variant, which means it must be the skinnier (and harder to fit) version. I'll keep looking.
     
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    I wonder if a grip adapter might stand proud of the frame.
     
  5. Speedo66

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    I was once approached by a female officer who said she wanted bigger grips for her S&W 36.

    I asked her if she had a square butt or a round butt?

    I got the look and "what the hell does that have to do with anything?" Once she calmed down I was able to explain the difference.
     
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