Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by shoebox1.1, Sep 15, 2021.
i have its DAO brother, ca. 1993. They are great shooters.
Mine is regulated well with 158 gr SWC and 148 gr target Wadcutters both, which is a bit weird for fixed sight revolver as most seem to like one particular load best.
I kept the Hogue gripper rubber grips that came in it, the only mod I’ve done is paint the front sight blaze orange with model paint.
When you get a chance to shoot it let us know how it shoots for you.
Those rubber grips look like the Uncle Mikes that my NY DOC trade in Model 10s came with. Certainly not pretty but they fit my hands very well and I like the Mikes. Your Model 64 may deserve a better look than my well worn Model 10s though. Lots of Magnas on ebay.
I got one of those turn-in Model 64's recently, too. Mine is not nearly so pristine, but it wasn't shot a lot. It's solid mechanically and a good shooter. Model 10's and their derivatives are sturdy 38's. My daughter plans on claiming it soon. If she changes the springs a few times she can probably pass it down to her own daughter one day.
I coincidentally had a set of Herrett's target grips sitting around, but no extra K frame to fill them with.
Smith and Wesson Model 64-5 38 special by Tallball posted Jun 3, 2021 at 2:23 PM
and have come standard on some Smith
models. They are excellent grips. Hang
onto them! They'll serve well if heavier
loads are used as opposed to the Magnas,
depending on one's hand size of course.
I had a 64 that came with them, but they were pretty rough by the time they got to me.
I dont like the grips that cover the backstrap, as they screw with the trigger finger geometry, and a lot of the current S&W rubber grips, actually make felt recoil worse with heavy recoiling guns.
The Houge grips are usually what I go with if Im not using the Magnas and T grip I prefer (if youre going with Magnas youre probably going to want a T grip). They dont cover the backstrap, and your trigger finger is where its supposed to be. They might be somewhat ugly, but they are very comfortable to shoot with, and for me, the best "shooters" of all of them.
With the round butt guns, you have a choice with the Houges too. The RB to SB conversion grips deal with S&W's now RB only thing, and give you a good, full sized grip. I think S&W ditching the SB option was a mistake, especially for the longer barreled guns, but thats me. If you want something a little smaller and more compact, their "Bantam" versions work well too.
These old Smiths are indeed hard to put down once in hand, loaded or not.
Check out my eBay magnas. Weird gap front and rear. Any ideas what these are?
Other than the fit, they were in pretty good shape. I removed what was needed from the back side at the top until I got them to fit. Worked out OK, but was a PITA.
I was just on there last night and bid on a couple more sets. Magnas, and most of the older S&W grips have gone crazy price wise. Seem to be recently, a lot of old trade in or maybe grips from demilled guns listed that vary from rough to very rough, and even those aren't all that cheap. Then you have the other end, where the nice ones are $80 to $100, even $200.
Just take it easy when you do it. I always seem to tend to get carried away with the Dremel.
I used my pocket knife and a sanding block. I mic'd the offset in the frame and notched that point down on the grips until they were real close and just a tad fat, then carried that out towards the top, trying to keep it a little fat so there was a liitle there to work with, and then, using the sanding block to finish it off. Takes a little time and a lot of fitting/checking.
A good set of the older diamond grips seem to be even more valuable than the later Magnas. I think the new Magnas they are using currently just look cheap and crappy.
Hey, you needed a little gun project, right? Have fun doing it, and good luck.
The guy at BK has a good product, is good to deal with, and if he has what youre looking for in stock, he ships quick too.
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