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Smith & Wesson GI Aircrew K Frame Grips ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by buffalohunter, Apr 9, 2007.

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  1. buffalohunter

    buffalohunter Member

    Jun 23, 2005
    Central Indiana, USA
    I just bought a pair of grips on Ebay advertised as follows :
    "Up for bid is 1 set of New original Smith and Wesson GI (For Air Force .38 Aircrew Revolvers) K-frame grips, (1 left 1 right). These are real Wood grips. Grips Are sealed in original Military package, Marked "GRIP REVOLVER 1ea. P/N 5910301"

    The grips escutcheons are silver and show a bird with spread wings. There is a sticker inside the one grip on which is printed "MADE IN ITALY". The package was also marked 7/82. The entire grip, including checkering and inside of grip is covered with a thick coating of polyurethane. The quality of the grips is not up to S&W standards of the early 80's.
    What do I have ? Are they US GI grips for a K-Frame or was I ripped off ?
  2. Johnny Guest

    Johnny Guest Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 20, 2002
    North Texas
    Need more info

    Easiest way to get some informed answers is for you to give the auction number so we can go to e-bay and look at the seller's images.

    I understand the auction is closed, but I think the info stays up on the board for at least a few days.

  3. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    They sound like something imported from Italy by SILE Distributors. I don't know if the Air Force bought any or not, but they could have on a lowest-bid basis.

    Be that as it may, the revolver came with Smith & Wesson stocks, and the word "replacement" suggests that they are a S&W product - which they aren't. I have seen SILE stocks selling for $10.00 and under on CDNN Sports. If you paid more the $15.00 I'd say you got ripped off.
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