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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

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    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

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    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.

    Best,
    Johnny
     
  3. Old Fuff

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    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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