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Came into possession of a beautiful set of S&W grips today. The guy I got them from said his dad took them off and replaced with Pacs and these have been in a drawer for years. They looked somewhat familiar, for some reason (the only Smith I have ever held in my hands was my mighty .38 Combat Masterpiece supplies by the Air Force) Got home and pulled out my 1978 Lyman Pistol & Revolver Handbook and there are the gips in question firmly attached to a Smith of unknown, to me, origin. Can someone please give me the poop on this gun?

 

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...looks like a Model 25 in .45 Colt.....that'd be my guess...those "Target" grips were popular on the K and N frames...the K being your Combat Masterpiece(shipped on .357 factory)...and the N being .41, .44., .45, and the heavy N frame .357....I think they were also called Magna....they didn't fit my hand and I swapped mine for Packys, too....hope this helps...

Chance, were you an AP? When I was a lad, the Air Force issued pilots the S&W Model 12, a 2" round butt airweight .38 that I think Smith developed for the Air Force.......the Combat Masterpiece, which was a 4" with adj. sights, would have been a great improvement...it was heavier, shot like a dream...my first duty weapon...wish I had another....
 

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Appreciate the info Sheepdog. I will probably sell or trade them as I have no use for em. Are they still used on todays guns or are they a part of the past? There is a gun show coming up a week from tomorrow and these are LNIB without the box.

Not an AP, was aircrew. We had the 4 inch .38s and I got my first one in mid '66 at the beginning of my first SEA tour. Couldn't hit squat with it. The Range NCO finally got so thirsty he signed me off. I went overseas and he went to the club for a cold one or 12. I never knew if I really qualified or not.
 

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those are smith "magna" grips and i believe have not been in standard production for a while. Hear tell now-a-days a decent set are bringing $50.00 or more........no telling how many where thrown away by folks back in the 70's and 80's having them replaced with pachmayers.......

i agree, the gun looks like an "N" frame square butt and might be a mdl 25........could also be a mdl 29.

the year 1978----- the 44 mag craze was in full force due to clint eastwood's
dirty harry
magnum force
the enforcer

heck i even had to have a .44 back then................after all, it was hyped as the "world's most powerfull handgun"-----and i fell for it hook, line, and sinker.................could not afford the smith so i had a super blackhawk........
 

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Interesting how they set up the photo with a Sierra JHC bullet and beside it I'm guessing a Speer JHP. It has adjustable sights and with the little taper on the BBL I'm with SD on the Mdl 25 but all I really know is I'd like one, actually a mountain gun in 44 Spl would work nicely.
 
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