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Hello. I recently found a grip maker I didn't know existed! Browsing his site, I found that I liked what I saw. I contacted Mr. Collins to see if a set of stocks for a round butt K-frame were available and the set I wanted was.

I sent in my cashier's check last week and today I received the grips. They are of Black Ash Burl and are laminated with
darker colored wood on the front and rear of the grip straps.
(These are Picture ID #336 on his site.)

Intended for use on an S&W Model 10 4" Heavy Barrel, I was pleased to note that they "press" into place and have no movement even before being screwed on; in short, they fit very well.


Here you can see the fit on the front of the grips below the triggerguard.


...and from the bottom.


And a side view from the rear.

Comfort is very subjective, but I do find these stocks extremely comfortable, but more importantly just enough thicker and with enough "filler" on the front to handle the loss of lateral control I was having with thinner grips.

They will work with speedloaders but were this revolver intended strictly for defensive purposes I would very slightly relieve the area behind the cylinder when in the open position.


A view of the Collins grips on the revolver.

I fully admit that there are less expensive choices and I've had really good luck with certain makes and models of rubber grips, but on a blued gun I prefer wood when possible. So far I am quite pleased with the quality, fit, and looks of these grips.

I suspect that they have found a "home."

If interested in Mr. Collins' work, his site has very good pictures, his prices, and contact information.

www.collinscraftgrips.com

Best.
 

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Mr. Collins does great work with wood, and he does similarly good work with the "industrials." This is a set of his "aged faux ivory" grips fabricated from Micarta on an N frame. The fit on these is exceptional.

 

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This is the gent in Indiana, right? I've often thought of getting something from him, but never taken the plunge.

Thanks to both of you for your great photos! :) They make me want to buy!
 

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Hi Stephen,

They are indeed beautiful grips!

I do enjoy burled ash and curly maple. There is just something very classic about those woods!

Thank you for sharing the pictures with us.

Chris
 
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