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I see at least 2 pairs of pre war Magnas worth a couple hundred each and the diamond targets now sell for $100 and up

well I see non relieved diamond targets
and those funny ones with larger checkering
Yeah I see what looks like the following;

K Pre War Magnas
N Pre War Magnas
diamond magnas (several pairs)
Cokes (at least one pair)
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Thanks for the comments Gentlemen. For the record - the top open drawer are N Frame Grips and the bottom are K/L Frame grips.

The other drawers are for some of my Colt and J Frame grips (or Stocks if you are a Colt guy).

Here's another interesting story - the Pre-War N Frame Magnas in the picture were originally bought without the medalions in them. I paid $7 or $8 for them. Other than the medallions removed, they were in like new condition. The original owner must have bought himself a nice set of stag grips and had the medallions tranferred to them. I bartered for a set of beat up Pre-War N Frame service grips that somebody tried to fit to a K frame gun and used the medallions from them for these grips. Here is what they looked like when I bought them:


The picture also shows a Registered Magnum I bought that came with an excellent set of Cokes on them. They made great take-offs when I replaced them with a different set of Pre-War Magnas. I'm saving the pristine set of Pre-War Magnas for a Pristine Registered Magnum (which I will probably never be able to afford).



Here are some well worn Pre-War N-Frame Service grips and a S&W Grip Adapter (I used to buy these up too):

No Medallion/Brass Medallion/Silver Medallions. I like how they look, but Magnas feel so much better to me.
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Thanks for the comments Gentlemen. For the record - the top open drawer are N Frame Grips and the bottom are K/L Frame grips.

The other drawers are for some of my Colt and J Frame grips (or Stocks if you are a Colt guy).

Here's another interesting story - the Pre-War N Frame Magnas in the picture were originally bought without the medalions in them. I paid $7 or $8 for them. Other than the medallions removed, they were in like new condition. The original owner must have bought himself a nice set of stag grips and had the medallions tranferred to them. I bartered for a set of beat up Pre-War N Frame service grips that somebody tried to fit to a K frame gun and used the medallions from them for these grips. Here is what they looked like when I bought them:


The picture also shows a Registered Magnum I bought that came with an excellent set of Cokes on them. They made great take-offs when I replaced them with a different set of Pre-War Magnas. I'm saving the pristine set of Pre-War Magnas for a Pristine Registered Magnum (which I will probably never be able to afford).

You have done well.....a pile of desirable/rare stocks and an RM
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Thanks! Pre-War and 5 Screw N Frames are my favorites. Here is my 34/44 Outdoorsman with original grips:

Those Pre-War Magnas get me every time.
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Wrong gun for the grips, but I put them on one day for a trip to the range.
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Where are all the S&Ws that now wander the Earth naked?
Plenty of good guns wearing rubber grips our there, there are also many good aftermarket alternatives. Here is a set of genuine Ivory K frame grips I picked up that I am still looking for the right gun to mount on:


These are crying to be put on a shiny engraved gun, just haven't found the right one yet...
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But to truly understand or be completely confused one must get down to the species of wood.

Rosewood is a broad term and the Cocobolo and other names are in the same Genus with many similar characteristics. Either/or they all are really nice!!

Yes, it's only Wikipedia but is easy to read.

Rosewood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dalbergia retusa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dalbergia nigra - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wieipedia!! As I understand, S&W mostly used Brazilian Rosewood for their stocks. While the genus is the same, the woods are different and should not be lumped together. The Genus Pinus (Pine) has many species (White, Red, Jack, Scotch, Loblolly, etc.) , which are all different and distinct in nature. The walnut stocks used by S&W was mostly Juglans Nigra (Black Walnut), but other genus species are Butternut, California Walnut, English Walnut, etc. These species all differ in appearance and silvics characteristics.

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Default Non-factory smooth combat Cocobolo grips

I bought this pair in the late 1970's, from the San Francisco Gun Exchange. The grip
maker was a good friend of the Posner family that owned the store, but I don't
remember who it was. I bought several pairs at the time, but subsequently sold all but
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These next two pictures have a glare problem, but they do show the nice color.





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Mike, those look like Fuzzy Farrant grips.
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Here are four different colors of factory target stocks.





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You may be right. The following is a page from Farrants catalog, and this particular
page shows the $40 price for these combat grips in Cocobolo.



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Wrong gun for the grips, but I put them on one day for a trip to the range.
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I traded a 5" model 27-2 barrel for a very similar set of fairly early smooth rosewood target stocks, which now have a permanent residence on my favorite shooting iron:



Closer-ups (you've got to love the grain in these and many of the other stocks pictured):



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These are some that I collected over the years. The one in the middle has very nice
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This first pair is Keith Brown's rendition of Kearsarge stocks. Everything about them is
spectacular.





This next pair is from Herretts, and has spectacular grain. The first picture is a
profile view, showing the palm swell or Coke-bottle appearance.



The next two pictures are of the sides of the stocks.





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would these be rosewood? They are original to the gun.

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Very nice Rosewood grips and good information here!
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I had some Brazilian rosewood left over from a job in the 70's. It's the prettiest wood paneling I have ever seen to date. The wood grain changes color from Brown, to Gray, to a reddish. It's awesome rich looking wood.

I purchase nothing but firewood grips for my s&w revolvers. There on eBay for around $38, $42, $59 a set for n frames. There from Thailand. The really Purdy.
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I had some Brazilian rosewood left over from a job in the 70's. It's the prettiest wood paneling I have ever seen to date. The wood grain changes color from Brown, to Gray, to a reddish. It's awesome rich looking wood.

I purchase nothing but firewood grips for my s&w revolvers. There on eBay for around $38, $42, $59 a set for n frames. There from Thailand. The really Purdy.
We need some firewood pics!! I have looked at them, but, I can not decide.
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Well, the wind stopped, and I went out and plinked for a while.

I love the look/feel of the wood, my favorite K-22 has wood.

BUT,

this gun just feels good when shooting.



U G L Y , yea, but the grips perform.

I was looking real hard for grips in rosewood for this one, but, I think I will stay with the Gumby grips - at least until I run out of ammo!!

I like this one with rubber grips, too.



Maybe I need a soft wood combat grip ~ the best of both worlds
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Here are the Pre War N Frame Magnas that Keith Brown made for me from Rosewood. I wish there was more of it around.
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Those are sweet Bill,Great idea.
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I like smooth stocks ! Top left: Rosewood, top right: Goncalo Alves. Lower left: Goncalo Alves, lower right: Rosewood.

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I have several sets of Rosewood stocks, here are a few of them-

modified K frame (been shortened slightly on the bottom)-



This is a set I bought from a forum member that were in need of a re-finish. They had had the football relief slightly modified at some point in their past-









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I just love to drool over the many beautiful grips in this thread . Something about a magnificent pair from the '50's that make them as desirable as the guns they once went on . Some of those smooth N frame targets are to die for , and a set of deep dark Coke's with fancy grain in mint condition are enough to bring me to tears ......
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I just love to drool over the many beautiful grips in this thread . Something about a magnificent pair from the '50's that make them as desirable as the guns they once went on . Some of those smooth N frame targets are to die for , and a set of deep dark Coke's with fancy grain in mint condition are enough to bring me to tears ......
Especially when you have to pay for them.
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.Especially when you have to pay for them.

touche' !!

....heck , I'd pay 600 -700 $ bucks for a well grained truly mint set of Cokes
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These are in the mail, I should have them next week. Wondering if you guys think they are rosewood:





They looked enough like my other Rosewood Stocks that I just had to buy them. The 66 stamped on them sort of interests me, if they are actually factory it wouldn't surprise me if they stamped the S/N on both panels if the gun were S/N 66, I would expect that might be a special gun?
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Yes, they are Rosewood. Look nice too.
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Do you guys expect these are rosewood also? I figured they were based on that grain on the back of them.





Is there some significance to the fact that there are only two numbers stamped on these and those J-Frames?

Any idea when these and those J-Frame stocks may have been made? 1960s?
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Do you guys expect these are rosewood also?

Absolutely
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I think these are rosewood too. What do y'all think?








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Is there some significance to the fact that there are only two numbers stamped on these and those J-Frames?

Any idea when these and those J-Frame stocks may have been made? 1960s?
Six - they are absolutely Rosewood. I'd guess that they are late 50's / early 60's.
The significance of the two digit numbers is to keep the two wood panels together til the end of finishing (of manufacturing).
Here is a set of J Rosewood Magnas with similar stamping.




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Ended up with some non-relieved K frame rosewood targets (pretty sure, sometimes you guys surprise me by telling me I am wrong, my rosewood lust may blind me a bit at times.)

In any case, they are pretty as heck.

I haven't seen many around. Those Rosewood N Frames on my 5" 27 here are pretty much my favorite factory stocks, I couldn't resist pairing them with the K frames which don't have the same kind of profile, but seem to be the same wood. Maybe with a few repairs, I can't quite tell if its just natural variation in the wood or if someone has tinkered with them.

In any case, they seem to go well on the pre-17. They feel really nice too.
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I love rosewood stocks, and after seeing the Eagle smooth rosewood Classics, i just had to dress my 28-2 4" and 6". Great thread and absolutely beautiful stocks !!!




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Can you guys give me your opinion?

These were labeled Ebony, but I'm not sure. They look an awful lot like old rosewood to me. I do however have rosewood on the brain so I am wondering if that's my issue.



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These were labeled Ebony, but I'm not sure.
I vote Ebony,,, why would they be black on the inside??
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Love my Rosewoods.

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Gotta go. Try to share more later. Love rosewood, and have an acoustic guitar that smells like heaven.

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I really had to think long and hard to come up with a gun that might have Rosewood stocks on it. This was the last Ladysmith they made before going to the 357 J Frame. The only one rated +P and the last one to have solid stocks. Circa 1991. It's a 60-7 and had very brief window of production.
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Funny how things happen, just got these the other day.....

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I first noticed the beauty of rosewood in 1969 when I purchased a Bear HC300 recurve target bow. It has some of the prettiest (I think) Brazilian rosewood I have ever seen. Kept that bow for over 30 years, even after I no longer competed in archery.
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Gorgeous. Interesting too that his design changed, what with that extra pin in there.
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I sorta like these combat grips.



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I missed out on a nice K diamond set a few years ago.
I couldn't quite afford them.
Luckily I was able to Just make up for that.




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