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I just picked up this Model 1955 Target today. SN S 1435XX. Pretty sure it was made around 1955.

My question is about the grips. When I look in SCSW the photos show target grips with checkering. These are smooth and appear to be Rosewood, not Walnut. They are not lettered to the gun, at least not that I can see. They do seem to be pretty well aged.

Could this revolver have left the factory with these grips, or are they replacements?

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I believe the targets with the cutout were later than 1955.
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Those are early target grips with the small cutout, possibly rosewood.
Could have been correct for the year of shipment, maybe VM or someone knows a bit more.
They look nice, though.
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Certainly rosewood. I have a set just like that, but they are much more beat up. They are my favorite factory stocks to shoot with. As I understand it they were something you could order directly from the factory to add to the gun, which is where most of them come from.

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I'm not seeing rosewood. To me they look like some really nice Goncalo
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If you find you want a pair of checkered stocks, I'll swap you. Let me know if your coming to the show in Sturbridge Ma, Jan 3 & 4.
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My understanding is that most were shipped from the factory with 'non-relieved' checkered walnut stocks. Being 'non-relieved', they did not have the football cut out. But with S&W, anything is possible. The factory letter should shed more light on the original configuration.

I recently found a set of 'non-relieved' checkered targets for my Model of 1955 here in the classified section.

Nice revolver by the way,
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Those stocks fit the character and age of your revolver beautifully. Looks like they're growing old together. Model 1955 Target
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That's a beautiful piece of history.


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Howdy Again Everybody

Heard from Roy today. My Model 1955 Target shipped in May of 1955. Roy said he thinks 'it is possible that the grips are correct.' He also suggested I letter the gun, for a couple of reasons, which I intend to do.

Thanks for the various offers to buy or trade the grips, but I think I have decided to keep them on the gun. They are nicely aged, just like the gun, regardless of whether they originally shipped with the gun.
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Howdy Again

I took the gun to the range today. Yes, these are the best two targets, and yes, I was shooting at 50 feet from a rest. Still, with my crummy eyesight I was very pleased. I put two boxes of factory 45 ACP through it today and I had a ball. Even put some water bottles up on the berm, just for fun.




P.S. Yes it is shooting a bit to the right, I didn't try to adjust the sights, that will be for another day.

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First class act.
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The stocks are not correct for your 1955 45 Target Model. The stocks would not have the relieved area on the left panel. It was first used by S&W in late 58 or so. Your 1955 45 Target was most likely shipped with checked target stocks made of American walnut and without a relieved area on the left stock panel.

The stocks in the photo would be correct for your revolver.

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The SCSW is not always correct,1955 .45acp Targets shipped with the non relieved checkered Target Stocks unless special ordered with Magna's or smooth Targets.
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I have so many guns that I didn't know what type of grips I have on my Model of 1955. I thought they were relieved until I posted a picture of mine for about 1 minute and saw I was wrong! (so I quickly deleted the post in embarrassment)

Mine has "non" relieved targets on it just as has been stated above. Time to get some sleep obviously. It's good to laugh at ones self occasionally - it keeps us humble
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