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Old 07-10-2018, 11:19 PM
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Just bought These on eBay , Iíve had several model 29s over the years since 1977!or so and never had a set that looked like this. Need opinions, are these Goncalo Alves grips?
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Old 07-11-2018, 12:43 AM
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Don't know, but they sure are nice!
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Looks probable to me. Over the years the clear finish S&W used on those grips yellows,cracks and darkens, and can affect how they appear. I've stripped a few with cracked/yellowed top finishes to find a totally different looking wood hiding underneath.
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:29 AM
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Below are pics of my Model 25-2 and my Model 29-2. The 25 Letters to 1972, and the 29 is 1980. Both have the GA factory stocks.

I am seeing those grips locally for sale in very good condition for between $75 to $115 at shows (with screw).

If you snagged that pair for less than above you did very good in my opinion!
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Yes. And nice ones too!
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Yes GonÁalo Alves. Typical look nothing really unusual about them.
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:34 AM
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Below are pics of my Model 25-2 and my Model 29-2. The 25 Letters to 1972, and the 29 is 1980. Both have the GA factory stocks.

I am seeing those grips locally for sale in very good condition for between $75 to $115 at shows (with screw).

If you snagged that pair for less than above you did very good in my opinion!
I wish I could say I bought them that cheap but I paid $129. From what I can tell from pics I might not have to re finish them.
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:56 AM
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Below are pics of my Model 25-2 and my Model 29-2. The 25 Letters to 1972, and the 29 is 1980. Both have the GA factory stocks.

I am seeing those grips locally for sale in very good condition for between $75 to $115 at shows (with screw).

If you snagged that pair for less than above you did very good in my opinion!
Wow beautiful
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They certainly look it to me.
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Those are some nice grips.

BTW, besides walnut, rosewood, and GA, did S&W use anything else in standard production grips?
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:34 PM
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Good question, Iíd like to know that myself .
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Enjoy them.

I had a pair on a 29-2 that I bought in 1976. Traded them back to the gunsmith a set of Herret Shooting Stars that were smooth. The checkering on the GonÁalo Alves made hamburger out of my hand.
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In wood Per page 41 of the "Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson" - Maple, Cherry, Morado or Bolivian Rosewood, Brazilwood or Pau Ferro, and some possibly ID'ed as Mahogany, Kingwood, Wenge, Zebra Wood, Cocobolo and others not identified.

I have a Mountain Gun with Cocobolo.
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:03 PM
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I bought these on eBay also and refinished with blo, I canít identify wood from beans though . Walnut I think?
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^^^Looks like Goncalo Alves to me.

Edit to add: are those grips for a K or L frame? They don't fit that N frame correctly.
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I bought these on eBay also and refinished with blo, I canít identify wood from beans though . Walnut I think?
The lighting looks like it shows deformities but their are none as I took any scratches out.
I also ordered some GA from Culina Grips last week, Iím excited to see the finished product.
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Here is a smooth (presentation) set of Gonalo Alves grips.
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Here is a smooth (presentation) set of Gonalo Alves grips.
Beautiful, those are similar looking to what I ordered from Culina!
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I know they're not original to my L frame but these are Goncalo Alves as well, correct?

What are these football cutout stocks going for these days?
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Old 07-29-2018, 09:50 PM
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^^^Looks like Goncalo Alves to me.

Edit to add: are those grips for a K or L frame? They don't fit that N frame correctly.
Just put those on today after refinishing, youíre right. Looks like theyíre better suited to my model 19.
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Old 07-30-2018, 08:40 AM
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I'll be the first to admit that I'm no expert on identifying woods but given the reflection coming off the photo, I'd say the grips are walnut. From all I've seen, Goncalo Alves is noted for the straight grain bands of light and dark streaks running through it. Very noticeable and very beautiful.
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Goncalo Alves I still say.

Goncalo Alves | The Wood Database - Lumber Identification (Hardwood)
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