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Old 07-10-2018, 11:19 PM
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Just bought These on eBay , I’ve 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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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 Gonçalo 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, I’d 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 Gonçalo 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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