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Old 05-19-2020, 08:36 PM
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Did early 686's ever come with the football cutout grips, or did they all have the SLC grips?

Everything I see says the footballs went up until 1982. Is this possible?

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This one shipped in mid 1982 with these speed loader cutouts. And of course, almost anything is possible with Smith & Wesson...
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Never seen any early L frames with football grips from factory.
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My 19-4 shipped in 1980 with speed loader cutout stocks. When I acquired it, I was told the football cutout stocks were gone by 1978.

I'm sure to real experts will be along soon.
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I think the footballs lasted a few years into the 80s on the N frames.
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My 686 no dash from June 1982 had Speed Loader cutout grips.
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