Post by tinkerpearce on Aug 14, 2019 3:15:32 GMT -5
This S&W M1903 M&P .38 has filled a lot of roles since it left the factory before WW1 with a 6-1/2" barrel. Someone modified the front sight, making it a 'half-Target' clone. Then someone refinished it by etching it heavily and applying some kind of ugly black finish and a set of gigantic Pachmayres. I got ahold of it and stripped and refinished it in Antique Gray with a set of wood, then jigged bone grips. It was nice looking and shot well, but any collector value was long gone and I really had no use for a 6-1/2" .38. I've been weeding out my collection of guns I don't shoot and contemplated this one; definitely surplus to need, and the finished needed maintenance. I decided it needed a makeover.
I detail-stripped the gun, then cut and crowned the barrel at 3", which I consider the ideal length for a concealed-carry revolver. I fabricated and mounted a target-style front sight, then sanded away the old finish with 320-grit and rust-blued the frame, barrel, cylinder and crane. I finished up with a set of Elk-antler grips- my first set of antler pistol grips.
The result is very pleasing. The grips are nice and fat, with the 'bark' just where you need to for a good, secure grip. I was thinking of getting a grip-adapter, but it hardly needs it. I figure I'll shoot it for a while and see what I think. Now I need to make a holster for it...
Last Edit: Sept 3, 2019 4:09:48 GMT -5 by tinkerpearce: Oops- got the model number wrong.
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