Found a nice set of original type grips for my grandfather`s S&W model 18-2 on an e-bay auction. It looked good to start with, real pearl grips. But looks even better with diamond service grips like it had originally.
Interesting story goes with this gun. It was missing from the family for almost 40 years before I ran across it a few years ago.
My grandfather bought it new when he quit farming. When he passed away in 1967 my dad wanted to buy it from his estate, but no one could find it. Everyone assumed he must have sold it before his death.
A few years ago I was at a local range and got to talking to a fellow that I knew. He was shooting a nice little S&W with pearl grips on it. Asked where he got it and got a real surprise.
Gerald said that he had gotten it right after he got out of school back in 1966. That my grandfather had given it to him in exchange for painting his house and garage.
I tried to buy it, but Gerald had owned the gun for almost 40 years and wasn`t interested in selling it. Turned me down even when I offered quite a bit more than it was worth at the time.
But I didn`t give up. Eventually we worked out a trade for a really nice 6" model 17 that I had.
He had replaced the grips many years before and the original grips were long gone. Looked real good with the pearl grips. Didn`t start looking for any other grips till recently.
Anyway, when I made the trade I offered the gun to my dad, but he said to keep it. He was just glad it made its way back into the family.
It`s a model 18-2 made in 1962. Has been shot a fair amount, but has been well cared for and is still in nice condition for its age.
Pics below with both sets of grips and my other Smith 22s.