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I'm probably going to be escorted off the site for extremely long posts, but here goes another one!

My grand father worked for the Sheriff's Office in the county where I grew up. He past when I was very young I believe in 1972 or 1973. At the time I never thought about it, but as I grew older and started to develope an interest in guns I began to wonder where his service revolver went when he past. Did the department take it back? Did my grand mother have it? I had no idea!

When I was in college I spent a weekend at my grand mother's and got brave enough to ask. She got a little emotional and told me that she had it and it was put away. Some 20 years later my grand mother past and again I had no thoughts of the gun, I actually had forgotten about it until a recent visit to my Dad's. My Mother past in 2011 and Dad is starting to clean out and go through some things to actually make some room in the house, my Mother was very crafty and had several collections of unusual things. Anyway, guess what surfaced?

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Smith & Wesson Model 10-5 .38 Special Service Revolver

It may not be obvious from the pictures but this weapon is in amazing shape! Best I can tell from my research it was manufactured in the early 1960s. The only wear I could find was at the front of the barrel I'm guessing from holster wear. The barrel is spotless, like it's never been fired spotless. For now it's going to live with my Dad as it should, but I have been assured when he is called home the weapon will come to me.

Anyway, enough family history, and on to my question...

There are 2 gold pieces seen in the picture that I have never seen before. One mounted onto the trigger and secured by two tiny set screws. I did not try to remove them and probably never will, but does anyone know the purpose of this trigger guard/extension looking thing?? The other is mounted on the front side of the grip by two thin pieces of metal that are clamped between the left and right grip. I did remove this piece just to see the difference with and without it and the difference is pretty substantial. It forced my index finger too close to the trigger guard really making me wonder why it was there? My grand father was a large man, much bigger than me and I don't know why he would have such an item unless he installed it prior to his passing knowing my grand mother would make use of the gun. She was a tiny woman. Has anyone ever seen anything like these items?

Also, not visible in the pictures was another little modification I'm told was done by my grand father...

He removed the grips from both sides, traced the outline onto what looked like a Clorox bottle, and cut the shape out and placed it under each grip when they were reinstalled. It made the grip slightly larger, but also put a white line between the frame and grips that really gave the gun a different look! It was done very well and until I removed the grips to identify the gold object I thought it was a factory part of the grip.

Any help appreciated, and if nothing else enjoy the pics of an old service revolver!

Thom
 

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Looks like it's got a trigger shoe and a Tyler's T-grip adapter on it. Tyler's makes both, so they are probably both from them.

The trigger shoe was popular on the skinny triggers. It's a quick and cheap way to get a wide trigger (ie like the wide target triggers of target guns) without actually replacing the trigger.

The other item looks like a Tyler's T grip adapter and it's is meant to fill in the gap between the back of the trigger guard and the front strap. Again, a quick and fairly cheap way to improve the gun without actually replacing the factory parts.

Tyler's is still in business. Here's a link Tyler Manufacturing and Distribution Company, Inc

Sounds to me like Grandpa was a man that knew his pistols and knew what he wanted and needed to make it work best in his hand. Back then, unless you didn't make it yourself or have somebody locally that could do it for you, there wasn't much you could do to modify or customize a gun. Big aftermarket grip makers like Pachmyr and Hogue weren't in existance back then. If I read your post right, you Grandpa was modifying his gun about the same time Pat Hogue was a beat cop making grips in his garage for his local cop buddies. EVERYTHING was custom work and there wasn't a nation wide resource like the internet so you could find somebody out of your immediate area that was doing the work you might be interested in.
 
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