Two Piece Alloy XR3 ALCOA Grip Frame

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wotter9

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Hello All,
I was hoping someone might be able to enlighten me on what the story is with this grip -frame on this old .357 Flattop I bought recently.

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Not much blueing remains and barrel has been trimmed back to 6".
Front sight also looks to be also trimmed as it is only about 2/3" long and is consequently shorter and lower than usual.
(Shoots about 2.5' feet high @ 30 paces).

The grip-frame is an alloy two-piece job, with the trigger guard a fair bit bigger than normal.
It is stamped ALCOA (boxed) G, and XR3.

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The grips which came off it are engraved NEW 2005 VAQ W' LOCK.

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Is this an after-market grip frame?
Thanks
(This is my first attempt at pictures, sorry about the size.....)
 

contender

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Well, I couldn't see the pic, but I can say that Ruger never produced a factory 2-piece grip frame. Sounds like somebody customized a factory grip frame.
 

tsubaki

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See if this thread sheds some light.
http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=131343
And do click on the link.
http://www.gunblast.com/Hamm_Ruger-SA-GripFrames.htm
It was the first thing I read after finding this site
 

wotter9

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I just checked.
The trigger guard itself is steel, and the frame is alloy.
Poor old thing; not sure why someone would mess with it so much.
 

CraigC

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This is baffling. I agree it looks like someone modified the original grip frame with the removable triggerguard. You should be able to find a suitable replacement for $75-$150. Would make the perfect project gun. I hope you didn't pay too much for it.
 
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Yep the trigger guard is from a new model. Could be the XR-3 trigger guard had the front cut out for fast draw????????????????

What holds the trigger return spring in place?? Don't see a hole for it. Has it been modified for a block of Alum. ???
 
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I'm guessing the trigger return spring/plunger still insert into what remains of the XR3 frame. Whoever machined it apparently left enough of it to retain at least part of the hole.

Just speculation, mind you.

What an interesting piece of work. Looks like the XR3 might have been a little the worse for wear before the modification took place.

:)
 
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