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Old 12-12-2018, 11:11 PM   #1
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Caution when removing walnut grips

I was removing the walnut grips from my new 3” K6s today in preparation for cleaning and lubing it prior to initial firing. After removing the grip screw and separating the first grip half, a small stainless pin dropped out the pistol. Fortunately I was doing this over a workbench, and had a pistol rug open under the gun, where the tiny little pin landed. While I was staring at it trying to imagine where it might have come from, a second pin fell and landed by the 1st one. After I got both grip halves off, I saw that the grips have two small holes forward of the grip screw that serve as alignment/locaters. The 2 small pins go in these holes, but are not fixed, and just fell out.

My point is that if I had been taking the grips off away from a bench, I might have completely missed these pins falling, and might be totally ignorant of their existence. I have the 2” K6s with the Crimson Trace rubber laserless grips, and they have no such holes/pins.
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Old 12-13-2018, 09:39 AM   #2
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I don't have a K6 but alignment pins are pretty common in wooden revolver grips, I have them in some of my S&W's, Altamont grips use them also.
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Thanks for the warning!

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Old 12-23-2018, 08:02 AM   #4
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I don't have a K6 but alignment pins are pretty common in wooden revolver grips, I have them in some of my S&W's, Altamont grips use them also.
I’ve had S&W models 28, 25, 29, 686, 640, 940, and don’t recall any loose pins falling out when I removed grips. To be fair some came with rubber grips, but the 28, 29, and 25 were originally wood.

The only other grip related “loose parts falling out” I’ve encountered is with factory Ruger SP101 and GP100 grips, where that little steel pin that you use to remove the mainspring is hidden in a groove on one side of the grips. But that pin is mentioned in the manual, not so the pins in the K6s manual.
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Old 05-24-2019, 11:28 PM   #5
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I took a bit of locktite and new the pins stay put but still can be removed
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