The Internet has opened up all sorts of possibilities for finding good things; especially the little stuff you normally wouldn’t encounter in gun stores or even at gun shows. Once I bought a revolver just to get its grips and the holster that came with it. Some time prior, I found a Smith & Wesson Heavy Duty .38-44 that factory lettered to 1931. It was in beautiful condition except for one thing. It had been fitted with a pair of modern rubber grips. As shipped its grips had been rather small, checkered and with a fancy S&W monogram. They’re very difficult to come by. Duke already owned a hungarian Model 95 8x56mmR rifle but bought this one in order to get the 650 rounds of original ammunition with it. Get a Grip Browsing Internet auction websites one evening, I saw a S&W US Model 1917 .45 ACP revolver complete with original issue military holster. One thing wasn’t original to it. Instead of the plain walnut grips the US Army would have issued it with, it carried a set of the slim, checkered, monogrammed grips just as I needed for my .38-44. I bought it and sure enough its grips fit the other S&W perfectly. So did its holster fit my Colt US Model 1917. Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Colt put out an entire array of what have come to be called the Second Generation of their original percussion revolvers. There are 10 basic handguns in the assortment plus several minor variations thereof. Also Colt marketed an entire line of accessories for these guns from bullet moulds to shoulder stocks to presentation boxes. Along the way I purchased a basic sample of each model and have them in a wall display in my gun vault. (They also get shot occasionally.) However, all of mine came in the ordinary black cardboard, foam-lined Colt boxes. Therefore, once at a gun store my attention was drawn to another one of these Second Generation Colt capC M CM MY and-ball revolvers. It was theY Model 1851 .36 Navy and it was sitting in a walnut presentation case complete with brass bullet mould, powder flask and even a package of caps marked “made in England.” All those accouterments were brand new. The problem was that the ’51 Navy in the box was well worn and somewhat abused. The one back home in my case was pristine and also had some of the best color case hardening I’d seen on these Second Generation Colt percussion revolvers. No problem: I bought the boxed one, and then traded the revolver off to a gunsmith who could repair the abuse. My prettier Navy .36 seldom sees the inside of that box but when it does, the CYset CMY K makes a great photo prop.