I just bought this 581 on GB from one of my usual dealers (sorry if I outbid anyone here, I REALLY needed a 581!!) I guess $303 was enough to take it, I was in the field when the auction ended so I was thinking I would be outbid by some deep-pocketed S&W junkie, but got lucky I guess. I know once I receive it I'm gonna want a 681 too, and then probably a 4" 586 and 686 to go with the 6", man the addiction continues!! Never had so much fun being broke all the time though
Looks solid from the pics, as a cop revolver fanatic this was on my short list of "must haves". Anyway, it looks like the grips have either been altered or came this way, the work looks well done and it's an obvious attempt to make a more efficient use of a speedloader, these look like they were the older extractor "dished" target grips, not the later speedloader cutout ones. It would have to mean that the whole grip was then refinished, to cover up the cut.
No big deal, just curious if this was a wierd oddball factory S&W grip. I will probably put a set of Magnas and a T-Grip on this anyway, but you never know, the big clunky S&W targets might grow on me yet