I went to look at a new S&W Performance Center 627 today and although I loved the gun, I was very dissapointed in the grip. The wooden slabs were not flush and were flared out from each other at the base. It looks like they were just thrown together out of a seconds bin and stuck on the gun. It comes with a rubber grip as well, but for as much as they cost and coming directly from the shop it would seem they would at least look it over and change defective fitting grips. I hope that S&W makes it right to the gun shop because I want the gun- I just can't see spending that kind of cash for such a sloppy fit. Otherwise it is an amazing gun and maybe I shouldn't make a big deal about the grips...but it gripes me.
*I am not bashing S&W in any way and in fact I am a die hard fan- that is why I hate seeing poor examples of quality control.