Mad, I actually like the original laminated grips. The originals had a defect with how the medallion was mounted on one side. It was not good. I contacted Colt and they replaced them but the replacements had a defect (splintered) on the same side. So I ordered a set of Altamont walnut grips. They looked great , nice quality but they were very light in color. I wanted a darker set. Over on the C forum I found out about this company. They do great work (they explain their trigger guard fit on their website). With these I got a totally better look.I think the Altamonts on the current Pythons are laminated wood, those look a lot better, like whole walnut blocks. Now, I don't think the Altamonts on my 6" Python look bad, per se, but those look better.