Custom Gun Grip

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Project by Skelatile posted 11-26-2010 03:13 AM 4426 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Grips for a Taurus .357 Magnum Revolver. Carved out of maple and purpleheart. Did the carving with my dremel. This was a pretty challenging project. Trying to get the pieces to fit just right on the gun itself and then fine tuning the grip so it fit the hand comfortably was really annoying haha. Never worked with purpleheart before, its a lot harder than I was expecting. Unfortunately it, for some reason, lost the majority of its purple color in the carving process. Sanded down to 320 and finished with danish oil. Thanks for looking. The picture with the rubber grip was the original grip I was using as the template.

Anyone know how to really bring out the color of purpleheart?

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#1 posted 11-26-2010 03:20 AM

I would love to try this for my Ruger 480 Redhawk. Have wood grips on my Ruger MKII with the thumb rest and really like them. Your grips may inspire me to give it a go. Nice work, looks great.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 11-26-2010 03:47 AM

Best part about this project is if you’re doing it on commission and they don’t pay…

As for purple heart, it is a beautiful wood and any glossy or matte finish will bring out the color. But it will turn brown in time. Keep it out of the light and it will stay purple longer, perhaps several years. I would use an oil finish like tung oil or something similar to preserve the righ feel of the wood in your hand.

By the way, you seem to be good at creating a comfortable, natural shape for a hand grip. Ever consider making your own saw grips? I am making a new grip for my dovetail saw to fit my hand perfectly and think it will come out really nice!

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#3 posted 11-26-2010 03:48 AM

Perfect execution on those grips! Love em’!

-- Darrell B.

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#4 posted 11-26-2010 04:02 AM

Awesome job.

-- Rusty

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#5 posted 11-26-2010 06:22 AM

That is a beautiful grip. You did a great job with it.

I like Jim’s idea of making saw handles. I may add that to my list of things to do.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#6 posted 11-26-2010 07:53 AM

Not so fast Jim, You need to have an FFL to take posession of someone else’s firearm overninght:-(( You still have to run them down if they don’t pay :-)

Nice work on the grips. I thought it was a S&W when I first saw the project. Didn’t kknow they looked to similiar.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 11-26-2010 08:51 PM

Topamaxsurvivor is correct. If you keep someone else’s firearm overnight, you are considered a dealer/gunsmith and need a FFL. The firearm has to be logged in and out according to BATFE regulations. Been there, done it.

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#8 posted 11-27-2010 02:06 AM

I thought about making some custom stocks until I found that out. More trouble than it is worth, soI just did a few of my own. Pistol grips are a lot easier to fit than barreled actions on a rifle :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 11-27-2010 03:44 AM

Nice job

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 11-27-2010 06:25 AM

OOOOHHHHH those are cool!!! Love the look and I bet they feel oooohhhh so good!
Nothing like making sawdust and recoil in the same project.
Keep up the good work, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 08-06-2015 01:04 AM

Very nice!

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