Custom Wooden Pistol Handle for Taurus Judge

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Project by Barrett posted 1248 days ago 10243 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A coworker of mine heard about my woodworking addiction and asked if I would be interesting in creating a custom wooden handle for a pistol he had. When I started thinking about it I thought that maybe it was a Colt 1911 and I could simply make some custom grips that screwed into the metal handle. Turns out he had a Taurus Judge designed to have a full wrap around handle that is screwed onto the metal tang. This was going to be a tough custom wood pistol handle.

I told him I would take on the challenge and came up with a game plan. When creating this custom wood pistol handle I knew that I will have to shape the wood to fit comfortably in either hand and also have a slot for the metal tang that would fit tightly. There was little room for error because the handle couldn’t rattle in the slightest. I picked up a piece of yellow-orange maple burl and set to work.

Using the original Taurus Judge handle I cut the basic shape out on my bandsaw, routed the inside, then shaped the handle with my Dewalt Orbiting Sander.

I posted a little tutorial with more pictures here:


More photos on my personal site:

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#1 posted 1248 days ago

Beautiful wooden grips – I’m sure he was mighty pleased with the workmanship and the gorgeous wood. Is that pistol tooled for .410 ga shotgun shells – that is what it looks like?

Again, great job on the grips.


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Don Johnson

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#2 posted 1248 days ago

Lovely job!

If your coworker is a member of a club, you could be inundated with similar requests !

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#3 posted 1248 days ago

It does take those shotgun shells. The term “hand cannon” comes to mind :)

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#4 posted 1248 days ago

The “Judge” shoots .45 long colt and .410 shot shells. There are quite a few different loads now made in both calibers since the judge is around. My father-in-law has two Judges. The Circuit Judge is a carbine and he just got the hand revolver in 3in cylinder, 3in barrel stainless steel. Very heavy gun, but they’re a blast to shoot.

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#5 posted 1248 days ago

Thanks for the tips in the blog I might try this one day and It looks great!

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#6 posted 1202 days ago

Hi my name is Greg Carrasco I would like to find out if you would be willing to make me a grip for mine I loved your work and would like one on my Taurus judge if you would like to contact me directly my number is 910 237 8512

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#7 posted 787 days ago

oh yes for the fine grips, and oh yes for a fine pistol. AND, oh yess for top-3 congrats

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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