Gun Scales for 1911 Colt

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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 04-14-2018 01:15 AM 1286 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my buddy needed a new set of gun scales. He used to shoot with his right hand but after an injury, he now shoots with his left.

“Hey Bob, wanna help me make a new set of grips?” “Sure” I said,” why not?”

To make the project even more difficult, we had to trace the scales but make the left side the right and vice versa. with different shapes on each. It made envisioning it that much harder. Measure 4 times, think in reverse, then cut.

Amazing how many tools we used to cut, shape, file, drill and sand these two small pieces of wood. Even used the drill press as a milling machine with a router bit spinning at 3,000 RPM to cut the exact “flat” sides that fit against the gun.

Took us about 10 hours but we nailed it without having to start over.

With 3 coats of lacquer on this spalted maple, he now has a real show piece.

Bob April 13.2018.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 04-14-2018 01:24 AM

Nice! Beautiful marking in that maple!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 04-14-2018 02:22 AM

Very Nice & Well Done Bob!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 04-14-2018 04:33 AM

Bob those are some beautiful grips. You did an awesome job on them.

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#4 posted 04-14-2018 05:36 AM

I am also a shooter. Those grips are beautiful and look as if they will handle repeated firing without hand or arm fatigue. Great job,

-- MEL, Kansas

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#5 posted 04-14-2018 12:45 PM

Great looking work! Well done and nice gun!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 04-14-2018 01:03 PM

That’s a really cool piece of splatted Maple and a perfect use of it.

I’ve never used target shooting pattern grips on a 1911, how do they feel?

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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Bob A in NJ

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#7 posted 04-14-2018 01:28 PM

Matt, We are both target shooters so we took our time “sneaking up” on the grip to fit his hand exactly.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#8 posted 04-14-2018 02:21 PM

simply a beautiful set of grips i know how hard it is to make gun parts made a stock for buddy’s shotgun cut fit cut fit cut fit cut fit you get the idea here ….GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#9 posted 04-14-2018 02:24 PM

not sure which is better, the craftsmanship or that beautiful hunk of lumber

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#10 posted 04-16-2018 12:09 AM

Nice work!! They look great!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#11 posted 04-22-2018 10:34 AM

Hi: I needed to change the metal grip of my colt 1911 but I do not have any plan of how to cut them or how to shape them in a relatively simple way. You can guide me. Thank you

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