Pistol Grips

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Project by sgtq posted 09-29-2011 06:43 PM 2445 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to make some custom grips for my Armscor 1911. I used the old grips as templates and started with a piece of 3/4 maple, I used the bandsaw to resaw it into 2 different pieces, than traced the old grips and cut them out with the bandsaw once again. After getting the rough shape I used a porter cable benchtop belt sander to shape them to same thickness as the old grips. This took lots of time and checks with the calipers. Once satisfied with the thickness I used a 1/4 forstner bit to drill out the top holes so the screws can sit flush and than another bit to drill out the back hole that accepts the studs on the grip of the weapon. This was probably the hardest step of this project, if you make a little mistake and drill too deep you might as well throw the grips away because there is no way to fix it. So I used lots of shallow cuts until I reached the right depths. After the holes were drilled and dryfitted I did the final shaping with lots of sanding, I adjusted the final thickness of each grip by what I felt was comfortable in my shooting hold . The only difference on these grips from the old ones are that I added a thumb rest to the left side grip to accomodate my shooting grip. I finished with one coat of tung oil and 2 coats of wipe on poly. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 09-29-2011 06:48 PM

Very, very nice, I also favor the condition 1 carry position.
I’d like to try this with some tiger maple sometime.

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#2 posted 09-29-2011 09:44 PM

Very nice! I’ve been thinking about doing the same for some of mine, but never got around to it. Your choice of wood is awesome. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#3 posted 09-29-2011 10:17 PM

Excellent choice of holsters to accompany a tactically sound carry condition. Excellent work on the grips too!

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

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#4 posted 09-29-2011 10:57 PM

Beautiful. Gotta love woodworkers that are shooters too.

-- If it is to be, it's up to me

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