Walnut 1911 Grips

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Project by ryno101 posted 05-22-2013 03:49 PM 3374 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, finally got around to it. The Hogue grips that my Sig Sauer 1911 came with were a bit too thick, and although they were beautiful Thuya burl, the fact that they weren’t book matched bugged me.

So I made these book matched black walnut grips for it.

I struggled a bit with how to finish them, settled on shellac as a seal coat and Tung Oil varnish, polished with 0000 steel wool between coats, with beeswax as the final step.

-- Ryno

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#1 posted 05-22-2013 03:52 PM

you better get a grip on yourself!

nice piece, and nice grip!

does it have a good solid hold? or do you feel it is too slippery in use?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 05-22-2013 04:16 PM

They look nice and from experience I can say they feel good in hand too.
Years ago I made a number of them out of various wood for S&W 9mm’s that were issued by the Sheriff’s office I worked for. They were so popular I had trouble keeping up with demand. They were eventually replaced by the more tactically functional soft rubber type grips.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 04:56 PM

Great job. Those are beautiful.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 05-22-2013 05:39 PM

Great grip job!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 05-22-2013 07:30 PM

Thanks, all. There’s plenty of checkering on the front and back of the frame, the grip is better than the stock grips!

-- Ryno

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#6 posted 05-22-2013 11:00 PM

Fantastic Job, Those are beautiful.

-- Procrastination is a killer!

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#7 posted 05-22-2013 11:08 PM

I have been wanting to do the same thing for a while now. I have an awesome piece of bocote set aside for them.

-- Strati Alepidis, Burlington, Ma, Member Red Sox nation

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#8 posted 05-22-2013 11:31 PM

@Strati, let me know when you do, we can head to the range! I’m just up the road in Andover…

-- Ryno

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#9 posted 05-22-2013 11:34 PM

They are pretty, i can not afford a slick grip.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#10 posted 05-23-2013 03:40 AM

Great looking piece. I can imaging how well they feel, too. Spent 24 years in the Army and was sad when they turned in the 1911 for the M-9. Better proportions; just feels better in the hand. I’m a bit jealous.

-- Dave K.

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#11 posted 05-23-2013 03:41 AM

That should be 24 year in the Army. Geez the old fingers are getting shaky.

-- Dave K.

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#12 posted 05-23-2013 05:25 AM

Very nice! There’s something about 1911s! Love ‘em!

-- Semper Fi

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#13 posted 05-23-2013 12:01 PM

Real nice. I like things balanced too!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Mainiac Matt

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#14 posted 05-23-2013 12:56 PM

looks fab

remember, good gun control means hitting what you aim at :^)

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

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