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Title: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Silver Creek Slim on March 03, 2004, 11:34:50 am
I kind of like these polls, if you didn't notice. Besides, it increases the traffic here.

What say y'all?

Slim


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: RRio on March 03, 2004, 12:42:27 pm
Yep! Factory hard rubber US grips. Just wish USFA would have kept the eagles on them!


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Doc Shapiro on March 03, 2004, 12:50:23 pm
Like 'em for 2-handed shooting.  Don't like 'em for 1-handed.

Doc


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Silver Creek Slim on March 03, 2004, 12:55:37 pm
Like 'em for 2-handed shooting.  Don't like 'em for 1-handed.

Doc
Why is that? Are they gunfighter grips?


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Doc Shapiro on March 03, 2004, 02:36:09 pm
I like smooth sides for one handed shooting as it allows the gun to roll back a little making it easier to get thumb on hammer for next shot.

Doc


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Silver Creek Slim on March 03, 2004, 02:44:17 pm
The problem I found at the Valentine's Day shoot, in 20 degree weather with smooth grips and cold dry hands, the pistol might roll back too much and land on the ground.  :o Yes, match DQ.  :'(

Slim


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Doc Shapiro on March 03, 2004, 05:02:13 pm
Yikes!  Good reason for checkered grips.

Doc


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Silver Creek Slim on March 03, 2004, 05:05:53 pm
Yikes!  Good reason for checkered grips.

Doc
That's what I was thinking.  BTW, it was a 7 1/2" 1875 Remington. I have stripped the vanish and am now hand-rubbing with Linseed Oil. I will try this before I checker them.

Slim


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Will Ketchum on March 03, 2004, 06:39:10 pm
Some are checkerd some aren't.  My Vaqueros have Colt style hard rubber type grips that are checkered.  I like them better than smooth grips.  My new model Smiths have one of each.  One has grips that are worn smooth.  I would like to find some replacements.

My Colt clones have smooth grips and I don't like them as well.

I have always shot Duelist and the only problem I ever had was with some Stag grips that got slippery when it was raining.  These are the grips I replace with the Colt style on the Vaqueros.

Will Ketchum


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Foothills Drifter on March 03, 2004, 08:52:02 pm
Howdy......
I have used both types of grips, the smooth ones just feel better.

Good shootin......
Vern... 8)


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Silver Creek Slim on March 04, 2004, 09:30:53 am
I have always shot Duelist and the only problem I ever had was with some Stag grips that got slippery when it was raining.  These are the grips I replace with the Colt style on the Vaqueros.

Will Ketchum
Was that at Fandrizzle?  ;)

Slim


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Will Ketchum on March 04, 2004, 12:09:41 pm


Will Ketchum
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Was that at Fandrizzle?  ;)

Slim
Quote

No the Fandrizzle was 2 years ago.   It was the the year before at the Fandeluge. ;D

Will Ketchum


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Silver Creek Slim on March 04, 2004, 01:40:18 pm


Will Ketchum
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Was that at Fandrizzle?  ;)

Slim
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No the Fandrizzle was 2 years ago.   It was the the year before at the Fandeluge. ;D

Will Ketchum
I watched for a little while on Saturday of the Fandeluge. I had just shot my first match a couple weeks before that and didn't think I wanted to embarress myself that much at such a big match.   ::)

Slim


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Oklahoma on March 04, 2004, 06:36:42 pm
Like them smooth, a full day's shooting with checkered grips tends to make the palm's sore.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Col. Riddles on March 05, 2004, 08:29:08 pm
Yup, on My Colts.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: J.D.Cayhill on March 07, 2004, 05:23:43 pm
I just fitted some checkered Eagle Gunfighter buffalo horn grips to my SS RV's. They will match the buffalo horn and german silver handle on my bowie knife. I shoot the RV's two handed and my Colt clones and Schofields duelist. The clones and Schofield grips are smooth for the same reason Doc listed above.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Shiloh Sharpie on March 09, 2004, 12:26:55 pm
Checkered Bisley grips.  I shoot duelist.  Better recoil control with my stout .45 load and easier purchase of hammer for my short thumb.  Doc Shapiro's point of one handed recocking noted.

Shiloh Sharpie
SASS 10477 Life


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Silver Creek Slim on March 09, 2004, 12:32:29 pm
Checkered Bisley grips.  I shoot duelist.  Better recoil control with my stout .45 load and easier purchase of hammer for my short thumb.  Doc Shapiro's point of one handed recocking noted.

Shiloh Sharpie
SASS 10477 Life
Are those Ruger Bisleys? Where did you get the grips?

Slim


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Shiloh Sharpie on March 09, 2004, 04:02:16 pm
Yes, Ruger bisleys. I purchased Altamont simulated Ivory which look OK, (Nothing like the TruIvory on my Bird'shead Ruger but they look good).  It has been a few years but the phone number for Altamont is 800.626.5774 or 217.643.3125

They had sent me a catalog.  Good luck.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Silver Creek Slim on March 09, 2004, 04:04:27 pm
Yes, Ruger bisleys. I purchased Altamont simulated Ivory which look OK, (Nothing like the TruIvory on my Bird'shead Ruger but they look good).  It has been a few years but the phone number for Altamont is 800.626.5774 or 217.643.3125

They had sent me a catalog.  Good luck.
Thanks.

Slim


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Klondike on March 10, 2004, 05:31:16 pm
Prefer Gunfighter checkered on RV's, smooth one piece on Colt's, go figger.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Marauder on March 11, 2004, 08:35:53 pm
I have checkered grips on my Rugers.

When I shoot duelist, I generally use smooth.  Hadn't thought of that, really.  Some of my pards that are very good duelists use checked though.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Hi Seas Cowboy on March 11, 2004, 08:44:06 pm
Mine are plain right now.  Eventually I'd like to get them Laser engraved(shallow checkering that won't eat your hands up with hot loads).


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Silver Creek Slim on March 12, 2004, 10:10:29 am
Glad to see you made it over here, Hi Seas.

Slim


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Nashville Frank on March 14, 2004, 04:48:51 am
I have the original smooth grips on my Vaqueros. I`ve never tried checkered ones.

I never have enough time to shoot my hands sore, so thats not a problem! I`m wonderin if those checkered gunfighter grips could be the thing for me. When shooting in the cold, the smooth ones are a bit to jumpy. And the summers are short over here..

Hmm... Seems like I`m just trying to find an excuse to buy those "gamer" grips ;D

For looks only, I think stag is the very nice.. I have one pair of stag grips, but another set is hard to come by these days.



Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Will Ketchum on March 14, 2004, 09:41:46 am
Looks wise I really like the black rubber grips with the nickle.

Must date back to the days of the TV show "Colt 45" where the nephew of Sam Colt traveled the West s a Colt salesman.  He had a case with samples in and carried a brace of 7 1/2" Nickle plated Peacemakers with the black grips 8)

Will Ketchum


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Paper Chaser on March 14, 2004, 04:03:44 pm
Checkered grips on one of my '58 Remingtons, smooth on the others.  Like these on my Stampede.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Capt. Jack McQuesten on April 04, 2004, 04:05:45 pm
The grips on my RBV are checkered polymer ivory. They came on the gun that I bought from a pard, so I don't know who makes them. The only marking on the inside is either a "N" or a "Z" depending how you look at it. These are thinner than the factory ones on my standard RB. I would like to get a matching set for my RV as I have the factory grips on that one now and they are a might thick for me.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Micheal Fortune on January 13, 2006, 05:04:50 pm
I voted yes, and I do on my NRV's and I like them a lot, and my clones I have smooth one piece walnut grips that I like on them too. ::)


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Four-Eyed Buck on January 13, 2006, 11:19:04 pm
I put other because I've got an NRV with the checkered grips and like it , but also have clones with smooth wood and one set of ivory polimer laser engraved and like those as well........Buck 8) ::) ;)


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Modoc on January 15, 2006, 10:09:36 pm
Gotta say other.  Have both and actually want to addcheckerd grips to my RV's in 44 x-long.  Use them as back-up when hunting.  the Hornady Custom loads really make the pistola try and jump out of the hand with the smooth grip :o.



Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Marshal Will Wingam on January 16, 2006, 01:43:38 am
I checked "other" because I like some kind of textuire on my grips but it doesn't have to be checkering. Stag, checkering, engraving, etc.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Avery Goodday on January 16, 2006, 11:01:09 pm
I checked "other", so guess I owe all y'all an explanation.  Simple, really.  I have simulated stag horn on my .45 Vaqueros.  Shoot duelist and like the feel of these grips.  Not smooth, not as rough as checkering.  Works for me.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Jubal Starbuck on February 07, 2006, 06:59:29 pm
I have checkered grips on my '75 Remingtons and like them very well.  They're slimmer than factory wood grips and just feel better.  I also have checkered hard rubbers on a New Vaquero and two old Model Vaqueros which I also like.  I have plain walnut on several clones, as well as one Colt and one Bisley Vaquero with stag grips. I think it varies with each revolver,as well as how ya shoot 'em.


Regards,

Jubal Starbuck


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Driftwood Johnson on February 15, 2006, 03:50:37 pm
A picture is worth a thousand words.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v495/Driftwood_Johnson/gunbelt02.jpg)


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Pappy Hayes on March 02, 2006, 12:15:54 pm
All my guns have the stock wood grips that came with them. I want to put some faux ivory grips on all of them. Just have not been able to decide what kind. I have a RM 60 Conversion, Open Top, 58 Remmy. I plan to and a Richard's conversion. I have thought to go with grips with the Mexican eagle but then after seeing that the Richard's R&D made for Tom Seleck in the movie Last Stand at Sabre River had checkered I started thinking going that way. What have other pards used on these type of revolvers? Is there one kind that would be best for my time frame of yearly 70's?


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: ColonelFlashman on April 01, 2006, 05:23:55 am
My M,H&Co., Remington, Schofield, Webley, etc. pistoles ether came w/ them originally or could be special ordered.
I've also other, Texas Jack makes a Beautifull Steer Head Grips for my M,H&Co. Pocket Army that is Fantabulous.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: SFT on April 25, 2006, 06:37:00 pm
Question about checkered grips; Is it SASS legal to have the stock wood grips carved into "fish scale" design?


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: ColonelFlashman on April 25, 2006, 06:43:04 pm

You are able to Carve anythinf you desire intro your grips, just as long as it's purpass is to give a advantage in shooting your 'smokewheel'.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Camille Eonich on April 25, 2006, 08:16:34 pm
Question about checkered grips; Is it SASS legal to have the stock wood grips carved into "fish scale" design?

Yes.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Pinto Being on May 10, 2006, 02:00:29 am
Wool, Silver Creek Slim.  Since you started this conversation, I'll address this to you first, and hope that all the pards will chime in.

I have a passel of Uberti pistolas. And, I'd love to have checkered grips for 'em.

Where are they? Who makes 'em?

As you know, the Ubertis have a one-piece grip.

Is there such a thing on the after-market as a "gunfighter" grip that is the one-piece style for Ubertis?

This ol' boy would buy a mess of 'em if he only knew who sold 'em.

I do know that Ajax and some others will make custom grips if one decided to send them (Ajax, et al) the gun.  But it seems that those grips cost around $60 or so, and require about a  30 day turnaround.

Are there other "gunfighter" style grips out there that are around $40 or so that are made in the one piece style?  Checkered grips that only require a bit of customizin' to make 'em fit an Uberti hogleg?

Gracias, pards.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: LazyK Pejay on May 10, 2006, 08:30:58 am
I can't tell the make of Driftwood's pistols. I have the same grips on my Uberti Cattleman and they are about 1/8th" inch short at the bottom. I have not been able to find a grips for the longer grip frame Uberti makes.

LazyK Pejay


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: McGavin on May 11, 2006, 01:02:23 pm
The grips on both my Cimarron Thunderers are factory checkered. I plan, at some point, to go to faux ivory on my Open Tops and have considered having them checkered, although I am also toying with the ntion of having my SASS number done as playing cards on the outer grip panel. That would be a four, three aces and a seven and all in clubs.

Since the Thunderers don't roll like a plowhandle SAA or Navy that isn't an issue for me. I like the look and feel of checkering and most of my modern grips have been checkered, either factory or aftermarket.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: SFT on June 04, 2006, 03:58:28 pm
Got one pair of stag grips that are relatively smooth and thin, the other pair are much older stag that is nearly the thickness of the Ruger factory grips but have lots of bark, which gives the same feel of checkered grips.

Speaking of grips, the folks at Get A Grip are going out of business and everything still in stock is half price or better, so if you are looking for a new pair they might still have some.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Payday Paul on June 12, 2006, 12:24:41 am
I prefer shooting with grips of my own makin' for a couple of reasons.  First and foremost, I can make 'em to fit my hand.  I've been told I have Hobbit hands; I think that's a compliment but I'm not entirely sure.  Well I do have mighty small hands, so I make my grips thinner than most and get better control.  The other reason is it just makes me feel closer to my guns, makes them a little bit more "mine" if you take my meaning.

I use mostly Desert Ironwood for my grips.  It's an unusual wood, real dense and highly figured, and beautiful without bein' too flashy.  Although it can be easily polished to a high gloss, I like to leave 'em just a bit less slippery.  The first few sets I made were two-piece, but I've learned to do one-piece now.  I think they look real nice on my USFA 5-1/2 .45's.

So I shoot with smooth grips - at least until I learn me how to do my own checkerin'!!!


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Riot Earp on July 09, 2006, 05:02:01 pm
I just bought a set of Cimarron's checkered hard rubber grips, and I love them. Thinner than the stock walnut grips, they resemble the old Colt eagle grips. You should see them on my antiqued Cimarron! Vintage!


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Matthew Duncan on September 06, 2006, 10:55:44 am
No they don't

Shot a match in a rain storm and wished they did!


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Guns Garrett on October 01, 2006, 06:12:07 pm
I don't, the wife does.  I shoot "double duelist"/gunfighter (as the mood strikes), have small hands, and the smooth grips work better.  The Mrs. shoots Traditional and has Gunfighter grips on her Vaquero Bisleys.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Long Johns Wolf on October 02, 2006, 09:05:41 am
Pinto Being: I have aftermarket one-piece PU ivory grips from Gripmaker (www.gripmaker.com) on all of my Uberti match pistols. Larry Little of Gripmaker is doing checkered ones, too.
Bootsie


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: McGavin on October 02, 2006, 05:20:01 pm
I've hankered after Ivory-like grips on my guns but the cost has kept me away. I'd intended to have them scrimshawed with my SASS number as a fan of playing cards with the four, three aces and a seven,all suited except for two of the aces. Can't have a cheater's hand on my guns, now can I?

I may end up with a dress set with the cards and a working set that are checkered. I find that the checkering makes it easier to hold on to the guns when my hands get slick, as others have said. Since I shoot duelist exclusively the extra bite the checkering gives makes for a more secure hold as I cycle the guns.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: buck on October 13, 2006, 06:35:58 pm
My RNV's have the black checkered hard rubber and my 58 remmies have smooth wood grips.  I likes em both.  Oh, and the palms of my hands are checkered from workin.   :D


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Mustang Gregg on November 06, 2006, 10:26:15 pm
Yes for me (Gunfighter with .44's).  I got Hogue checkered.
No for Calamity (Lady Trad with .44's)  Hers are Hogue Micarta smooth.

Mustang Gregg

PS  Hey Slim---Is the poll closed?  Ain't no way for us to cast our votes online, that I can see.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Molasses on December 01, 2006, 08:48:32 pm
I've got checkered grips of one sort or 'nother on all of my Vaqueros, for the exact reasons Doc Shapiro gave right off the bat when the poll started.  I try to keep 'em color coded by caliber to avoid unpleasant surprises at shoots (different guns/ammo, etc) The pair that gets the most use (.357s) have checkered ebony regular (i.e. not Gunfighter grips) from Eagle grips.  I've noticed that I tend to use a tight enough hold to leave the checkering pattern pressed into my palm and fingers; they aren't going to be shifting during the string and that's the way I want it!


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Tennessee Hoss on March 29, 2007, 08:54:39 am
I tend to like smooth grips but made from something that has some texture to it. Smooth slick grips or grips that get slick when sweaty etc. aren't too helpful.

Presently I'm working with a grip maker to do me some dyed Elk Horn grips for the New Vaqueros. We'll see how that turns out. Real Sambar Stags are very good unless they get wet and or stay wet. If I'm sweating that much I carry a towel around with me anyway. If it's raining, I'll wimp out as well.

Hoss


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Marshal Deadwood on April 06, 2007, 09:38:54 am
I switched from wood to Colt bird and pony grips.  Wood is pretty,,but,,,,I shoot Cimmarrons and kinda like the wood on Army grips,,(my OT and such) but on the Navy grips on a SAA,,,i perfer the hard rubber.....

Now, for stlye,,,Id go all elephant ivory ,,,and will,,when i hit the lotto !!!!

But, id keep to match guns with hard rubber I believe....

Im sure some of the wood checkered and maybe the ivorys that are carved give some better grip...

I can afford the rubber colt grips when I cant afford the others,,,,,but who knows what I might do in the future...Id liketo have ONE center piece gun,,USFA preinum or a real Colt,,,wiht honest to God ivory,,,thats my fantasy...

Gotta say,,,Driftwood has bout the kewlest pair of Colts going,,,I love the pics of his guns,,,just hits me were I live !

Marshal Deadwood


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: will52100 on April 09, 2007, 06:56:30 pm
I had to check other, because while there smooth, I strip all the old heavy muddy red off and give them an oil finish.  Smooth and just grippy enough to hang onto when sweating or bp lube make the fingers slick.  I'd like to try some "pinapple" style checkering though.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Pinto Being on April 12, 2007, 11:39:31 pm
Wal, I now can say "Yep!", I got some pistoles with checkered grips.

Bought some Buffalo Brothers fleur-de-lis (?) fancy checkered grips and a pard fitted 'em to a brace of 7.5" Cattlemen.

Just got 'em back 2 days ago and plan to try 'em out tomorrow before our Friends of the NRA benefit shoot on Sat.

I will say this, they are sure prettier than the REST of the guns are!  I had him put 'em on my main match guns and the youngest one of those pistoles is about 8 years and many, many rounds old.  Haw! Haw!

About one of the guns, my pard says "Y'know Pinto, this gun here has a pretty deep groove around the cylinder.  These new grips make that look pretty unsightly."

Wal, he's a real good pardner and we've been to see the elephant together, so I didn't say anythin' at the time.

He's right of course, but would you make fun of a feller's favorite hoss just because he's got a chunk missin' out of one ear?  I should say not!   :) ;D ;)

Tomorrow I'll try 'em out.  If they don't fall off after the first round, mebbeso I'll keep 'em.  Gotta say that Buffalo Brothers has an awesome collection to choose from and they appear to be dang good quality.  Now we just gotta see if my busted up, ol' paws like 'em as much as my eyes do...





Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: wakatomika creek on April 14, 2007, 03:02:35 pm
 >:(Iv'e had lots of truck with smooth grips on My 6 Old Model Vaqueros. All 6 are .45s and I used shoot 255 grainers ahead of 7 grains of Universal Clays. That load bucks like an old mule, and I love it!  The smooth grips of wood that come on the guns are  bad enough, but a few years ago I went to pretty little fake ivory smoothies. Those .45s slid back, and down  so much that the trigger guards took the skin off of my middle finger knuckles reguardless of how tight I tried to grip them. Even shooting that unnatural two handed thingie some people do couldn't tame the recoil if I tried to fling lead too fast. I still shoot the same bullets but now back them with 5.5 Grains of titegroup. Still kicks but now only like a adolescent mule with a chest cold. I grooved one set of the Ivory Polimer grips to look like stag which helped , and really looks sweet,but I think My next buy will probably be Checkered stocks. Too much invested and I love the bigguns too much to change horses now, so I'll keep shootin' and bleedin' and smilin' till the sun goes down ;) :D :o ::) :-*


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Pinto Being on April 26, 2007, 12:28:03 am
Wal pards,

I've shot 2 matches with the pistoles with the Buffalo Bros. fancy checkered grips.

As Lee Iacocca was fond of sayin', "I gotta tell ya," these grips are the cat's meow.

These checkered, polymer grips are incredibly different than my ol' slick walnut grips.  That is, they are incredibly better!  Every aspect of shootin' these pistoles in competition is enhanced.  The draw, the shootin', and the re-holsterin' are all so much easier and accurate that I can't imagine ever goin' back to slick grips.

Don't get me wrong though, I don't like the looks of 'em as well as the original walnuts.  But -- for CAS competition, I can't help but believe that the checkered grips are makin' a difference in my times. They just flat feel good in my mitts.  I think it was a wise investment and am now lookin' at  buyin' more of 'em for my other match guns.

That's all....

Pinto   


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Camille Eonich on May 01, 2007, 10:38:56 am
Pinto I have a set of Buffalo Brothers grips on my Ruger Birdsheads.  I love them and they look good too.  :D


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: PlacitasSlim on May 10, 2007, 08:26:08 pm
I replaced my stock Vaquero grips with checkered horn grips from eagle. They are about 6 years old now and I am very happy with them. The wife doesn't like them, she says they hurt her hands. ;D


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Irish Dave on July 31, 2007, 09:26:33 am
Just acquired a Beretta Laramie.
Replaced the stock wood grips with a pair of checkered "hard rubber" repros for the S&W New Model No. 3.
Made a world of difference.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Doc Shapiro on September 25, 2007, 10:29:21 pm
I no longer have checkered grips.  Instead, I have made some with a very aggressive texture.  I like 'em a lot better.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: OKDEE on December 07, 2007, 10:47:41 am
I have gone the full gambet!  Both uncheckered and checkered.  I currently use checked grips, and I am getting ready to do my own checkering on 2 sets of wood grips.  StepNMud showd me his and I really like to personal touch on the gun.  Kinda makes it your own, not just another pistol.

Oklahoma Dee - Duelist are the Kuelist


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: SmugglerSteve on December 12, 2007, 03:36:51 pm
I used to use the smooth grips on my old style Vaqueros. One day I was at a match on a blazing hot summer day. It had rained like heck the night before and as it got hotter and hotter the humidity was awful. I'm not used to that anymore living in Colorado so I was soaked with sweat - including my hands. I drew without wiping my hands and the pistol slipped out of my hand! I had my other hand there so I caught it and it never even pointed anywhere but downrange. The only person who noticed was the RO. Later he said, "Good save." I don't know if he tagged me or not on that since I was so flustered I hardly hit anything. At least I kept it safe and that is what matters.

I ordered some checkered grips when I got home and I've found they work great in all weather conditions. I wish I hadn't ordered so quick since I ended up with gunfighter grips. My hands are more like paws so they are awkward even though I've been using them for years. My wife knows of this and I have reason to believe some new grips will be under the Christmas tree.

Steve


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Camille Eonich on April 01, 2008, 04:13:18 pm
I no longer have checkered grips.  Instead, I have made some with a very aggressive texture.  I like 'em a lot better.


My 1911 has smooth grips but they are blue Mastadon ivory.  The grain of ivory is awesome for gripping but if you do get the grip wrong to start with it's not any problem to correct.  If I could afford it I would have blue mastadon grips on all of my guns.  I love the stuff.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Old Top on April 02, 2008, 01:12:36 am
Camille,

I would think that it would be hard to find a Blue Mastadon, or even a regular Mastadon, now days ;D ;D ;D

Old Top


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Curley Cole on June 13, 2008, 10:25:37 pm
Camille,

I would think that it would be hard to find a Blue Mastadon, or even a regular Mastadon, now days ;D ;D ;D

Old Top

Is that "Blue Mastadon a 2-door or a 4-door???

curley


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Dr. Bob on June 14, 2008, 10:57:38 pm
Curley,

Don't know, but I give it a wide berth if I met it on the road! ::) :o ;D


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Jethro "Black Jack" Harris on June 15, 2008, 07:22:02 pm
Smooth on my 1970 EuroArms 58 Remmie .36 Navy. Checkered on my new Pietta .44 Remmie.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Ten Wolves Fiveshooter on June 15, 2008, 10:08:21 pm


                                    :o ??? NO  ;) :D ;D


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Camille Eonich on July 31, 2008, 12:19:52 pm
Camille,

I would think that it would be hard to find a Blue Mastadon, or even a regular Mastadon, now days ;D ;D ;D

Old Top


Aww man!  Actually you can pick up tickets online but Mastadon isn't blue. :D


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: fourfingersofdeath on August 01, 2008, 07:28:04 pm
All of my SAs have been Rugers so far and had the smooth wooden grips, shot Modern or traditional, never a problem, but I have big hands and have no problem controlling recoil at cowboy power level (mind you, I'm not that competitive, so I ain't noticing split seconds I suppose  ;D).

My current guns are RNMVs and have the standard checkered gutta percha clone grips. They are ok as well.

I am about to start shooting classic cowboy and the clones I bought have checkered grips. They are in 44WCF and I intend to use healthy loads ( I always do, personal thing more realistic for me) and I will be converting to full power BP loads in the near future.

Shooting duellist would work better with smooth grips, I'm thinking. I have a spare clone with smooth grips, I will swap and change and find out which ones work best I suppose.

I was also thinking of making some smooth one piece grips from some real dense heavy Aussie hardwood to put some more weight in the grips, but this is project no: 24675, so it will be a while before I get around to it I suppose.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Dr. Bob on August 01, 2008, 07:37:30 pm
Howdy ffod,

I have been shooting clone revolvers with full case BP 45 Colt loads for a couple of years now.  I have used checkered and smooth grips firing duelist and no problem with either.  I'd try the revolvers with the checkered grips before investing in smooth ones, unless you just want smooth ones.  Good luck!!


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: fourfingersofdeath on August 02, 2008, 02:19:00 am
Thanks for the thought Dr Bob, but I have a third clone which has smooth grips. Once I get used to shooting one handed and am going ok, I will swap the grips back and forward and have a look see. I', thinking at my level, there will not be much difference either way. Now, I have an article from an old mag which showed how to make 1 piece grips for a Colt. trouble is it is buried somewhere in the garage. Might take a whiles to locate it. ScheeeooooooooooooooT!


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Angel_Eyes on September 05, 2008, 11:31:08 am
Good debate guy's! All my revolvers have smooth grips, (factory varnish removed and hand rubbed). I once had a set of staghorns on an ROA--- shot one precision comp with them---almost ripped the skin off my hand-(and that was when I was a fully employed motor mechanic with leather for skin)---sold them to the Brit Govt when they took our handguns in '97.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Daniel Nighteyes on January 06, 2009, 08:20:17 pm
Like 'em for 2-handed shooting.  Don't like 'em for 1-handed.

Doc
What he said...


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Pancho Peacemaker on May 22, 2010, 01:49:47 pm
I had Keno Slim carve fishscale into the factory grips from my Beretta Laramies:

(http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b231/gsonnenmd/SASS/DSC00394.jpg)


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: temmi on May 26, 2010, 01:37:27 pm
I have black Plastic/Rubber Blackhawk grips… but I have order new smooth wooden grips but they have not arrived.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Kidd Krystin on May 26, 2010, 07:04:36 pm
 ;D I shoot gunfighter.  Currently I use RNMV's, slim checkered gunfighter grips and love them.  I used to shoot '72 Open-tops with Army grips and loved those.  Go figure.



Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Slickshot on July 29, 2011, 11:28:36 pm
I have both styles on my guns.  I have mostly checkered grips on all of my cowboy guns except for my Cimarron .45Colt, my two .22 single action Rugers (super single six and the Bearcat), and the Beretta Stampede I'm having grips made for as I type this, those are being made out of Ziricote from "Outlaw Grips".

I haven't shot enough recently to be able to inform you if I have a preference or not.

Slickshot


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Major 2 on July 30, 2011, 07:05:29 am
 I have had black checkered rubber from Vintage Grips , though currently just one with checkered faux ivory. 




....I seem to prefer a grip on women with checkered past   ;D


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Texas Lawdog on July 30, 2011, 07:21:31 am
Let's hear it for WOMEN WITH CHECKERED PASTS!


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Popa Kapoff on August 22, 2011, 10:53:42 pm
I have smooth but would like to change over to something that give me a little more traction as I was DQ last match for sending one over the berm. Gun just kept raising up in my hands them dam 45LCs last shot over the top.
 


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: wildman1 on August 23, 2011, 03:56:17 am
Get a grip on it. WM


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: maarty on August 26, 2011, 07:59:50 am
I've got smooth wood on my Uberti .44-40's

Has anyone got or tried ivory, real or fake, with schrimshaw? If so does the schrimshaw help with grip at all?

I may buy a pair of fake ivory grips and have a go at carving them myself. Either that or a pair of stag grips.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Camille Eonich on January 27, 2012, 03:35:51 pm
YOu can't really see it but real ivory has a natural grain to it that greatly improves your grip even when the ivory is smooth.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Tall Dark Slim on February 03, 2012, 08:16:44 am
I can't be sure that it's necessary to succeed, but it sure gives a bit of traction when handling the guns. Should you need to reposition the gun relax and go to it. With the light loads and traditional style it appeared to help me.  :P


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: HogDoc Olliday on February 03, 2012, 11:38:30 am
I still have the hard rubber checkered grips that came on my Vaqueros. I like the fit and feel, but I love wood grips. So I may compromise and put wooden checkered grips on my irons.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Steel Horse Bailey on February 26, 2012, 03:01:26 pm
I have several wooden grips I'd love to get checkered, and one set of polymer Ivory (colored like antique) grips that I'd love to have done like the grips used in a Tom Selleck movie.

http://www.nramuseum.org/the-museum/the-galleries/firearms-traditions-for-today/case-79b-tom-selleck-collection/tom-selleck-colt-open-top-revolver.aspx

It's a wide diamond pattern, rather than typical checkering, but it looks great!  My grips are about the same colour, no longer white, but not as aged as many ivories get.



Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: buckshot dan on May 28, 2012, 09:38:13 pm
on wheelguns i have always liked smooth wood i think it comes from shooting lots of hot magum loads in the blackhawks i've owned  and they just feel better to me. on my semi autos i have checkered grips  execpet one old ruger target 22 i have wood with finger groves i am going to strip off the factory finish on my uberti hombre's and refinish with a oil finish


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Pappy Myles on July 30, 2012, 11:43:55 am
Had a set on my OM Vaqueros.  Initially I did like them. and they looked snazy.  But due to the rig I wear (el paso saldery speed rig and matching shotgun belt) and my "personal configuration", the handles kept rubbing up against the belt during the scenes and really put some nasty rub spots on them.  I found a pair of smooth stag grips that I have replaced on them and like them better.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Silent Joe on July 30, 2012, 12:16:59 pm
No, both of my pistols have wooden grips without checkering. That is the way I like it.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: MUD MARINE on October 09, 2012, 04:25:36 pm
I have checkered "gunfighter" grips to enhance shooting gunfighter.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Kendoo Kid on March 18, 2013, 08:12:56 pm
checkered walnut....... for now..............that is until I make my own. Maybe checkered, maybe not.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: 1961MJS on March 18, 2013, 09:34:10 pm
No, both of my pistols have wooden grips without checkering. That is the way I like it.

Hi

I had been looking at the gunfighter grips.  How do they work?  I'm used to shooting 1911's.

Thanks


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Rye Miles on March 19, 2013, 07:37:11 am
I have a pair of Smoke Wagons with checkered grips that work just fine. I recently fit a pair of Tru-Ivory grips on them. I haven't shot them in a match yet so we'll see.......Them Tru-Ivories sure look good though!! I always loved a blued gun with Ivory grips.


Rye  ;)


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Johnny McCrae on March 22, 2013, 06:40:15 am
Here is a set of Grips I made for my Richards Transition. They are made out of Corian and Chuckaroo's did the crosshatching for me. While not true checkering, they do give me a little bit better grip. I'm going to make grips like this for both of my .45 SAA Colt clones. I've found a new shade of Corian that does a nice job of resembling Ivory.

I occasionally shoot a pair of Smoke Wagons in .38 Special. They come with a beautiful set of checkered grips that work great.







Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Steel Horse Bailey on March 28, 2013, 10:07:07 am
Lovely!


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Sir Charles deMouton-Black on March 28, 2013, 12:32:29 pm
Here is a set of Grips I made for my Richards Transition. They are made out of Corian and Chuckaroo's did the crosshatching for me. While not true checkering, they do give me a little bit better grip. I'm going to make grips like this for both of my .45 SAA Colt clones. I've found a new shade of Corian that does a nice job of resembling Ivory.

That looks like the Tom Selleck grips that SHB pictured above on 26Feb12. 8) 8)

I think I'll try that.  I have a couple of sets of checkered Gunfighters fitted for Rugers.  They are a bit too sharp, but the Selleck grips look like they'd work real well. 8)


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Bibbyman on October 06, 2013, 06:46:51 am
(http://i740.photobucket.com/albums/xx46/Bibbyman/IMG_20130929_081717_zps9351e215.jpg)

Here is a checked not checked puzzle.   These are grips off of a second generation Colt that had been modified long ago for fast draw. The grips are numbered with last 3 numbers of serial of gun so pretty sure came from factory.  But did they come smooth or did someone remove the checkering?


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Steel Horse Bailey on October 06, 2013, 01:42:14 pm
Right you are, Sir Chas. - with a small exception.  The Selleck grips have a "Private" stripe in the center.  (Private as in Military rank)

Johnny M's have the same large checkering that looks so cool.

Nothing like a comment almost 6 months later!

 ;)


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Johnny McCrae on October 06, 2013, 03:31:14 pm
Thanks for the kind words Gents.

I did try to make this Pistol look like the one Tom Selleck used in the "Last stand at Saber River". It's one of my favorite Pistols and I keep it in a separate case. One of my winter projects will be making this style of grip for my 1873 SAA's.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Steel Horse Bailey on October 08, 2013, 08:33:35 am
VERY nice, Big John!


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Slowhand53 on August 09, 2014, 06:59:32 pm
Just put a set of black checkered polymer on my Taylor Cattleman which I ordered straight from Taylors. While I like the look of the wood ones that came on it, I found them kind of slippery.


Title: Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
Post by: Baltimore Ed on July 29, 2017, 08:49:57 pm
I shoot duelist and replaced the smooth rosewood Ruger grips with checkered horn on my vaqueros. I put patterned micartas on my Ruger birdsheads. I like checkered walnut on my colt and smith double actions and 1911s. I shoot them duelist too. Here's 2 nice uns.