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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #50 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

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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #51 on: November 06, 2006, 09:26:15 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.

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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #52 on: December 01, 2006, 07:48:32 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!

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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #53 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.

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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #54 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...

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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #55 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.
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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #56 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...



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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #57 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 ::) :-*
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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #58 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.

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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #59 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
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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #60 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

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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #61 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.
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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #62 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.

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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #63 on: December 07, 2007, 09:47:41 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.

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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #64 on: December 12, 2007, 02:36:51 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.

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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #65 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.
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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #66 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

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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #67 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

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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #68 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
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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #69 on: June 15, 2008, 07:22:02 pm »
Smooth on my 1970 EuroArms 58 Remmie .36 Navy. Checkered on my new Pietta .44 Remmie.
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« Reply #70 on: June 15, 2008, 10:08:21 pm »


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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #71 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

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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #72 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.
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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #73 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!!
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Re: Checkered Pistol Grips?
« Reply #74 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!
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