Originally Posted by ALS11
Thanks, I'll check them out. Last night I took off the grips and started to fit them. After going on Colts web site I figured they would charge me quite a lot to make it right so I might as well try to fix it myself. It took a while but they are much better now. BUT They are not perfect. I think they were not the original ones cause there seems to be a S/N scratched on the inside of them that does not match the gun. They are Colt Grips though. They are a bit smaller on the bottom of the frame allowing the sharp edges of the frame to stick out.
Looking on the net I see that grips are EXPENSIVE!! I'll try these for a while and see how I like them.
There's a lot of Grips available on that famous auction site, as well as businesses that sell Grips for the SAA which are fairly reasonable in cost. With a refitting of custom Grips, a person then just cannot take the entire affair to Belt Sander, and start sanding away, as you'll destroy the metal part's finish.
I can envision a lot of back, and forth, and time to do custom fitted Grips in this manner
The unknowns, is how will they fit? I believe in a manufacturer's situation (Uberti-Colt-USFA-Etc) that they sand-buff the Grips to the Grip Frame before Grip Frame Polishing-Blueing, to insure a precise fit.
Provided a Grip is larger than needed, material can be removed, but not the other way around. That then depends upon the expertise of the person doing the fitting. And I assume that's what one largely pays for when having Grips custom fitted to the particular gun, is the Labor. (With the possible exception of real Ivory, unless it's engraved, checkered, or scrimshawed-inlaid etc)
I would assume that even the ultra high precision of a company such as USFA, with their attention to detail, and fit-finish, that you could take a set of Grips off another exact model gun, and they will not exactly fit another. I think probably the most critical area, is where the Grips would meet the Reciever Frame.
I can envision myself trying this, and without the proper experience, and tools, what I would probably have would be no doubt an amateurish, butchered job! lol
Again, hope this helps. Mark