Grips for a Whitney Wolverine

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by OldEagleEars, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. OldEagleEars

    OldEagleEars New Member

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    I am a grandfather who dotes on his only granddaughter and would never treat her differently than her male brothers and cousins. That said, here is my question: I have purchased a Olympic Arms Whitney Wolverine .22LR semi-auto pistol for her Christmas present. It is in her favorite color: PINK (!) and is quite swoopy and sleek and she has wanted one since she saw a picture of one in that color a while back. It comes from the factory with rather plain, black plastic grips and I have decided that replacements in ivory-white or silver would be a nice touch on this pistol. Any suggestions, gentlemen? Most places have no idea what a Whitney Wolverine is, much less have grips to fit. I would appreciate any assistance (or even alternate grip style suggestions) that you may be able to provide. Grampa/Santa thanks you!
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Good man!

    I hate to say it, but you may have to have them custom made as the Wolverine isn't exactly a common pistol. Search the net as best you can, you may find some, but I kind of doubt it. Check the gun auction sites like Gunbroker, GunsAmerica, etc. as well.
     

  3. Old_Crow

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    It appears that grips for the wolverine are complicated - not a DIY project. You might want to consider having the grips refinished. I am not an expert on painting composite finishes but other members have painted composite firearms.
     
  4. Olympus

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    This is going to be your best option. As others have said, search eBay, Google, gun auctions sites, and anywhere else but I suspect you won't have much luck. You may have to try the spray paint that is made to adhere to plastics. You might also try something like Duracoat or Cerakote.
     
  5. OldEagleEars

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    Thank you, Gentlemen, for your suggestions; it is an interesting problem I've created for myself, isn't it? An examination of the schematic on the Olympic Arms website (Olympic is the current manufacturer of the Wolverine) shows that the grips are apparently fairly simple in contour, held in place with two screws on each side (like a 1911!). When the piece arrives I will have to remove them and examine them closely to see just how "simple" they are. It does show on the site that a set of natural wood grips with cross-hatching are available. They aren't much to look at but are better than the plain, black plastic scales that come with the gun. It is apparent that patience will be required on my part before any progress can be made, but I should get this problem solved in the three-months before Christmas (I had better!). Again, thank you and I promise to post whatever the results are after the first of the year...if I can get her to let go of the thing long enough!
     
  6. tacticalfun

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    I never heard of this pistol. Did a little research...and ordered one off of gun broker in desert tan. Duck dodgers time!
     
  7. CA357

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    There are white grips out there, but finding them is the trick. Good luck with the search.
     
  8. guncollector

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    you can find grip for whitney at vintagegungrips.com , they cost 31.00 and can be had in any material in any color white pink green etc....
     
  9. OldEagleEars

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    Thank you, guncollector; that looks like the solution to my problem. Now I will consult with her father to determine what color to get since that company offers so many choices. As for tacticalfun, I was thinking of "Tom Corbett: Space Cadet" but that was 50's TV space-opera rather than an ageless cartoon. The Wolverine does look like it could fit into anything from Buck Rogers to Star Trek without raising eyebrows. The reviews say the pistol is an excellent shooter and handles in the Ruger Mark and Browning Buckmaster tradition. While I personally would rather have one of the original alloy models from the 50's or 60's, I think my Granddaughter will do fine with the pink polymer. Let me know how you like your Desert Tan version.
     
  10. OldEagleEars

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    Updating for the friends who have advised me so well; the Wolverine is now home! It was quite the rage at my LGS when I picked it up, seems nobody had ever seen one in the flesh..er, plastic! On examination, the thing seems very well made and fits naturally into the hand like a good handshake. Everybody who has handled it comments on how naturally it points, reminds folks of a Buckmaster or Ruger Mark (one codger older than me was reminded of a Colt Woodsman), it just feels good to hold. Of course, shooting will be the test but that will wait until after my Granddaughter gets it for Christmas (now I can hardly wait for Christmas myself!). A female-oriented gun shop has opened here in town and I took it in to show the proprietor who was totally amazed and is now going to order one for herself and to use as a trainer. I also will be letting her train my Granddaughter in a "First-Time Shooter" class next month; she has full NRA accreditation and it will be an all-female class. That will make it easier on me since training a young relative to shoot is almost as hard as training them to drive; a stranger just does a better job of communicating the important stuff.
    Again, thanks to all who have sent me advice and I am still intending on custom grips even though the black ones aren't as bad as I had feared.
     
  11. HockaLouis

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    Great gift for the grandkid -- thoughtful and personal. And I love that someone here knew where to find such grips! LOL GOTTA see a picture!!!

    So, I have to ask, does anyone else here remember the toy plastic guns that were a copy of the Whitney Wolverine the FIRST time the real guns were around? You loaded them with colored rubber balls which you pulled off of a branch of them through a sliding gate on top IIRC. And/or maybe they fired little flying discs like 45 record middles you'd use on the 33 spindle of something called a record player. Either way, they shot a few feet -- lol. They were cheap when Made In Japan MEANT cheap, and hung in a blister pack on a hook in every store that sold ANY toys. This around the time when the OP was probably serving in SE Asia...
     

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  12. OldEagleEars

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    Dang, HockaLouis! That is an amazing thing you've found there! I had no idea that such a toy ever existed since yes, I was off at the SE Asian war games from late '68 to mid-71. The picture you posted shows that the "Zebra" was a close copy of the Wolverine down to the doughnut cocking-grips on the end of the slide. I think I may do a little looking on Ebay...
     
  13. HockaLouis

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    Good luck. It'd probably be easier to get an original nickel Whitney Wolverine than a packaged toy one. Probably a few sitting at gun shows in the junk boxes spread all over the country. This is more how I remember 'em...
     

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  14. guncollector

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    whitney wloverine

    i've owned a original whitney and a remake made by olympic arms as sweet as they felt in my hand they tend to be ammo sensitive . i did have some minor sucess with cci mini mags all other ammo was troublesome . seems to me as i recall they were always a bit of a bother and had some magazine issues . granted i did not keep mine long enough to wring out all the issues and perhaps the newer one would of straightened out after a few hundred rounds but i couldn't wait and sold them both.