Leather grips

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by BillyHart, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. BillyHart

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    leather grips I made for my 1911 today.
     
  2. vincent

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    Impressive!!! :cool:
     

  3. canebrake

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    How are they wet?

    Or are they just for the BBQ?
     
  4. Steel_Talon

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    Did you harden the leather?
     
  5. BillyHart

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    I am a saddlemaker and it is just something I wanted to try.they have a great feel. I going to leave them on for a while and see how durable they turn out to be . If they do get wet I will probaly just oil them woth neatsfoot oul.
     
  6. BillyHart

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    That is with neatsfoot oil.
     
  7. BillyHart

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    Canebrake I have seen your snakeskin grips.are they leather or wood? I work with and have alot of rattlesnake skins
     
  8. astroman

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    Nice work - they look good.
     
  9. BillyHart

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    First attempt at wood grips. Spalted blackgum.

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  10. canebrake

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    They are leather, but I have delegated the gun's use to BBQ show-off duty. They are Timber Rattler with a heavy gloss finish.

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    The set I had on the gun before them were Prairie Rattler with a flat finish. I liked the feel and the purchase but they were just too thick. Wish I had the same hide mounted on a pair of slim stocks.

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  11. BillyHart

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    They are nice Im going to try a set and see how they come out I have plenty timber rattler. But diamondback has gotten hard to come by.
     
  12. BillyHart

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    In your honest opinion how durable do you think the skin will be and did the gloss finish help with durability.
     
  13. CA357

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    Nice grips Billy.
     
  14. BillyHart

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  15. canebrake

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    Mel at Dog Grips made mine. (both pair, that Defender on his homepage is mine) They are surprisingly durable. The gloss more-so than the flat finish but the gloss doesn't provide the purchase.

    Like Mel says, "They don't wear out, the wear in." The Prairie Rattler were like an old pair of Levi jeans, comfortable and confident while lookin' good.

    I will have another pair made in slims for my Commander.