Simulated ivory grips

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Bill in Oregon
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Simulated ivory grips

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I like the look of these -- especially the "aged" ones, and I know the polymers they are working with have continually improved, but are these grips slippery to the feel? Just wondering how practical they are. I know some come checkered, which would make a difference.
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I have a set from Hogue for one of my 1911s... They were good, no more slippery than a smooth wood grip, IMO... too bad I ruined them trying to checker them myself! :roll:
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I've often wondered about that myself!

I guess if you had a set and they were too slick a light bead blast might give just enough grip to help mitigate... maybe even tape off a pattern before blasting?

I suppose ya could just file notches and be a real gun fighter! :lol:
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Griff, you stole a page from my playbook, I see -- ruining stuff in the process of "improvement." :lol:
Gunny, you might have something there. Guess a feller has to get his paws on it first to make the call.
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Bill, I have two sets of simulated ivory grips, both for Ruger Blackhawks. I took the set off of one, a Bisley, because I thought they looked gaudy. I left the ones on my short New Vaquero .45 Colt because they look more at home on that one. That one was from Hogue and I had to re-drill the locator holes for the roll pin; the other is a Ruger factory grip (Altamont) with the Ruger emblem. The simulated ivory is a micarta, I believe and it's as tough as any exotic wood and probably much more resistant to scuffs and staining. They have a good feel and the fit is excellent (once the holes were relocated on the Hogue grips).
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Mine are two tone for my Colt Commercial that are simulated ivory top and bottom with checkered wood in between. Gives a nice look and great grip when shooting. Not sure if they make SAA grips this two tone?

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Bill, are you looking at any particular set?

I agree with Griff - no more slick than smooth wood grips. The look though... that varies from fantastic to just awful!!!
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I've got a set of Hogue ivory micarta Bisley grips and the ivory polymers for an XR3. I wouldn't call either of them slippery, even though the polymer set has a much smoother surface than the micartas. The micarta set is close to 20 years old and they've yellowed a bit, with a little "grain" showing in the spots that they were sanded when I fit them. I've thought about lightly sanding them overall to enhance the effect, but like others here I've had attempts at improvements go south so I've left them alone.
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Ruger Super Blackhawk with American Holly from Texas Grips.
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Jay, I was looking at the Alamonts. I don't need them yet as I still must acquire the sixgun I plan to put them on. :lol:
Twodot, thanks for reminding me about holly. I always seem to forget that dense and interesting wood.
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I have some knife scale material, holly and madrona from the lot, and horse apple and synthetics from the store. Tempting to try making grips for the wrangler. BTW, y'all must know this but the non-super wrangler is a spitting image of the new vaquero. I hope they make a super-duper Wrangler 45.

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