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ArmedOkie
July 25, 2011, 02:18 PM
i can't find clear 1911 grips anymore. everywhere including ebay that used to sell them, no longer do. hakan doesn't even have them anymore


anyone got any ideas? wanting to put a black and white antiqued picture of my wife behind them, wwII style.

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CapnMac
July 25, 2011, 03:42 PM
You probably will have to wander gun shows for grip dealers.

They did not work very well, one, for not being very transparent, and two, for only being a window into the window of the grip of the side of a magazine.

Clear and transparent plastics are some of the wort to work with, from the moulding and machining side.

You could be able to DIY a set, though. You'd need some RTV (Room Temperature Vulcanizing) mould-making compound. You'd need some clear casting resin, and a sample "smooth" grip to take a moulding of.

Note, the clear resins are very unpleasant for chemistry and smell. You will probably want a finishing kit with sanding pads that runs 800 to 2400 grit to get clear enough to see a photo through. Check out the folks at Micro=Mark tools online.

ArmedOkie
July 26, 2011, 01:37 AM
thanks for the info there!

rondog
July 26, 2011, 02:19 AM
I just bought a very nice set from a guy on another forum. He said a buddy of his made them, and was thinking of making more, but this set took him awhile to sell until I came along.

ArmedOkie
July 27, 2011, 12:59 AM
any info on how i might contact him? pm me if you wouldnt mind!

brickeyee
July 27, 2011, 11:15 AM
Very few plastics will remain clear and undamaged by the lubricants and cleaners routinely used on firearms.

Jericho 941
July 28, 2011, 02:38 AM
Maybe they are available, but you can't see them because they are clear? :uhoh:

I found a set for a 1934 Beretta on eBay, but that is about it. I have heard this topic breached before and the point has always been raised that Lucite and plastic wouldn't survive cleaning.

Still, some manufacturer should let me decide if I want to go through the extra steps of removing them during cleaning.

InkEd
July 28, 2011, 10:38 AM
How about buying a piece of plexi-glass or lexan and making your own.

acmax95
July 28, 2011, 01:34 PM
It seems you could you could get some plexiglass and make your own as mentioned above.

I have seen clear plexiglass grips on paintball guns before. They were flat though, with no curve to them at all.

rondog
July 28, 2011, 01:38 PM
Gotta put a photo of your honey under them.....

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/rinselman/guns/holsters%20and%20grips/sweetheartgrips.jpg

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/rinselman/guns/holsters%20and%20grips/sweetheartgrips-1-2.jpg

Rail Driver
July 28, 2011, 02:16 PM
http://www.stingerpaintballdesigns.com/SPD_Custom_Paintball_&_Pistol_Gun_Grips_Clear.htm

Clear 1911, S&W Model 59, S&W .45 Auto, Sig P238, and various paintball gun grips.

Can't beat the price. I'll be ordering a couple sets in the near future.

Effigy
July 28, 2011, 06:28 PM
Since you're looking to put a photo in the grip and not have it be fully transparent to the magazine, have you considered just getting some good quality smooth grips of some kind and pasting the photo over top with some kind of clear coat?

420Stainless
July 28, 2011, 11:13 PM
Here's someone that claims they'll make a set to order. Doesn't really tell the material and aren't coming from an established production process.

http://cgi.ebay.com/1911-Government-Model-Crystal-Clear-Grips-to-made-/220819995266?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3369e5ba82

Loosedhorse
July 28, 2011, 11:22 PM
Gotta put a photo of your honey under themMy guess is those stocks are Plexiglas, polymethylmethacrylate, the stuff the British used for fighter canopies in WWII. I am not sure, oddly enough, whether US planes used the same material.

Lexan came along later. Great stuff, but scratches easily.

ArmedOkie
July 29, 2011, 12:50 AM
Here's someone that claims they'll make a set to order. Doesn't really tell the material and aren't coming from an established production process.

http://cgi.ebay.com/1911-Government-Model-Crystal-Clear-Grips-to-made-/220819995266?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3369e5ba82
perfect! i hadnt had any luck on the bay

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