reshaping a Pietta Navy grip frame


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unknwn
December 15, 2012, 12:18 PM
How much reshaping can a Pietta 1851 grip frame stand?
I have found that I really don't care for thier version of the Navy grip, and since I already have to spend the effort to get the wood to fit properly I might as well rework the brass backstrap to more closely match the original profile.
Can it be done, or am I going to run out of metal before I can reproduce the true Navy shape?
Since I'm betting that this subject has come up before, could someone among the long-time membership point out a link to any how-to s , photo s , or just some fruitful discussion on the topic?

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Mictlanero
December 15, 2012, 12:27 PM
This video from a member shows one way to do it - I think it may be even easier with a belt sander (probably easier to mess it up, also)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9VoItoqSYE

dogrunner
December 15, 2012, 01:04 PM
Likely you'd get more of what you want if you simply bought a new GF from someplace such as Dixie, fitted it to your gun and restocked the thing. The "reformed" frame work I've seen looks nearly as bad as the one Pietta does!

I have a Navy from Pietta, love the action, finish and the accuracy is excellent. I'll look at it someday and just decide to DO what I suggested.

JohnnyCremains
December 15, 2012, 04:03 PM
On the Avenging Angels I have made I have rounded the grip frame slightly. Its a small change but makes it really comfortable I think

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/vv236/twaits/Avenging%20Angels/IMG_3484.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/vv236/twaits/Avenging%20Angels/IMG_2614.jpg

shunka
December 15, 2012, 04:24 PM
>How much reshaping can a Pietta 1851 grip frame stand?
>I have found that I really don't care for thier version of the Navy grip, and since I already have to spend the effort to get the wood to fit properly I might as well >rework the brass backstrap to more closely match the original profile.
>Can it be done, or am I going to run out of metal before I can reproduce the true Navy shape?
>Since I'm betting that this subject has come up before, could someone among the long-time membership point out a link to any how-to s , photo s ,
>or just some fruitful discussion on the topic?

Reshaping thte grip is easily accomplished and there is more than enough material to manage.
Monsieur Pettifogger addresses the reshaping of the gripfrmae and other 1851 tuning issues
in his two part article found here:

http://www.theopenrange.net/articles/Tuning_the_Pietta_Part_One.pdf
http://www.theopenrange.net/articles/Tuning_the_Pietta_Part_Two.pdf

Whilkst it it possible to use say, 220 grit on a belt sander, I advise by All means, avoid the power tools as the task requires a very light touch and "going slow" - As you will note in Pettifoggers tutorial, "someone" had attacked the cylinder notches with a dremel.

It really is not difficult for anyone who is at all handy with hand tools -

hope this helps
shunka

unknwn
December 15, 2012, 11:00 PM
Yet another positively excellent video by our cherished member Duelist1954,
not only is it highly informative, but well done videography also.
Of course it covered just about everything I wondered about concerning my original post.
A couple of questions to verify the particulars though before I go rasping away on my brass backstrap & the single piece grip block .
Will the notch on the underside of the backstrap intended for the hook bolt of a shoulder stock still be functional after this sort of modification?
Something else that the video touched on but did not elaborate about is how much "thinning" was performed on the base of the overly "blocky" (Mlke's descriptor) grip wood?

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