What Do Y'all Think of Maple Grips?


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power167
January 2, 2013, 09:43 PM
Looking at maple grips for my 686+ from Ahrends. They're a light blondish/white color I find appealing. Do they look pretty good in person? Hard to tell from pictures.

As kind of an aside are the round butt finger groove tacticals a good replacement for the stock grips? I find the stockers fit me really well but they're this el cheapo plastic/rubber that look like they cost two bucks on Chinese ebay.

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TennJed
January 3, 2013, 12:27 AM
Love them, my favorite type of wood for grips

Birdseye Maple on a Vaquero 45

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7147/6712651777_562cc15208_z.jpg

Flamecut Maple

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7105/7172938742_5f318de5bb.jpg

Curly Maple

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8364/8316444909_81e272e8d4.jpg

BCRider
January 3, 2013, 12:46 AM
Maple starts out quite whitish with a very nice warm tan tone. Over time exposure to the elements will slightly darken the original colour.

I also see that the standard finish is a polyurethane with tung oil as an option. With the poly the wood will start and stay quite white. And to me it tends to be lifeless. On the other hand the tung oil will give the wonderful warm wood tone that maple can provide. It also tends to make any figuring in the grain as described below pop and look 3 dimensional.

If you don't want to pay for the tung oil finish then perhaps buy the scales in the raw and finish them with tung oil yourself. And that way you can clean and refinish the wood periodically.

On it's own maple is rather boring. It really doesn't have a lot of character to the grain. But that changes dramatically if it's burl, birdseye or curly stock. In those cases the rich patterning of the odd grain really makes this otherwise boring wood pop like the dickens.

I see examples of both on their website for maple grips

My own feeling from working with wood over years as a hobby is that grips from plain maple would not be my first choice. Oh sure, the colour has a nice light warm look. But the wood is simply too plain. But as suggested above if you can get scales from them that use one of the highly figured examples then the new grips would be amazing.

For my own part I think they would look better on a blued gun due to the contrast between the lighter wood and the dark metal. On a stainless gun my own tastes lean towards a darker wood with nice grain again due to the contrast.

But hey, it's your gun. But to maximise the look pay the little extra needed to get the fancier grades of grain if it's an option and go with the tung oil finish either applied by yourself onto unfinished scales or by the makers.

bannockburn
January 3, 2013, 06:00 AM
While I don't have any Ahrends grips for my revolvers, I have them on one of my M1911's and I am very pleased with the craftsmanship and quality that went into making them. Nicely figured Maple makes for a great choice of wood for any revolver.

CraigC
January 3, 2013, 10:46 AM
I love maple but don't care for the plain stuff that Ahrends uses. I also agree with BCRider about the finishes used.

Burl:
http://photos.imageevent.com/newfrontier45/sixgunsii/large/50th%20.44%20-%20002.JPG

Birdseye (my favorite):
http://photos.imageevent.com/newfrontier45/clifton/large/P1010054.JPG

wanderinwalker
January 3, 2013, 06:22 PM
Vote, I like 'em! These are the Ahrends with the poly finish, but as my first set I am very pleased. They look nicer in person than this photo, and the other side matches the pattern on this panel.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/P-990/586Maple.jpg

Bullet Bob
January 3, 2013, 07:03 PM
Here's some that the maker (Roy Fishpaw) calls myall, or western maple:

http://fototime.com/BCE963270E5485B/standard.jpg

rswartsell
January 3, 2013, 07:44 PM
Spalted Maple can get real interesting. It is a wood that needs some figure or interesting feature in my eye. Good clear Maple without any adulteration in finish may be good enough, but by comparison can be a bit light and a bit boring. Birdseye, spalted, burl or other interesting feature can put it right in there for me.

P.S. You gotta agree there are some pretty ones showing up in this post already.

dhcustomwork
January 3, 2013, 08:45 PM
I like a little maple myself once in a while. It does need to have a bit more than the normal grain pattern to be at its best. But good old maple has plenty of this options out there for the taking.

Birdseye:
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e10/ashlea30/photo-2144.jpg

Spalted:
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e10/ashlea30/null-40.jpg

Curly:
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e10/ashlea30/null-13.jpg

BCRider
January 3, 2013, 08:49 PM
That curly 1911 with the black stain or dye looks VERY nice.

rswartsell
January 3, 2013, 08:53 PM
^You betcha!

bannockburn
January 4, 2013, 02:34 PM
CraigC

I really like the look of those birdseye maple grips on your Single Six. Very nice indeed!

CraigC
January 4, 2013, 04:35 PM
Thanks! They're actually much better looking in person. After I swapped the grip frame on the above gun, I put them on Dad's New Model.

wlewisiii
January 5, 2013, 10:05 AM
I ordered a set of the Banana Grips in Maple for my 625 Mountain Gun last November. Can anyone tell me how long the wait is? I'm getting antsy and this thread isn't helping... ;)

slick6
January 5, 2013, 01:21 PM
Here are two of my Ruger GP's with spalted maple grip inserts:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/shootit/Ruger/P1010272.jpg

ApacheCoTodd
January 5, 2013, 02:29 PM
For my part I can't stand them. I don't like the contrast nor the overtly house-furniture look on either handguns or long guns. They - for the most part - just seem to slash with the utility theme of firearms.

Now, an incredible piece of walnut I can really appreciate as it seems to compliment the nature of a firearm more than Maple.

TennJed
January 5, 2013, 02:36 PM
Slick6 those are gorgeous. If you don't mind me asking who made those?

Drail
January 5, 2013, 02:56 PM
Blondes have more fun.

slick6
January 5, 2013, 03:12 PM
Slick6 those are gorgeous. If you don't mind me asking who made those?
TennJed:

Chig's Grips: Here is the link: http://chigsgrips.com/

farscott
January 5, 2013, 03:31 PM
dhcustomwork,

The 1911 grips with the Barber quarter (??) are amazing. May I ask who made the grips and/or inset the coins?

dhcustomwork
January 5, 2013, 09:33 PM
Thx guys.

Scott; I actually made all those grips in my post. Those grips with the 1911 nickels were one one of my favs. I need to make some more one of these days. Setting up my new holster biz has really taken all my time from grips and other projects.

TennJed
January 5, 2013, 11:21 PM
TennJed:

Chig's Grips: Here is the link: http://chigsgrips.com/
Wow, his prices are more than fair

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