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Fransite gun grips

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by JohnM, May 27, 2013.

  1. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    Might be a few old timers here who know about this old company.
    They made hundreds of styles of aftermarket grips from the 40s into the 60s.
    The material they used was an early plastic.
    I found some references that the stuff was similar to Tenite, I tried some repairs to that stuff back when I was restoring bamboo fishing rods.
    I just found a nice set that fits an old gun I have of about the right vintage and want to mount them up. But, they're a bit warped, I used to see that on some old fly rod reel seats.
    Does anyone know or remember if application of a little heat, like from a heat gun, would work to soften them enough to get the warp out? I can't remember if I ever tried putting heat to this stuff before and I don't want to ruin them.

    Whoops, it's supposed to be Franzite.
    Last edited: May 27, 2013
  2. erh

    erh Well-Known Member

    Hi John, my experience is that enough additional temperature to "Soften"
    these is also the correct temp to shrink them unfortunately.

    I hope, should you attempt it anyway, that you have better results then I...

  3. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I seem to remember that's an issue.
    It's also what these old grips are suffering from, they've shrunk enough that the screw holes don't match.
    I've polished down the back sides some on my plate with some sand paper and have a pretty flush fit now. I might just egg a screw hole with a round Swiss file enough to keep strain from cracking the panels.
  4. erh

    erh Well-Known Member

    'Good luck w/ it.. ;)
  5. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    For these it works fine :)
    They'll work well till I can finally run across a set of correct factory grips.
  6. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    What gun? There are a lot of repro grips out there that are made from better plastic than the Franzite grips. And even wood repros for some guns.

  7. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    My old style frame Ruger Mark I.
    Got a nice set of wood target grips, but found these old Franzite grips at a gun show Saturday I want to use.
    Took a little hand work, but they're done now.

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