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who knows where to find clear 1911 girp panels?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by WheelMan, Mar 24, 2004.

  1. WheelMan

    WheelMan Well-Known Member

    I'm making a gift presentation of a 1911 and want to incorporate a clear (lexan maybe, some sort of plastic) grip panel. I've seen one of these on one WWII era gun so they must be out there, any leads? Thanks.
  2. Hakan

    Hakan Well-Known Member

  3. WheelMan

    WheelMan Well-Known Member

    I should have known Hakan would be the man with the grip knowledge. :) Thanks
  4. 12 Volt Man

    12 Volt Man Well-Known Member

    Interesting. I never would have though of such a thing.
  5. clubsoda22

    clubsoda22 member

    and you can see when you have 3 shots left in the mag :D
  6. WheelMan

    WheelMan Well-Known Member

    The being able to see the magazine is neat but I'm going to put a photograph behind those grips. It'll be the sexiest picture frame in town :)
  7. DNA

    DNA Well-Known Member

    I kinda remember some clear grips in Shakespears Romeo and Juliet (the one with Leonardo Dicaprio) always thought that was cool... but i think those were berettas.

  8. Hakan

    Hakan Well-Known Member

    Clear grips from Hakan

    Well...Actually, I don't have time for new experiments but, I couldn't resist it when I came across some clear acrylic in a local hardware store.Man..was it hard to bring back the clearity after all that sanding...I almost regret starting on them.Now I'm not sure if it's worth all that work adding something like this to my inventory so, I'd like to hear your opinion before I make a decision.I have this set and just about enough material for another one.

    What y'all think :)


    Thanks for all input in advance folks.


  9. Gary in Pennsylvania

    Gary in Pennsylvania Well-Known Member

    :what: :what: :what:

    OMG Hakan! I didn't even think of that. I thought you STARTED OUT with a piece of acrylic already molded to the normal grip curvature. I didn't realize that you sanded/ground them down from a 'billet' piece of acrylic! Man - that's some fine hard work! You did get the clarity back VERY well.
  10. Gifted

    Gifted Well-Known Member

    Think a frosted checker pattern would go well on grips like that?
  11. Gary in Pennsylvania

    Gary in Pennsylvania Well-Known Member

    If you're familiar with Hakan grips - You'll understand why I think that these clear grips would look great with his "Half and Half" treatment done to them.
  12. McNutt

    McNutt Well-Known Member

    I'm not a big fan of the clear grips. Yours came out great and I can appreciate all the work you put into them, but it's not my style.
  13. Black Snowman

    Black Snowman Well-Known Member

    If they're extra work, just charge extra. If people want them they'll pay the premium. I think they look great and have to be more comfortable than the Plastic-Tech slabs.
  14. Hakan

    Hakan Well-Known Member

    Thanks for your input Black Snowman.I hope I didn't give the impression of getting ready to charge extra for them.I share that info to point out how time consuming it was to make them...which is something I don't have much of :)


  15. denfoote

    denfoote Well-Known Member

    Very cool, Hakan!!!! :what:
    You know, I DO have another 1911... (pant pant) ;)
    But, alas, no denero!!! :(
  16. who me

    who me Well-Known Member

    Hakan those are absolutely cool. Nice work.

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