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Evolution of Ahrends Boot Grips-Why Didn't I Think of This Sooner?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Landlocked Pirate, Aug 31, 2014.

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  1. Landlocked Pirate

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    Hey y'all. Thought I'd share my grip modification idea that, unlike a lot of my ideas, actually worked out great.
    A few years ago I got a set of Ahrends Boot Grips for my S&W 3-incher (upper left in top photo). They turned out not to fit my hand that well so I went to work with a wood rasp and sandpaper (lower left)). Fit my hand perfectly but were still too slick to feel like I had a sure grip. Then yesterday I got the bright idea to take a wood burning tool to them. It was an experiment but, for me, the results were outstanding They now provide a secure grip but there are no sharp edges to snag on.
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    In case anybody is interested, after I was through burning them I cleaned them with some grain alcohol and a toothbrush and then applied several coats of water based polyurethane (which is what I was told Ahrend's uses).
     
  2. boricua9mm

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    That's awesome. I like re-working grips too, but on the other hand I sometimes feel that I shouldn't have to. I never could locate a set of "smooth" boot grips. You made your own, then pushed the texture. Excellent job! It just so happens that I have a 3" model 65 in need of some magnum friendly grips. This would be ideal!
     
  3. Landlocked Pirate

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    I appreciate the complement, boricua9mm. I am pretty tickled with how they turned out, not just in feel but also in looks. I love my Model 65. If I could have only one revolver this would be it.
     
  4. Sam1911

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    That's actually very interesting. I'd have been extremely hesitant to do that to a pretty set of rosewood or cocobolo (or whatever) grips, but your finish isn't unattractive, and pretty is as pretty DOES.

    It now kind of looks like a good briar pipe and that's got a classic elegance all its own.

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  5. Landlocked Pirate

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    It does, like my Savinelli churchwarden :)
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    ... or my Savinelli rusticated billiard :) :)
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  6. Sam1911

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    Ahhh, mine's a Savinelli Oscar but in smooth finish. :)
     
  7. Landlocked Pirate

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    It's great to meet another Savinelli guy! I found myself looking for a "like" button on your post (too much time on Facebook).
     
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    Very nice and unique looking. They have a rather rustic and heavily used appearance about them, like they came from some old barn siding or ship's planking.
     
  9. engineer88

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    I like it a lot. Very nice! Maybe you should be making and selling these. ☺
     
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    Very nice and I now have an itch to take up pipe smoking :)
     
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    My pipe mysteriously disappeared when we moved. My wife packed it...not so subtle of a hint....now I feel a very strong need to craft a pipe from a block of wood. My winter projects are really starting to form up nicely.
     
  12. Landlocked Pirate

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    Thanks again y'all. I can go with ship's planking or briar pipe, either one. They both have an old-world appeal, and I'm an old-world guy. Or maybe I'm just an old guy.
     
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    Really like how they turned out! :)
     
  14. Landlocked Pirate

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    And pipe smoking is such a great old-world pastime.
     
  15. BullfrogKen

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    Yes, it sure is.


    Savinelli is my brand of pipe as well.


    Very nice work.
     
  16. Landlocked Pirate

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    Thanks, BullfrogKen!
     
  17. BullfrogKen

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    What blend of pipe tobacco do you enjoy?
     
  18. Cocked & Locked
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    Your grips look great...and so do your pipes! I quit smoking pipes 15 years ago. Now I want to smoke one again while I wood-burn some of Ken Ahrend's wood. :scrutiny:
     
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    Perhaps you did not know, but you can special order Ahrend's grips w/o finger grooves. Fortunately for me, Ahrend's grips fit my hand like a tailor made glove:


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    The ones without finger grooves fit me well also...but not the boot grips as they seem too short for my hand. The regular ones do better for me.

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    Very classy. Your grip work is absolutely fantastic.
     
  22. Landlocked Pirate

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    Thanks again for the complements, everybody.
    BullfrogKen, my favorite for a long time was an aromatic called Hobbit's Weed from Tewksbury & Co. in Colorado, but I've recently switched mainly to non-aromatics. I'm not as knowledgeable about them as I'd like to be, but so far my favorites are both from Dunhill: their Early Morning Pipe and London Mixture blends. I also like some of McClelland's, mainly their FrogMorton (don't remember which variation, there are a few) and Rich Virginia. I tend to more mild-to-medium strengths. What about you? I'm always eager for recommendations.
     
  23. Landlocked Pirate

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    Boge, I did not know that, thanks. I'll remember that in the future.
     
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