Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Poohgyrr, Mar 18, 2007.
Rosewood color J frames:
Stag finish J and K/L frames:
It looks like you have the Duramite grips. Mine work fine with my Safariland Comp I's and Comp IIs (which are fluted like the cylinders on my S&Ws). I don't use HKS's very often, but remember they hang up noticably more than the Safarilands.
When loading, the Comp II flutes line up with the S&W cylinder flutes, which gives me a totally smooth and bobble free reload - no hesitations or snags at all with my Hogue Pau Ferro grips. This is related to your question because the Comp II flutes also line up with my Duramite grips in a way that the speedloaders just glide across the Duramite material. With a little practice, no snagging, or hangups, on the Duramites on my Smiths. The Comp I's aren't bad.
These Duramites are some sort of plastic type material, but they work so well for me that I just don't mind. This is especially true for shooting the J frame Duramites, these have to be used to be believed. They are that good.
There are plenty of "perfect" wood or ivory grips out there if I want. But the Duramites often go for about $20 to $30 delivered off of Ebay or directly from John "Fitz" Paul. And I don't mind so much if these get scratched or dinged.
All this is for the regular duty type grips (like the Gunfighters), not the specialized target grips with extended thumb rests that Fitz also made.
Now, Fitz also made wooden grips, which are hard to find these days. I have some of these, in both cherrywood and walnut, and they work very well and look great after refinishing. These do need to be relieved for my Comp IIs & Comp Is, and also for the HKS's that I have in reserve.
I'm not very good at woodworking, but the guy who refinishes my Fitz wood grips has done a great job at relieving one or two of these wooden Gunfighters for me. These do fine with both my Safarilands and my HKS's, after being relieved. Not a problem at all, and they do a great job of recoil control and accuracy.
Here is a picture or two of the left side of refinished Fitz wooden duty grips:
A S&W N frame .44 Special:
A S&W K frame M66-2. I relieved this one myself but somehow, it still works:
One set of Colt stocks
And I was able to get a set of cherrywood grips for my 4th issue Detective Special, with the short frame. These grips are for the original long frame, but fit fine. There is a gap, which can be filled in and colored to match. I have left the gap alone, for that long frame DS I hope to get someday.
This set has not been refinished or relieved, and can hangup with the HKS's I use for this wheelgun. These grips give me a superior hold & control on this sweet little .38.
This is a large picture, so I thumbnailed it:
Fitz Grips Still Available from Paul While They Last
I am still kicking or just ambling along with my Fitz grips I last made in the late 70's before my factory burnt.
I have lots of Duramite grips for Smith and Colt. Bakelite grips for Colt 1911 and High Standard made before WW2. Cherry or Walnut hardwood grips for Smith, Colt and Ruger. Some models are gone and others only one or two remain.
Have a small supply of my first plastic boxes ever made after WW2 that are such quality they have never worn out since made in the 1950's and are still soft even in Alaska. They are bright red designed to be carried in pockets and if dropped in a shallow stream, water will not enter even though they are slip top boxes in .generally 38, .45 in 50 capacity and rifle .222 to 30/06 20 capacity and the bright red color shows up anywhere if dropped.
I sometimes list them on ebay as star0reloader0mentors or fitz0pistol0grips and I can be PM'd or emailed regarding possible availability of grips for a particular model.
My 1919-1979 business ws developed for California officers then all kinds of officers to shoot naturally with greatly increased accuracy.
The word Fitz came from a police chief feeling a grip for the first time who said "It Fits".
John is lucky to live near me to learn when I run across a grip I think I am out of and he has done a beautiful job of refinishing his weapons with my Fitz really rare K frame Cherrywood grips.
My Fitz grips and Ammo Safes boxes never wear out and ones I sold decades ago regularly appear at auction sites like ebay after their owners retire from competition.
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