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Old May 14th, 2009, 07:17 PM   #1
 
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Lett Grips - What's the real story?

So I know Lett Grips is no longer in business. But does anyone know the real reason why? I've heard is was because Mr. Lett retired...if that's even true. And I've heard it was because Ruger transitioned from wood to rubber grips and that pretty much put them out of business since most of their business came from Ruger. Anyone know the real deal here?

My other question would be, given that so many long time Ruger enthusiasts preferred the Lett Grips, couldn't Ruger manage to negotiate to purchase the patents from Lett and then in turn have Hogue produce them? And I'm assuming Lett still owns the patents.

I frequent Ruger's site pretty often and found it interesting that in the parts section they're now selling the Lett Grips again for the GP100 and Super Redhawk. For quite a long time they weren't even listed/shown on the site at all, just the Hogues. Maybe they're trying to burn out the remaining stock? They show them as unavailable/out of stock on the site, but that's funny to me because you can just call Ruger and they have them, ordered mine this past Monday and they arrived today.

Just curious. I just feel like Ruger should try to make these truly available again for folks who might want them as an option instead of just slapping on a set of Hogues and calling it a day.



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Old May 14th, 2009, 08:04 PM   #2
 
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As far as I know, Lett was a subcontractor to Ruger. The design of the grips was Ruger's . . . very doubtful Lett had anything to do with patents on the grip panels.

Bill Lett was an old friend of Bill Ruger's, and in fact produced accessory muzzle brakes for the early .22 pistols.

This info, and more, is found in John Dougan's latest book.

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