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Old April 24th, 2017, 04:14 PM   #1
 
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Bearcat Grip Question

For anyone out here with an old model Bearcat, especially one you've owned since the 1960s, what is the finish on the wood grip panels?

I picked up a 1962 Bearcat and the grips are extremely glossy wood, as opposed to the satin finish on the walnut grips on NM Blackhawks (back when they came with unlaminated wood). Just wondering if that is correct or a later added finish.

(I will try to get pictures later this week, but I will need to set up better lights to deal with the gloss)



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Someone got busy with tru-oil or gloss clear spray. Original was a satin natural finish.
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Mine is a satin finish
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For anyone out here with an old model Bearcat, especially one you've owned since the 1960s, what is the finish on the wood grip panels?

I picked up a 1962 Bearcat and the grips are extremely glossy wood, as opposed to the satin finish on the walnut grips on NM Blackhawks (back when they came with unlaminated wood). Just wondering if that is correct or a later added finish.

(I will try to get pictures later this week, but I will need to set up better lights to deal with the gloss)
As a grip maker, if I wanted a satin finish on my Tru Oil finish, I just took a soft rag and wrapped it around my finger and saturated it with Johnson's baby oil and dipped it into a jar of Brownells 3F Pumice powder and rubbed the finish lightly. This does a great job of bringing a gloss finish down to a satin finish.
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I bought mine in 1964 for $49.50, out the door, (before the invention of sales tax). It has a satin finish, that I improved the looks of and made it fit the hand better by cutting white spacers out of an old bleach jug. Keep yer powder dry.........robin
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I bought mine in 1964 for $49.50, out the door, (before the invention of sales tax). It has a satin finish, that I improved the looks of and made it fit the hand better by cutting white spacers out of an old bleach jug. Keep yer powder dry.........robin

I thought they were about $37.50 back then. I got one at a liquor store in Old Hangtown in 1969 for $39.50. Earning $1.10/hour, I had to put it on layaway. It was the first in a tradition of buying a handgun for each newborn kid/grandkid. About a half dozen so far. Just got another one (grandson) in February. I think that one is getting the stainless Bearcat with Wolfe springs and adjustable sights.
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Thanks for the responses - that is what I expected for the factory finish.

Other than a little gloss to tame, the little Bearcat looks great (metal is probably a 95% level). I have some very fine aluminum oxide powder, so I may give that a try to satin things up over the weekend. I haven't removed the grip panels yet, but I'm hoping they did the same finish on the inside to give a non-visible practice area.
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Eastman, Here's my 1998 vintage Super Bearcat. The grips are factory stock walnut.

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Eastman, Here's my 1998 vintage Super Bearcat. The grips are factory stock walnut.

That looks great. I'm going to shoot "before and after" pictures this weekend to show the grips once I've tamed the shine. I also need to feed some ammo to the new guy. From the condition, I don't think he's had a proper meal since 1962.
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I probably should not comment on this thread because mine is a 1965 that I bought used. I am not quite sure that these grips are original but I believe they are. I will post this picture just so you can see the grips.

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