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Old November 9th, 2011, 09:17 PM   #1
 
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Qualite brass birds head grip on Vaquero

Hey all,

So I got this Qualite birds head grip frame without grips to try on my New Vaquero in 44 Special from Lipsey's. At first I was a bit scared because the guy told me there were no returns. The add stated it would fit the old and the new Vaquero. I got it yesterday in mail. The finish is great. I used some polishing to remove the stains and the grip frame looks AWESOME. I took the gun a part and placed the grip on it to see if it fits. All I can tell you that the fit is almost perfect. There is some minor fitting required. Here you can see the pics of the grip frame and my gun in its current state. I will also attempt to make my own grips for the frame from wood for the first time. Will post pictures of the progress as I go.

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Old November 9th, 2011, 09:25 PM   #2
 
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Wow, that frame is awesome!
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Off to a good start.
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If you want to be correct, I believe that would be a "Thunderer" grip frame not a birds head.
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yeah, that funny inside hump is the Thunderer style I believe as well.
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Gents,

It is a Thunderer style grip, but from looking on the net they still call it a birds head grip. Go figure. Anyway. After all the fitting here it is mounted (no screws). I am falling in love. Just have to pick the right wood for the grips. Anybody got a link to a good video on making revolver grips?



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Do you have a link to the company that makes these frames?
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Do you have a link to the company that makes these frames?
I could not find the manufacturer's link, but I have a site that sells them:

Gun Grip - Ruger Lightening

Grips-Florida GunWorks - Parts for the AR15, AK47, FNFAL, HK, Mini 14, Mini 30 & MP5 at Florida Gun Works

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So I went to the Home Depot store and got some tools that I will need for making the grip panels. Also got a piece of red oak. I want to see how easy it is to make a set first before I ruin some nice walnut that I am planing to get from my friend. I traced the handle shape on a piece of cardboard an then transferred it onto the board. Then using the jigsaw I cut out what is supposed to become the grips for the gun. Here is what I got so far:



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"Here is what I got so far:"

A cut finger?

Joking. The fit is perfect. I can't wait to see the end result. I have wanted to do exactly the same thing for a few years now.
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"Here is what I got so far:"

A cut finger?

Joking. The fit is perfect. I can't wait to see the end result. I have wanted to do exactly the same thing for a few years now.
Seriously :-)
Not a finger, but I did cut my hand nicely with the saw blade.

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Yikes. At a glance I thought that was blood, but I hoped I was just joking. Coping saws are pretty sharp to do what they do.
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Looking good!
Did the casting come as nicely polished as in the first picture?

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Looking good!
Did the casting come as nicely polished as in the first picture?

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Yes, sir. it did. I just used some tarnish removing/polishing compound to make it shine even brighter.

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I could not find the manufacturer's link, but I have a site that sells them:

Gun Grip - Ruger Lightening

Grips-Florida GunWorks - Parts for the AR15, AK47, FNFAL, HK, Mini 14, Mini 30 & MP5 at Florida Gun Works

Cheers,
Mad


Try a search on Florida Gun Works and read all the bad reports about them THEN decide if you wanna deal with that place!
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