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Getting a Grip: Part 1

September 19th, 2011 | 2 Comments | Posted in Art stuff, Pass the ammo, Pistol Grips

No, this isn’t a political posting, this is a gun and art posting.

So it’s like this, I have been ignoring my thesis for much too long because I have jumped into teaching myself how to make custom pistol grips.  I was actually inspired to start down this road by my friend Michael, maker of amazing custom holsters, to get into this for a few reasons; One, it could potentially be another source of income for us, and with a baby (and the wife wanting a few more) extra income would be nice.  Two, I’ve seen bunches of custom grips for .45’s but not much out there beyond that and I think with the proper tools, methods and practice I think I can provide a product that people will want. Three: Along with Michael’s  inspiration I also wanted to make a set of custom grips for my dad’s .45 Kimber for Christmas.

So, with all those in mind I decided to start with something that I already have, a Browning Hi-Power 9mm.  I actually figured this is a good one to start with because it is not a flat back grip, the grip actually curves into the back strap of the pistol and on the backside of the grip there are some cut outs that help hold the grip in place since it is only mounted with one screw.

So rather than just having to worry about shaping the sides and face of the grip I also had to do some carving and right angle work as well.  I figured if I could get this one to work then I could probably handle the flat back grips too.

Below the fold are pictures and narrative of what I started doing

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