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Browning Grips

June 18th, 2012 | 4 Comments | Posted in Pass the ammo, Pistol Grips, pretty pictures

Now that I have finished making some stock of 1911 grips I have turned my attention back over to my Browning.  With the proper tools, and a little bit of experience under my belt now from setting up a process on the 1911’s, I actually found these were easier than before.

I stopped in at my local big box hardware store and the guy in the tool department was really helpful, after explaining to him that I was making pistol grips and expecting the look of disdain (side effect of California) I found out he made custom rifle stocks and we had a really good conversation about wood, tools and checkering patterns.  In the end he sent me home with this little routerTheir bandsaw blades might be crap, but this router is amazingly good.

So, I dove in and made some patterns, cut some wood, oiled it, burned it and stuck it on my pistol.

Here’s the results.

This set is made of Bubinga.  Love this wood, really hard, burns nicely and look great.  15 days till launch and a lot of work left to do, including finishing the shopping cart for the website.  Only minor stuff on that, but still – must be done!

I promise one day I will find the good camera when I need to take some shots.  I think my wife has it in the baby bag… maybe.

 

**UPDATE**

Thanks to Say Uncle for the link.  I will be launching my custom grip site Rimfire Designs on July 4th and will start by having 1911 and Browning grips.  I plan on expanding the selection quickly

Screw Bank of America

April 21st, 2012 | 4 Comments | Posted in Jackass, Libtards, Pass the ammo

After taking BILLIONS in bailout money, and more recently shifting $53 TRILLION of it’s derivative holdings from the investment side to the retail side so that when their Euro investments go tits up (which they will) we taxpayers will be on the hook for it, BofA has done one more move which has made me finally stop being lazy and I am moving my account to a local credit union and Bank of America can burn in hell for all I care.

I’m not talking about when they were opening accounts for illegal immigrants who had no ID (things that we normal people are required to show).  Yeah, even with that I kept putting off the move.  Nope, what made me finally say to hell with them is their attitude towards the 2nd amendment.

Recently BofA told McMilian Group International that they did not want McMilian’s business anymore because of McMilian being in the firearm business.

This is from their Facebook page:

McMillan Fiberglass Stocks, McMillan Firearms Manufacturing, McMillan Group International have been collectively banking with Bank of America for 12 years. Today Mr. Ray Fox, Senior Vice President, Market Manager, Business Banking, Global Commercial Banking came to my office. He scheduled the meeting as an “account analysis” meeting in order to evaluate the two lines of credit we have with them. He spent 5 minutes talking about how McMillan has changed in the last 5 years and have become more of a firearms manufacturer than a supplier of accessories.
At this point I interrupted him and asked “Can I possible save you some time so that you don’t waste your breath? What you are going to tell me is that because we are in the firearms manufacturing business you no longer what my business.”
“That is correct” he says.
I replied “That is okay, we will move our accounts as soon as possible. We can find a 2nd Amendment friendly bank that will be glad to have our business. You won’t mind if I tell the NRA, SCI and everyone one I know that BofA is not firearms industry friendly?”
“You have to do what you must” he said.
“So you are telling me this is a politically motivated decision, is that right?”
Mr Fox confirmed that it was. At which point I told him that the meeting was over and there was nothing let for him to say.

I think it is import for all Americans who believe in and support our 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms should know when a business does not support these rights. What you do with that knowledge is up to you. When I don’t agree with a business’ political position I can not in good conscience support them. We will soon no longer be accepting Bank of America credit cards as payment for our products.

I called BofA and asked them about this story and the woman I spoke with first denied all knowledge of it.  When I asked her how it is that a major public relations situation like this can happen and she has not been told anything my her superiors about BofA’s response she then stated she had heard of it but had no comment.

I then asked if there was someone I could speak with who could answer my questions since I was considering opening a business account in the near future for my firearms related business.  No, there wasn’t and she had nothing further to say.

So, since Bank of Anti-America doesn’t want my money I will be glad to go with a bank that not only wants my money, but also doesn’t try and shift it’s dumbshit money losing schemes from their own wallet to mine.

 

Light Blogging

April 19th, 2012 | 1 Comment | Posted in It's all about me, Pass the ammo, Pistol Grips

Heavy grip making.

Now that I have about 25 sets of full size 1911’s finished out and ready to be textured, burned and finished, I decided to switch gears and work on revolvers.  Specifically the SP101 my wife has.

So, now I am chopping up more pine to test with, working on angles for the grip and finger positions, and generally having a good ol’ time of it.  I’m making a standard grip right now with a middle finger grip and once I have the basic design down I am making a special set for my wife.  Since her fingers are very small (she wears a size 4 ring) I am making the finger groves smaller to fit her hand.

I’m thinking of offering that as an option as well – something like, you send a tracing of your hand and I fit the grips to it.  It’s would need to be more accurate that that I think, but general idea.

Anyway, here is where the new design is at right now.

Yep, there’s still a ways to go on them, but I’m making good progress.

Tools Make the Difference

March 11th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in Pass the ammo, Pistol Grips, pretty pictures

Good tools that is.

I was over at Home Depot (damn them for being along my walk to work) and while I was roaming the aisles with some rags-in-a-box, a couple of C-clamps and some sand paper I came across a set of DeWalt drill bits and decided to pick them up since I was short a 1/16th bit since it had decided to break on me a week or two ago.  The other deciding factor was that these bits were titanium pilot point bits and the Craftsman bits I  had been using were standard steel bits.

Fast forward to Saturday.  I’m working on a set of grips that I am making out of Bubinga.  This is a very hard wood that has a great dark red/brown color with hints of black.  I decide to pull out my new bits and give them a whirl since I figure titanium bits will have an easier go of it than my cheapo steel bits and boy howdy was I right.

When making grips, I don’t start with a left and right side blank, I start with one slab of wood that eventually I will resaw down the middle and split into my two blanks.  Generally my grips start off (for a 1911) as a 2x5x1″ thick blank that I first drill the mount holes and then cut to shape before re-sawing and then shaping the faces.

My new drill bits not only went through like a hot knife, but I also learned something.  My old bits I would have to go back and slightly enlarge the hole so that the would fit on the pistol.  They were always just a touch too small.  My new bits make the mount hole the perfect size, no reworking required.  So, all I can think is that my old bits are actually not the right size and are a hair too small.

As far as the grips I was working on, here is how they look so far – one coat of tung oil.  I have four more coats to go and then I’ll varnish them.

This set I am keeping for myself to put on a certain Kimber I am considering throwing cash at. I think these grips will look pretty sweet on that matte black finish.

**UPDATE**

Yes, I still need to do the required cutouts for the mag release and safety. I always do a coat of oil before finishing it all up because it allows me to see all the details.

Oh, Dear Lord….

March 10th, 2012 | 2 Comments | Posted in Pass the ammo, WTF

Who thought making this was a good idea???

 

H/T to Uncle, who I am not sure if I should thank for letting me know this thing exists.

Grips

March 2nd, 2012 | 4 Comments | Posted in Pass the ammo, Pistol Grips, pretty pictures

So, I finished getting my worktable set up (a post on that later) and got to work on some grip stuff.

Here is a test run on a grip that I unfortunately messed up so it is essentially scrap, but scrap is good for testing ideas, so I used this one to test a way to do texture and design and then tung oiled it to bring out the color

Of course, this is just a beginning, I have much to do before I am in full production mode and ready to sell.  Website is being worked on; still need to order mold material to make dummy guns with; need my wood burning tools; so much stuff that has to be done.

I figure I’ll probably be ready for full unveil of my grip website in June or July.  I guess launching it on July 4th would be a good day to kick it off.  What goes better with guns than fireworks  😀

So, this is your teaser shot of the day. One example of about twenty different ideas that I have put down on paper.  There’s a whole lot more in my head too that are wanting to get out.