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Just got a new Colt SAA. Any recommendations on grip upgrades?

 

 

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I think they feel perfect the way they are.

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Just now, Warden Callaway said:

I think they feel perfect the way they are.

They do feel good. Like the checkering. 

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28 minutes ago, Warden Callaway said:

I think they feel perfect the way they are.


I agree.  The Colt grips feel perfect the way they are.  (The originals, or something else of the exact configuration.)

 

Here is a tip, however:  If you do replace the original grips, carefully package the original grips in padded plastic, with the gun’s serial number and keep them in a safe place.  Don’t ever sell them separately or lose them.  Keep them ”with the gun,” so if you ever go to sell the gun, you have them.  In my mind, a Colt without the original grips takes a $200 hit, right there.

 

Remember, the grips are factory-fitted to the gun, and each grip frame often or always is a tad different from the others.

 

 Of course all y’all may have a different opinion, which is okay, I suppose......

 

Cat Brules

 

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I wish Pietta made some grips like those for their revolvers.

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Joe Perkins in Tucson........Giraffe bone

https://classicsingleaction.com/index.php

 

I was asked by a fellow gun enthusiast if that was truly a Colt Single Action in my holster, replying yes, he stated hat a gun like that was meant to be seen and never used.   I simply stated that if he had married a super model would he simply look at her and nothing else?  He understood....  Nice pistola.  

 

 

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Perfect grips for shooting! Leave 'em on!

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This first generation don't have the eagle.  

 

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Still feels good.  But I like the bulge of the eagle. 

 

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This old Frontier Six shooter had homemade walnut grips. I replaced them with one-piece faux antler grips that I cast from resin.  Kind of funkey old TV western look. 

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Wouldn't change 'em if it was mine.   [And I didn't even know a new Colt was available.]

 

For proof of how I would not change them, take a look...

 

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Obviously a First Gen from before the turn of the 20th Century.   The other side is even worse...

 

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I got this gun for 500 hundred bucks.  Mechanically it's perfect, but it is as ugly as sin.  Been told it's a perfect candidate for the "Turnbull Treatment" and I am considering it.  But, I'd keep the original grips as is, as I feel they give the gun some character.   I might ask if the right side grip can be repaired somehow, but I'd like to keep 'em as is.

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4 hours ago, Hashknife Cowboy said:

Joe Perkins in Tucson........Giraffe bone

https://classicsingleaction.com/index.php


BEAUTIFUL work on those Colt grips!

 

Cat Brules

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The colt grips with the eagles to me are the perfect fit and grip.

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The second gens don't have the Eagle either.

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Loop your pinky under the grip it will feel much better !  Let it roll under the recoil.

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15 hours ago, Cat Brules said:

Don’t ever sell them separately or lose them.  Keep them ”with the gun,” so if you ever go to sell the gun, you have them.

 

This is great advise no matter what brand gun. Before starting CAS I put a set of finger groove grips on a .45 colt Ruger Blackhawk. Now after shooting single actions a whole lot more I really want the stock ones back on it and I'll be danged if I can find them! 

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The early civilian Colt's had the eagle grips.  Then, later, sometime in the 1890's until around the beginning of world war 2, when the single action was discontinued because of the war production, the eagle was not there, in many cases.  Then, at the introduction, of the single action, in 1956, the so called 2nd generation, the eagle was missing (it is missing on my early 2nd generation Colt), and later I purchased a second generation single action in 1973, and the eagle was back.  The subsequent Colt single actions, I have purchased, that had the "rubber/hard plastic" grips, had the eagle on them again.

 

Like it has been stated....if you do put other grips on your Colt, be sure you keep the originals, and do not throw them away.  Also, if you do put another set of grips on, either two piece, or one piece, you, or someone, will have to fit them to the frame, to get them "proud" to the frame.  That may mean you send off the Colt to have a grip maker do the work, provide the material you select, and fit them.  That ain't gonna be cheap, but....many do that.  Look on-line at the grip manufacturers, and look at the different styles available to you.  Some of that burl walnut, or English walnut, or other more exotic wood, is really beautiful.

If I were going to put different grips on my Colt, I would get some really nice, expensive ones, to match the iconic legend, that the Colt has become. 

A king should not be dressed in rags.   

 

If you were putting all this to a vote, I would vote to just keep what you have, and enjoy the legend you have purchased.  The rampant Colt/Eagle grips are very recognizable in the shooting community (and maybe even in the leftist/liberal/socialist community), and it signals you have the genuine article resting on your hip. 

 

But...it's your call, as it should be. 

 

Congratulations on your purchase.  You have an heirloom, an iconic classic design, a world wide recognizable item, a symbol of the old west and the cowboy, a piece of history, and...with safety always in mind...an investment in fun.  Welcome to the Colt club.     

 

My Two Bits.

W.K.

 

 

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On 5/6/2020 at 4:08 PM, Waxahachie Kid #17017 L said:

The early civilian Colt's had the eagle grips.  Then, later, sometime in the 1890's until around the beginning of world war 2, when the single action was discontinued because of the war production, the eagle was not there, in many cases.  Then, at the introduction, of the single action, in 1956, the so called 2nd generation, the eagle was missing (it is missing on my early 2nd generation Colt), and later I purchased a second generation single action in 1973, and the eagle was back.  The subsequent Colt single actions, I have purchased, that had the "rubber/hard plastic" grips, had the eagle on them again.

 

Like it has been stated....if you do put other grips on your Colt, be sure you keep the originals, and do not throw them away.  Also, if you do put another set of grips on, either two piece, or one piece, you, or someone, will have to fit them to the frame, to get them "proud" to the frame.  That may mean you send off the Colt to have a grip maker do the work, provide the material you select, and fit them.  That ain't gonna be cheap, but....many do that.  Look on-line at the grip manufacturers, and look at the different styles available to you.  Some of that burl walnut, or English walnut, or other more exotic wood, is really beautiful.

If I were going to put different grips on my Colt, I would get some really nice, expensive ones, to match the iconic legend, that the Colt has become. 

A king should not be dressed in rags.   

 

If you were putting all this to a vote, I would vote to just keep what you have, and enjoy the legend you have purchased.  The rampant Colt/Eagle grips are very recognizable in the shooting community (and maybe even in the leftist/liberal/socialist community), and it signals you have the genuine article resting on your hip. 

 

But...it's your call, as it should be. 

 

Congratulations on your purchase.  You have an heirloom, an iconic classic design, a world wide recognizable item, a symbol of the old west and the cowboy, a piece of history, and...with safety always in mind...an investment in fun.  Welcome to the Colt club.     

 

My Two Bits.

W.K.

 

 

Thanks that history lesson makes me really appreciate the Eagle and pony on the grips. Maybe I’ll just stick with the originals. 

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The only thing I would replace factory colt grips with is elephant ivory.  But now that that is banned, you can’t do better than what came from the factory.  

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On 5/5/2020 at 8:24 PM, Hashknife Cowboy said:

Joe Perkins in Tucson........Giraffe bone

https://classicsingleaction.com/index.php

 

I was asked by a fellow gun enthusiast if that was truly a Colt Single Action in my holster, replying yes, he stated hat a gun like that was meant to be seen and never used.   I simply stated that if he had married a super model would he simply look at her and nothing else?  He understood....  Nice pistola.  

 

 

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Oh I already shot and will shoot the crap out of this Colt. It’ll be no safe queen. 

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I shot our match yesterday with two second generation Colts in 45Colt. 

 

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This one made in 71 with eagle grips.

 

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And this one made in 62. No eagle,  no checkering!  

 

So happened,  I had a good day and shot a clean match!  

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15 hours ago, Doc Coles SASS 1188 said:

The only thing I would replace factory colt grips with is elephant ivory.  But now that that is banned, you can’t do better than what came from the factory.  

 

Wooley Mammoth ivory is unregulated.

 

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I thought that the mother of pearl grips it came with were ugly.   So I got these instead.

 

 

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Nothing wrong with the current Colt hard rubber rips.    But some nice options are (1st)  rams horn, (2nd down) giraffe bone  and finally mammoth ivory.   As are any of the more beautifully grained  wood grips.

 

Giraffe one can have a lot of character and color and is likely a better grip for durability than actual ivory.   Feel of Giraffe is also  very good when comparing it to ivory.

 

I'd bet if you looked around actual elephant ivory might be available in your state..   If not Nutmeg in Conn can hook you up with the others.

 

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I have multiple sets of elephant ivory grips from nutmeg.  I like elephant the best because of the look and feel and the fact that it is traditional and period correct.  I have seen some mastodon grips that are nice, but I don’t like the brown stuff (personal preference).  I have seen period walrus ivory grips on original 19th century guns, but walrus ivory is quite different than elephant ivory.  It also takes a very big walrus tusk to make an SAA grip.  I have a set for a smith and wesson #3.  I have seen Giraffe bone grips for sale but people are asking stupid money for them (as much or more than I used to buy elephant ivory for) and I can’t bring my self to spend that much money for bone.  Stag grips are largely a 20th century movie and TV thing, so not my bag.  Mother of pearl is period but pricy, heavy, and very fragile.  In my opinion, life is to short for plastic grips or fake ivory. But hey, to each his own.  

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3 hours ago, H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619 said:

 

Wooley Mammoth ivory is unregulated.

 

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I thought that the mother of pearl grips it came with were ugly.   So I got these instead.

 

 

Except in California. Apparently the genius in Sacramento are trying to ensure that mammoths don’t go extinct from folks like us trying to put it on our guns. Bless their hearts. 

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10 minutes ago, levi littleton said:

If you live in Texas?  Paul Persinger ivory.

 

 

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I’ve got a set of blanks set aside for Persinger to do that exact carving. 

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1 hour ago, El Hombre Sin Nombre said:

I’ve got a set of blanks set aside for Persinger to do that exact carving. 

 

 

A classic for sure.  This is the pair I am waiting for right now.  But I would be happy with anything he carves.

 

 

 

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That’s an excellent choice. 

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2 hours ago, levi littleton said:

 

 

A classic for sure.  This is the pair I am waiting for right now.  But I would be happy with anything he carves.

 

 

 

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Very nice.  That almost makes me want to live in Texas, but it’s a little too small a state for an Alaskan and it definitely has way too many people.

 

Here is a shot of a set of checkered ivories Nutmeg did for my barbecue gun.   

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Here's one of my Colt revolvers.

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7.5" BBQ gun??!  Blued at that!   Aint never heard of such a thing Doc :rolleyes:

 

 

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1 minute ago, levi littleton said:

7.5" BBQ gun??!  Blued at that!   Aint never heard of such a thing Doc :rolleyes:

 

 

Engraved with a Nimschke pattern, color cased, and blued with checkered one piece ivories.  Subtle and classy.  It’s a 1956 2nd gen that I bought in very bad shape and restored.  Not sure why a 7.5 inch makes a bad BBQ gun?

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Great BBQ gun. Have four, 2 2nd gen blue cch, and 2 3rd gen nickel with mop grips. Length is everything.;):D

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No doubt that is a nice Colt Doc.

 

BBQ guns are without question a long Texas tradition.   Understandable that one might miss the "rules" if  not steeped in the SW gunman traditions.  BBQ guns are carried concealed under the Sunday coat during the more genteel times and public places, .    A firearm fully capable taking care of business as intended  and still able to go into court,  a cantina or your church and never be seen without the intent or offend the Judge, Ms. Daisy or the Choir while doing so .   There is a very specific short list of what a BBQ  gun is and what it aint :)   Best education on what a BBQ gun actually is would be a stroll through the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco.

 

You can call any gun a BBQ gun.  It is still a free country.  But calling a cow a bull, don't make it a bull.

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Interesting .  In California, where I grew up in a family with a long history working with cattle, a barbecue gun is the fancy gun you wear to public events like rodeos, parades, or barbecues.  Think Edward Bohlin.  
 

I don’t know of many folks who would wear a hideout gun to church.  Most of the folks who would go to church wouldn’t need a hideout gun and most of the folks who needed a hideout gun wouldn’t go to church.  I have heard folks talk about a “Sunday go to meeting gun” but this too would be a fancy gun and the point for it was to show off, not conceal it.  
 

I guess it’s a regional variation.

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