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    Mesquite Grips

    The semi-recent thread that showed off a set of Jim Martin grips got me to thinking. I have a friend who make furniture, fireplace mantles, commercial bar tops, etc. out of mesquite. I asked what he did with the small cut off pieces. He said they go in the BBQ, smoker or fireplace pile. He let me pick through the scraps.
    I cut out a set of 1911 grips. The pictures don't show it well but is it amazing how the grain of the wood appears to change with the angle of the light.

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    I've got a pair of SAA blanks rough cut. Just can't decide what I want to fit them to yet.
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    Well, I never heard of them until Skeeter pushed them 60 years ago. I still need to get a pair.
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    RE: Skeeter & mesquite grips,a long time ago one of his readers wrote in his column"Does anyone make mesquite grips?" He answered not to his knowledge,A member of this forum & old friend of mine the Jersey Kid wrote to him that"Jim Martin in Az does" & he was kind enough to write about it but it wasn't 60 yrs. ago but I was making them longer than that.
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    Good Job Mark !!


    I have a gentlemen in Texas making me a set of grips for my Bisley out of Bison Horn...

    Here they are...very roughly shaped.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Martin View Post
    RE: Skeeter & mesquite grips,a long time ago one of his readers wrote in his column"Does anyone make mesquite grips?" He answered not to his knowledge,A member of this forum & old friend of mine the Jersey Kid wrote to him that"Jim Martin in Az does" & he was kind enough to write about it but it wasn't 60 yrs. ago but I was making them longer than that.
    It seems a good wood for grips, if you can get pieces with just the dark heartwood. How do they hold checkering? Have you ever used ironwood for grips? Both common as rain...er...wind...out here in AZ.

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    Here's a vender ... I have no experience with them though.
    Texas Grips - Gun control with style!

    There was a firm in San Angelo, but I think they folded.
    Esmeralda might have some, she's had ironwood versions available before.
    Good Luck
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    A few more of Jim Martin made mesquite grips.
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    Mesquite Grips

    Texas Grips makes a nice set.....here is a set I have on my Ruger......


    Quote Originally Posted by rayb View Post
    Here's a vender ... I have no experience with them though.
    Texas Grips - Gun control with style!

    There was a firm in San Angelo, but I think they folded.
    Esmeralda might have some, she's had ironwood versions available before.
    Good Luck
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    I have some Screwbean Mesquite grips on a custom revolver which are rare in a word and am going to send some wood out to make a few sets for my 1911's. Love the stuff! Like the regular mesquite as well it is just a little different. Screwbean on the left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHOOTER13 View Post
    Good Job Mark !!
    I have a gentlemen in Texas making me a set of grips for my Bisley out of Bison Horn...

    Here they are...very roughly shaped.
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    Thanks!
    I have a walking stick with a buffalo horn handle and tip made for me by a dear old friend quite a few years ago. The pictures aren't very good but the cane is awesome. Leather wrapped grip, brass and a Mexican coin below the grip. The blade is 30.25" round stainless steel ground to a triangular point.
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