I'm thinking about these but wondering about what appears to be seams in the MOP. will these be a problem when fitting/sanding do you think? THANKS
One grip fitter I spoke to a few years ago, said he did all his pearl (or abalone or similar) work with the grips under water. The dust is very toxic.
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Just bought some oversized and intend to send them to Paul Persinger for fitting and carving.
I think of these as shale or slate like with layers that could "flake" off. I'd be leery of what appears to be a visible fracture line.
At $500.00 I think I would keep looking. There is very little flame, no color and appear to have inclusions that may prove problematic when you carve/shape them.
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I agree with Rick: The size of MOP material needed to make these grips have been scarce for some time now. As a result, there seems to be large areas that lack the color and depth that older MOP grips had. Those areas look blank even though highly polished and finished, like in my 32/380 grips from Eagle (middle w/medallion). Jackson
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During the Tulsa show I inquired about how to best "sand" MOP grips which were a little long. The advice given me was to make sure I did it under water, so as to ensure none of the dust was inhaled.
I do have a set of MOP's I just pulled off of an old gun because they were too "white" for the 1889 shipped SAA they were on. I was planning to take them to TGCA and sell. They are legit $500 MOP's. If you are interested PM me with an e-mail and I'll send you picks.