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Bought these on ebay cheap. They fit Colt SAA but one needs fitting. I can't tell if they are plastic or some kind of bone. Front looks plastic back looks like bone. Tag says "Handcrafted in Philippines for aje". What do you think? How can I tell for sure? THANKS Fender Auto part Games Metal Rock
 

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Water Buffalo Horn. Touch a hot pin or needle to the back and see if they smell like burnt hair.
 

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Hi NorwichCadet;

I won't tell you how old my friend Swamprat or me is but we can tell you that our old friend Wild Bill Hickok told us once that if you put the backside of one of those grips up to a Dremel tool it will give off the God awful stench of burning hair. However, don't do that, just take Swamprat's word for it cuz he is spot on. They are indeed Buffalo horn.

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..... and if you do put a Dremel tool to it you will go blind as I obviously did cuz I didn't notice that he'd already told you about the hot pin thing.


Bought these on ebay cheap. They fit Colt SAA but one needs fitting. I can't tell if they are plastic or some kind of bone. Front looks plastic back looks like bone. Tag says "Handcrafted in Philippines for aje". What do you think? How can I tell for sure? THANKS View attachment 39026 View attachment 39027 View attachment 39028 View attachment 39029 View attachment 39030
 

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Thanks. I paid $12. What are they worth- $12!!! Are they worth putting on and keeping original grips of course. Can I fit myself or do I need an expert? I'm pretty handy and have lots of tools. Is dust hazardous as ivory etc? THANKS
 

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Thanks. I paid $12. What are they worth- $12!!! Are they worth putting on and keeping original grips of course. Can I fit myself or do I need an expert? I'm pretty handy and have lots of tools. Is dust hazardous as ivory etc? THANKS
That was a steal. I'd have paid that for plastic grips that looked like those.
 

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Thanks. I paid $12. What are they worth- $12!!! Are they worth putting on and keeping original grips of course. Can I fit myself or do I need an expert? I'm pretty handy and have lots of tools. Is dust hazardous as ivory etc? THANKS
Just wear one of those little paper masks and get with it!:)
Or hold your breath while sanding and grinding them.:D
 

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Bought these on ebay cheap. They fit Colt SAA but one needs fitting. I can't tell if they are plastic or some kind of bone. Front looks plastic back looks like bone. Tag says "Handcrafted in Philippines for aje". What do you think? How can I tell for sure? THANKS View attachment 39026 View attachment 39027 View attachment 39028 View attachment 39029 View attachment 39030
I think the "aje" stands for Art Jewel Enterprises which became Eagle Grips. I agree those are Water Buffalo Horn. Heck of a deal.
 

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:DYall wanta compare birthdates:confused:
;)Mine's Nov 23, 1936:eek:
I've got a 1st gen colt 4 3/4 in .44 spcl. made in '36 I'll bet you'd like to have,before you get your hopes up I've posted on here before that I'm probably the only person on the entire site that has a 1st gen. colt made the same year that I was, in order to do this,1st you've got to be old & 2nd damned lucky to find one.
 

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Did you know Wild Bill Hickok, Bud?!
Matt: You reminded me about this true story,my oldest daughter is 55,when the girls were young they used to like me to tell them stories,I had told her about all the times I used to ride w/Wild Bill Hickock & one time the teacher asked about all the kids dads & what they did & she told everybody how I was gunfighter that rode w/Wild Bill,when my now ex-wife heard about she got mad @ me for telling the girls all my BS stories & made me quit.
 

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Browning used buffalo horn for their A5 shotgun buttplates for many years. There is some type of bug that thinks buffalo horn is about the best thing they can find to eat.

I have posted this VC jungle made pistol previously in the thread on "eye candy", but didn't describe the grips/stocks which are buffalo horn. You can see several holes in the grips where the little critters bored into them.

 

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I've got a 1st gen colt 4 3/4 in .44 spcl. made in '36 I'll bet you'd like to have,before you get your hopes up I've posted on here before that I'm probably the only person on the entire site that has a 1st gen. colt made the same year that I was, in order to do this,1st you've got to be old & 2nd damned lucky to find one.
Jim,

I'm jealous:mad: I do have several German Lugers made in 1936, but they are easy to spot because the date is stamped over the chamber:rolleyes:
 

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Geez Jim, when you told me that story I believed it cuz you said you wuz old enough to ride with Wild Bill.

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Matt: You reminded me about this true story,my oldest daughter is 55,when the girls were young they used to like me to tell them stories,I had told her about all the times I used to ride w/Wild Bill Hickock & one time the teacher asked about all the kids dads & what they did & she told everybody how I was gunfighter that rode w/Wild Bill,when my now ex-wife heard about she got mad @ me for telling the girls all my BS stories & made me quit.
 

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You might find this interesting Johnny;

I found it buy Googling "Buffalo Horn Bug"

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While travelling through Tanzania in November last year, several times I found buffalo horns and skulls lying around in the national parks. This is of course not surprising, what with the large African buffalo population in those parts of Tanzania (in this case, up around the Serengeti). However, there was a big question; on quite a few of the horns, there were insect egg cases, and usually only on the horn and not on the bone of the skull - though I came across one exception, of which the photograph is below, where the insect-egg-cases were also on a small section of the base of the skull, but nowhere else on the bone of the skull.
Soil Tree Geological phenomenon Rock Grass
It looks to me as if the eggs had been laid well after death and skeletonization of the animal, especially in the one case (out of many) where I found the same egg-cases on the base of the skull, but of course I cannot say for sure. I therefore do not think these are normal maggot egg-cases or the like, but I wouldn't have a clue. So I'm asking all of you, entomologists and everyone else, what these damn things are. Help, please!

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A buffalo skull nailed to a tree; this was the one and only example I found, out of many buffalo skulls I saw, where insect egg-cases were also found on the bone of the skull, and not just on a narrow band of horn (i.e. not all over the horn). Note the egg-cases on the bone are confined to a porous small section of the base of the skull:

A close-up photograph I took of such egg-cases; note the quite strengthened bottom of each case, while the top is a much thinner membrane. Come to think of it, it's all very reminiscent of one of the mass "egg" scenes in the Alien movies.
Reptile Adaptation Photography Macro photography


Browning used buffalo horn for their A5 shotgun buttplates for many years. There is some type of bug that thinks buffalo horn is about the best thing they can find to eat.

I have posted this VC jungle made pistol previously in the thread on "eye candy", but didn't describe the grips/stocks which are buffalo horn. You can see several holes in the grips where the little critters bored into them.

 
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