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Roy Fishpaw?

I've always wanted a pair since I read about them as a kid in the gun rags. Never could afford them...can't/won't spend the $ on a pair of Rob Rowen's now. Nice as they are. Both makers have done some amazing hand gun grips.

Lets see your Rowen and Fishpaw grips??!!!



I was lucky enough to pick up a 2nd Gen today that came with a pair of Fishpaw's Dall Sheep grips numbered to the gun. Figuring what a new pair of Dall Sheep grips would cost, I am into the Colt about $500. :rolleyes: Can't think of a better place for Roy Fishpaw's work than on a decent 2nd Gen. that gets carried and shot.


 

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Just a couple questions, I've never seen the likes. On the bottom , how thick would you guess ? And with some rough handling , say dropping or heavy bump would the horn splinter or raise up like hairs ?
Those are very nice . I can appreciate the curve on the bottom of the frame going on the radius they do compared to some I've seen that have a slight upward action. Nice score.
 

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By the time I was able to afford them, Fishpaw wasn't taking new orders. However, while he is not cheap, Rowen has to be the best gripmaker currently in practice. I have three sets he's worked his magic on with more certainly in the future. Rob is also a great guy and a pleasure to deal with.

Ivories with a blind screw on a Ruger .44Spl:





He refitted the ivory on my engraved Open Top.



Bighorn sheep on an FA .454.



Dall sheep on a custom Ruger .44Mag.



I've also made him a few holsters for his customs.



 

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Roy Fishpaw used to stop by my tables at local gun shows to talk about guns and grips. He was quite the conversationalist. He once offered to 'put me at the top of his custom grip list' if I would give him a much better price on an 1877 Colt I had for sale.
 

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>Nice score.

Was for me :) Never bought a gun just to get the grips before!

Grips are just under 1/2" thick at the base.
 

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I should have said - never have seen in person (internet and all). I can understand buying a hand gun for the grips, great looking ones you ended up with.
 

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These are a pair from Big Horn sheep (at least that is what I think they are) I've been shooting for a couple of years now. No durability issues so far. No clue who made them. Even the spacer is made of the same horn. Durable? I have yet to drop them on anything harder than my bed :)

 

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The quality of work of people like Rowen (and I will include Persinger) is mostly under-appreciated in the mass market. I see many examples of custom grips posted on this board that are of serviceable quality (some not so much) and the owner is happy. I own such examples and, for the money, I can be happy.

But, it is nice to see examples of true craftsmanship that one cannot think how it could be improved.
 

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sixguns said:
The quality of work of people like Rowen (and I will include Persinger) is mostly under-appreciated.....
But, it is nice to see examples of true craftsmanship that one cannot think how it could be improved.
I agree with your entire comment.
 

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The quality of work of people like Rowen (and I will include Persinger) is mostly under-appreciated in the mass market. I see many examples of custom grips posted on this board that are of serviceable quality (some not so much) and the owner is happy. I own such examples and, for the money, I can be happy.

But, it is nice to see examples of true craftsmanship that one cannot think how it could be improved.
I completely agree. I’ve contacted Rob and he has set aside some blanks for me but he is so busy he can’t take my guns for almost two years. I’m hoping he contacts me sooner to say he is ready to start my project. Although, I still need to find and purchase one of the guns I’m going to send him. I have my eye on one right now but it is a tad overpriced. I may still buy it but I’m on the fence at the moment. I’m also going to send both pistols to Jim Martin, if he wants to do this, and have him work his magic on them. I haven’t contacted Jim yet though... figured I would wait until I actually have both guns.

I should have two really nice shooters when all is said and done.
 

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Funny..I decided I need to rethink my purchases when I started buying guns to go with grip material I have stashed away. It is a rather recent affliction for me with likely no simple cure. Obviously the same is spreading through our small community :)
 

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Funny..I decided I need to rethink my purchases when I started buying guns to go with grip material I have stashed away. It is a rather recent affliction for me with likely no simple cure. Obviously the same is spreading through our small community :)
I'm not a fan of the plastic eagle stocks these guns come fitted with. All of my late 3rd gen guns have them and while they serve the purpose they don't really enhance the guns at all. I think fancy hardwood grips look so much better.

I have a really nice third gen blue/case hardened gun with 5 1/2" barrel and I'm looking for another one to match to make a pair. Obviously, they won't be consecutive serial numbered but they should handle similarly after I get the grips made and the actions tuned.

I'll admit, I was inspired by this thread and hope to have a set of grips made that are very similar to these for my guns. I prefer the 5 1/2" barrel length to the 4 3/4" though.

For me, it's not about the money. I know I'll have way more invested in these pistols than they are worth but I don't care. It is about creating something unique and beautiful that I can enjoy and pass down to my son someday.

https://www.coltforum.com/forums/single-action-army/360955-promised-my-fleur-de-lis-grips.html
 

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This thread got me thinking about what I have. And as it turns out, not one of my colts has the black plastic grips anymore. Only two have factory grips, and that's a peacemaker centennial I recently acquired, and a third gen from the custom shop that did a reproduction of the original cavalry colts with cartouche walnuts (and really poorly fitted I might add). Everything else has stag, ivory, or some other cool material or look
 
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