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May 11, 2009, 12:34 PM
I know there are some of us that make our own grips, so let's see them!

Here's a link to my website for the grips I make: http://brownscustomgrips.webs.com

May 13, 2009, 01:36 PM
I don't make my own grips but I would love to see some pics from guys that do! I hope this thread takes hold. mabey I will take some pics of the custom grips my dad had made for my .44 Smith.

May 14, 2009, 08:18 AM
here are the custom Ivory grips my dad had made. Sorry about the phone picture, I lost my camera a while back.

May 14, 2009, 10:24 AM

VERY nice looking grips. I wish you well!

May 14, 2009, 11:15 AM
Thank you sir. I appreciate that!

July 9, 2009, 09:15 AM
Here are some pictures of a set I just got finished making for a customer.




July 9, 2009, 12:57 PM
Here's the latest two sets that I've finished. If your style is a little on the wild side, these might do the trick for you. The grips are both box elder burl that are pressure injected with acrylic dyes. The purple set is sold. The grips are bobtail cut with bevels on both the bottom edge as well as the bobbed edge. The green and yellow set is a standard set and is for sale.



July 12, 2009, 05:09 PM
all of those are just :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
Im starting to learn the trade, working on my first set that i think ill post when its done. Im going to try checkering them! You guys are truly an inspiration..

December 6, 2009, 04:10 PM
Here's some of my newer ones.

Buckeye burl for officers frame


Spalted maple


English walnut


Fiddleback walnut


December 6, 2009, 04:23 PM
These look like horn.


Great looking grips. Do you checker?

I've toyed with the idea of "grippin'". I don't really have the right tools.


I've also toyed with the idea of stock building, but I haven't gotten up enough nerve to start cuttin'. I had planned to use this chunk for a Ruger #1.


December 6, 2009, 10:52 PM
No, I don't checker. If I offered just plain jane, run of the mill walnut or cocobolo then I might. But checkering the exotic woods that I use would take away from the beauty of the grain.

Grip making isn't that difficult. If you've got a band saw or a scroll saw, some sand paper, and few files, you've got enough equipment to make a set. Stock making on the other hand will be a whole seperate category. I wouldn't have enough patience to make a rifle stock.

December 6, 2009, 11:09 PM
Your work is very nice. I think some of the less figured wood might look good with checkering. The burls and spalts really should be left alone to let the beauty show.

If I ever do make my stock I will have most of the shaping and inletting done by a duplicator, leaving only the final fitting and shaping for me. I'd love to learn how to checker, but I'm not sure I have the patience or understanding to complete a rifle. I have big dreams, but just enough understanding to know what a huge undertaking a hand crafted stock is.

Don P
December 6, 2009, 11:22 PM
Very nice grips:D:D:cool:

December 6, 2009, 11:59 PM
over on the 1911forum.com there is a member, Sarge43 makes some custom 1911 grips for all frame sizes. His website is

He seems to make a great product.

December 12, 2009, 02:41 PM
Here's the addition to my line up. Box elder burl grips with a smokey gray and tan color. The set is finished with 8 coats of tung oil


December 12, 2009, 09:22 PM
Nice thread! :D

I don't actually make the grips myself, but I would like to learn how!
I just do the custom artwork.





December 14, 2009, 09:51 AM
Here's another set of box elder burl finished with 8 coats of tung oil...


December 18, 2009, 08:25 PM
Hey Olympus, those are some pretty snazzy grips you've made. I'm picking up my first 1911 style pistol tomorrow, and when I get new grips, I'm checking your site first.

December 19, 2009, 10:00 AM
Sounds good!

Here's another set from the same batch of wood as the other blue and tan set. This set is PC-style and is finished with 5 coats of high gloss urethane.


December 21, 2009, 08:11 PM
More English walnut PC-style with a bevel bottom finished with 8 coats of tung oil.


Amboyna burl with the traditional cutout for the MSH pin and bevel bottom finished with 8 coats of tung oil. I originally wanted to use a high gloss urethane but the scales are from the sapwood so they didn't want to to take any of the urethane. I had to strip it off and use the tung oil. Not my preferred finish on this type of wood, but it's still nice.


December 21, 2009, 08:27 PM
Beautiful stuff. Got anything that will fit on a Ruger LCP?:eek:

December 23, 2009, 09:41 AM
I've never tried to make a set for an LCP. I imagine there is a bit of inletting to do on the inside of the grip, but I'm not for sure.

December 23, 2009, 05:54 PM
I'm not sure it's possible within reasonable effort. It might be easier to mill the surface of the frame flat, then drill and tap for very shallow screws; but the frame might need that extra material to prevent excess flex.

December 28, 2009, 04:57 PM
Buckeye burl that are PC-style with a bevel bottom.


December 29, 2009, 04:43 PM
Here's a new set of the fiddleback maple. I'm really impressed with how they turned out.


January 4, 2010, 10:13 PM
This is a set of big leaf maple burl. Really a unique wood. It's a good thing that I've got a lot more of it. The flash on my camera makes the finish look like it has little specks in it. The finish is smooth as glass. I'm not a professional photographer.


January 4, 2010, 10:18 PM
Those fiddleback maple grips are incredible. I will be purchasing a pair soon.:D

January 4, 2010, 11:10 PM
Olympus: Beautiful workmanship. Sure wish you made grips like those for a S&W model 39. Been looking forever for something like yours to dress up the ol girl.

January 5, 2010, 08:02 PM
Thanks for the compliments. I can't tell you how many emails I get in a week for people wanting a set for a revolver. I really wish I had the setup to make revolver grips. I know a lot of SASS shooters who beg for a customized set of grips for their single actions. Maybe one of these days I will expand into revolver grips. But I would say it won't be anytime in 2010.

January 7, 2010, 05:48 PM
Here's a new set of some bookmatched claro walnut. This set has some really unique colors and grain patterns. The right piece of walnut can look very classy.


January 9, 2010, 05:10 PM
I haven't made a nice set of spalted maple in while. Here's the newest set you can find on my website...


January 9, 2010, 05:33 PM
the walnut,black horn, black and white ebony, and birdseye maple started as mine, but were refinished and/or checkered by oldmajics


January 9, 2010, 05:50 PM
Olympus - Do you make grips for compact 1911's? Do you make slim models? Thanks

January 9, 2010, 07:41 PM
Sure, I make grips for officers models or ultra carrys. I can do just about anything that is similar to a 1911. Llama frames, Star, Ballestar-Molina, just about anything. And I can make the grips as thin as you want. Some people request thin and don't realize that you have to have thin bushings or adapters on the frame. But I'll make them as thin as a person wants.

January 13, 2010, 12:18 PM
Here's the newest set of fiddleback maple grips. This set is pretty much identical to a factory set. It has the msh pin cut-out and a bevel bottom. These grips really look good on a blued frame. The customer who bought the last set sent me pictures of the grips on his blued frame and it really brings out the contrast between the two. If I had a blued 1911, I'd make a set for myself.


XD Gunner
January 13, 2010, 12:30 PM
Anyway to make a set for a Jericho 941? Haven't received the gun yet, so I'm not sure what exactly it would entail.

January 14, 2010, 08:26 AM
I'd have to see what the inside looked look and how the grips fits onto the frame.

January 15, 2010, 01:39 PM
Amboyna burl grips with the pin cut-out and beveled bottom. They are finished with 10 coats of tung oil Not my preferred finish for this particular wood, but it's what the customer requested.


January 25, 2010, 09:46 PM
Trying something different in the design part. I wanted to try something new around the MSH pin area. I'm calling this the double-bevel cut. It will not work for bobtail frames though. The angle of the cut is different than bobtail frames. We'll see if this new design catches on. If not, the wood is just so pretty that I'll end up putting the grips on my own gun!


January 26, 2010, 05:35 PM
Another set of desert ironwood.


January 30, 2010, 12:17 AM
Really outstanding work. I am starting to make my own grips. Could you tell me the screw hole spacing center-to-center for a Colt Officers 45.
I have the original rubber grips, but using them to determine the spacing is hit or miss since the rubber has too much give.
Thanks for your help.

January 30, 2010, 11:21 PM
Olympus, very beautiful work. I was wondering if you have anything (or could make them) for a Colt Mustang .380? I'll be acquiring one as soon as the tax check gets here and I'm not sure I want the factory grips left on it. It won't be a daily carry weapon so I thought I may dress it up a little. After looking through your website, I'm interested in the Fiddleback Maple and the Bookmatched Desert Ironwood. I think the Fiddleback would look better on the blued gun though. Either way, let me know if you can make a set for this gun and we'll work out the details in the near future. Look forward to hearing from you.

January 31, 2010, 06:21 PM
I have made a set of grips for a Colt Pocketlite, which is somewhat similar to the Mustang and I've also made a set for a Sig P238 which are kind of similar too. Because I rarely receive requests for the Mustang, I don't keep a template on hand for those grips. Shoot me a PM and I will be happy to discuss details with you.

Evyl Robot
February 4, 2010, 03:15 PM
Gorgeous work there, Olympus! I've contemplated doing some custom grips, but so far have only stuck to holsters. Sometimes, there are just too many hats to wear...

February 4, 2010, 08:02 PM
I understand the feeling! It gets addictive...



February 5, 2010, 05:46 AM
ok olympus,im sold! i need a pair for my kimber grand raptor2! im very fond of those new spalted maple ones and i love the grain and color on the ones u say have ur"double bevel cut" what kind of wood is that? and what do u want for both of the ones i hve just mentioned? i can pay asap!

February 5, 2010, 05:52 AM
i love the desert iron wood aswell! i just bought grips online yesterday for my sigp238 and here is the web site i got them off of WWW.CUSTOMIZEDCREATIONZ.COM the grips this guy makes for the p238 would be easy for u to create aswell since there just a 1911 variation. id buy some from u for my p238 if u made some just to have a set from u. i really like ur work and ive allways wanted to make custom grips myself. then again ive allways wanted to do custom engraving aswell lol.

February 5, 2010, 11:48 AM
[email protected]

sent you a PM.

Evyl Robot
February 5, 2010, 02:37 PM
I've got a plank of English yew that I bought for another purpose for which it is not going to work. I'd thought about chopping it up and making 1911 grips...

February 5, 2010, 02:50 PM
Some of the best looking wood comes from unexpected places. The best way to figure out if you're going to like the wood is to cut a small piece and look at the grain. I usually wipe the wood down with mineral spirits. This will give you a better idea of what the wood will look like once you apply a finish. Most woods look plain and dull, but if you wipe them with a little mineral spirits you will see a lot more detail.

Depending on the thickness of the plank, you can usually cut a retangle out and flip it on its edge and resaw it get two pieces.

Be careful, after making that first set it's easy to get addicted.

Evyl Robot
February 5, 2010, 03:24 PM
LOL! I'm sure it is habit-forming! Yeah, this plank is about 1-1/16 thick, so I think that splitting it is the way to go. It's about six inches wide and a little over five feet long, so it would produce quite a few pairs!

February 11, 2010, 09:02 PM
Amboyna burl made for a Star pistol...


February 12, 2010, 04:40 PM

February 13, 2010, 03:06 PM

February 14, 2010, 02:40 PM
Nice stuff!

February 25, 2010, 05:24 PM

February 28, 2010, 02:33 PM
Desert Ironwood


March 24, 2010, 08:13 PM
Desert Ironwood for a full sized frame this time. These grips are unfinished and have been wiped with mineral spirits to show what they will look like when a finish is applied.

http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy151/brownscustomgrips/P3240056.jpg (http://s787.photobucket.com/albums/yy151/brownscustomgrips/?action=view&current=P3240056.jpg)

March 27, 2010, 04:03 PM
Big leaf maple.


March 28, 2010, 02:28 PM
Sure do wish you made them for revolvers! :)

March 28, 2010, 03:13 PM
Olympus: I see you've said you can make grips if their similar to the 1911 style. Can you make grips for S&W Semi-auto's mdl 39 or 59 and Browning Hi-powers. Would a pair of original grips sent to you help in the examination of the possiblility? Love your grips.

March 28, 2010, 03:27 PM
House, those are sweet. Where did your Dad get those made?

March 28, 2010, 08:06 PM
Olympus: I see you've said you can make grips if their similar to the 1911 style. Can you make grips for S&W Semi-auto's mdl 39 or 59 and Browning Hi-powers. Would a pair of original grips sent to you help in the examination of the possiblility? Love your grips.

This is a really tricky area for me. A black or white answer would be that if the insides of the grips have to be inletted or if they fit into slots in the pistol frame, then I will NOT be able to make the grips. I have no equipment to do any kind of inletting. That is one reason why I stick to 1911 grips. They sit flat against the frame and do not require any inletting inside the grips.

The tricky part gets to when I agree to try these things. I personally own a few 1911s so I make sure to fit each set of my grips to a frame. But since I don't own all these different pistols, I can't guarantee an exact fit. Situations in the past have been that I take on these projects and the grips don't exactly fit right or aren't close enough to the originals and people want their money back. So I invest a lot of time and use valuable wood to end up with something that I can't sell or use. It's a loss for everyone. Guns like Llamas, Stars, Ballester Molinas are very close to 1911s. I'm not familar with Hi Powers, MDL 39s, or 59s, so I can't say for certain. A picture of the grips, outside and inside will give me a better idea as to whether I can make a go of them. But the customer has to understand that there can't be a guarantee of fit since I don't own the different model pistols or CNC equipment to give exact replicas.

March 28, 2010, 10:24 PM
Olympus: Fair enough. Couldnt ask for anything better. I'll try to get some pics for ya to look at.

April 1, 2010, 07:05 PM
More desert ironwood wiped with mineral spirits.


This is some stuff I've never worked with before. It's redwood. It was surprising to see all the eyes and the herringbone figure in the wood. It was really, really dry so it took about 12 coats of Tru-Oil.


April 3, 2010, 05:59 PM
Royal blue and cream box elder burl grips.


April 4, 2010, 05:14 PM
Another set of royal blue and cream box elder burl grips.


April 8, 2010, 07:46 PM
Black and gold box elder burl.


April 10, 2010, 06:38 PM
Just some pictures of the desert ironwood grips on my own gun. Thinking about keeping this set for myself. I don't ever get around to putting my grips on a gun, so it gives a different perspective.



May 8, 2010, 11:46 AM
Newest spalted maple...



May 12, 2010, 05:57 PM
Redwood grips for an officer frame:


May 14, 2010, 01:57 PM
Olympus: Sorry I havent sent a pic of the S&W mdl 39 grips. My camera is out of commission. Lost on vacation. Maybe "BillCa" might have a pic and could post a pic for us. Keep up the great work.

May 16, 2010, 09:05 AM
No worries. I understand how it goes.

May 20, 2010, 09:42 PM
My newest box elder burl set...


May 20, 2010, 09:59 PM
Are you just set up to do full-size 1911 grips? I have a Springfield EMP and I've just spent the last half-hour picturing some of your grips on it.

May 21, 2010, 12:42 AM
How 'bout some revolver grips for a change? For a Vaquero? Ebony?

May 21, 2010, 09:29 PM
Scott...PM sent!

Pathfinder...if you've got some revolver grips, I would love to see them. I've made some stuff in ebony before, but it just doesn't seem to be as popular as the other woods.

May 22, 2010, 03:41 PM
More box elder...


May 28, 2010, 02:12 PM

May 29, 2010, 01:24 PM
Box elder burl for a Springfield EMP...


August 20, 2010, 07:09 PM

August 30, 2010, 07:00 PM
I am wanting to up grade to some extra nice wood grips for my Springfield EMP 9mm. So far all I found is Sarge.....thefinergrain. He has some possibilities but nothing is jumping out at me for now . You have any offerings, I saw nothing for the EMP on your website. Thanks John.

August 30, 2010, 07:05 PM
I am wanting to up grade to some extra nice wood grips for my Springfield EMP 9mm. So far all I found is Sarge.....thefinergrain. He has some possibilities but nothing is jumping out at me for now . You have any offerings, I saw nothing for the EMP on your website. Thanks John.

Adam (Olympus) made up some very nice grips for my EMP .40.

August 30, 2010, 07:25 PM
Yeah, I don't get a lot of requests for EMP grips, but I've made a few sets. Because EMP grips are mil-spec and because I don't personally own a EMP, I just ask that customers send me their original grips so that I can make sure the new set matches up. Normally, I fit the grips to my own frames to ensure a 100% fit, but since I don't own a EMP, I'm not able to do that. Thus why I need the original grips. I'd be happy to make a set for you though. Swing by website and contact me through that avenue.

And actually if you look at the green set that is right before this last blue and black set, those are for an EMP.

September 16, 2010, 09:52 PM

September 16, 2010, 11:01 PM
Those are some BEAUTIFUL grips duys! These were found on the Rimfire Central site and are the most unique grips I have ever seen by far!



and these are pretty wild as well!


September 17, 2010, 09:48 PM
The grips on the Ruger are probably the wildest thing I've ever seen!

Seen a lot of intricate grips for the Contender/Encore pistols though.

September 17, 2010, 10:28 PM
Some grips my dad made for a project 1911. Nice figure and some really nice checkering for an amatuer.

September 17, 2010, 11:05 PM
Do you make any slim/slender grips? I have small hands, currently have some Esmeralda slender series grips on my 1911, but as I am about to do a whole bobtail job to it, I figure its time for some new grips.

September 18, 2010, 08:16 AM
For something a little different, I like to take old S&W grips and change them to get new life out of them. Target grips are just a little big for my hands so I look for old targets that are in bad shape and remove the checkering and S&W medallions. I sand them down to the size and shape I want then reset the medallions and finish the grips. This makes them smaller than regular targets but bigger than magnas. Works for me.
This first set is a little extreme but shows how a set can be saved. I picked them up at a gun show for $5 because I saw some nice grain in the wood.
These are some K frame targets that the checkering was worn away on the right panel. On a M15-3.
These are some Sile (spelling?) grips that were for a square butt N frame that I changed to round butt and removed the checkering in order to see the grain better.

September 18, 2010, 11:23 AM
Rob228...PM sent.

September 26, 2010, 10:12 AM
Exhibition Grade Fiddleback Maple


Capt. Charlie
September 26, 2010, 12:54 PM
I've always had a thing for nice looking grips, and there are some really nice ones here.

Here are a few of mine...

Those on the S&W 645 are from Tuscon Custom Grips. These were made specifically to fit my hand. Expensive, and a loooong wait for them, but worth it in the end. On the Model 19 are custom grips by Art Jewel Enterprises. I'm not sure if either are still in business. Rounding out the 3 are Pachmayr American Legends.


The Les Baer is sporting custom presentation grips crafted by gungrips.net . These guys do some really nice work.


And finally, my S&W model 25 is wearing Hogue Customs with rosewood laminate and a walnut butt cap.


October 1, 2010, 10:22 PM
Wicked Grips, Yea they are expensive and have a long wait, but D**N are they sweet.

VCD grips. David Barnes makes these and they are great

October 13, 2010, 08:55 PM


October 16, 2010, 09:28 AM
Exhibition Grade Desert Ironwood


October 17, 2010, 12:17 PM
Box elder burl




October 17, 2010, 07:59 PM
i do believe that if jesus christ had a 1911, it would be sporting your grips, sir. just breathtaking... when i get around to getting a 1911, ill be sure to give you my business!

October 18, 2010, 07:47 PM
Never heard it put quite like that, but I like the way you think! :D

October 24, 2010, 11:13 AM
Box elder burl for an officer frame that are modified for an ambi-safety.


Bill DeShivs
October 24, 2010, 11:21 AM
Here's some that I made.



I make bigger ones, too-just no handy pictures.

Bill DeShivs
October 24, 2010, 11:28 AM
A few more.
Cow horn-


Girraffe bone-


The Charter grips are made from factory "Bulldog" grips.


October 24, 2010, 07:40 PM
Is that real abolone? They look really nice.

November 19, 2010, 08:53 AM
I'll through my latest set into the mix. More box elder burl for an officer frame.


November 19, 2010, 02:06 PM
And other set of desert ironwood...


November 29, 2010, 08:19 PM
Another set of box elder burl for an officer frame...


December 1, 2010, 09:54 PM
Desert Ironwood


December 4, 2010, 05:00 AM
Nice thread there are some great grips posted here.

December 4, 2010, 01:42 PM
My personal favorite wood, amboyna burl!


December 12, 2010, 03:48 PM
Exhibition grade desert ironwood


December 24, 2010, 05:53 PM
Box elder burl



December 24, 2010, 10:02 PM
Customer photos...





January 5, 2011, 08:22 PM
Redwood burl


January 8, 2011, 05:17 PM
Buckeye burl


January 8, 2011, 07:44 PM
Exhibition Grade Fiddleback Maple from Olympus, on my STI Ranger II.


January 8, 2011, 08:01 PM
Horned lizard grips from Larry Davidson.


Custom grip request made by Esmeralda.



January 8, 2011, 10:25 PM
Exhibition Grade Fiddleback Maple from Olympus, on my STI Ranger II.

Those seriously look awesome! Love the contrast against the black frame.

January 9, 2011, 01:02 AM
I was pleasantly surprised at the nice contrast when I put them on the Ranger. I actually ordered them based only on the nice figure and without knowing what pistol I was going to put them on, but since I seem to be accumulating 1911s I figured they'd find a good home at some point.

It's not the world's greatest picture, but if you would like to use it as one of your customer photos feel free.

I think I'll be ordering a box elder burl set next. Already sent you an email.

Bud Helms
January 9, 2011, 08:24 AM
Some beautiful grips in this thread.

It strikes me that this thread has turned into what we call a commercial thread, as opposed to a discussion thread.

Look for Olympus' goods in the Buy, Sell and Trade: Holsters, Gear and Accessories (http://thefiringline.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=17) forum.