View Full Version : Old Colt 32 DA - Lexan Grips?

January 20, 2010, 12:17 AM
I inherited an old revolver labeled 32 Colt DA. The grips are 2 pieces (1 orange base, with clear plastic/ (lexan?) outer panel. My uncle put pin-up girl pics behind each side's inner and outer panels.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

Question for you: Have you seen this type of after market grip before? I've never seen another set of grip panels like them and wondered if anyone on the forum knew how manufactured them (else they were hand made?).

If you are interested, the Colt SN is 222xx

I'm new to the forum, so hope this is the right place to post this question.

Bill DeShivs
January 20, 2010, 12:25 AM
I believe they were home made, rather than production grips.

January 20, 2010, 10:33 AM
Hotchachachacha... You go, Uncle Fred.

January 20, 2010, 10:44 AM
Uncle Fred sure knew what to put his hands around ! ;) :p :p


Al Thompson
January 20, 2010, 10:52 AM
I've seen that before - on a WWII handgun carried by a soldier. The story was that the soldiers would get pieces of Lexan from the airmen and makes grips. The one I saw was a Mauser HsC.


January 20, 2010, 02:22 PM
You go, Uncle Fred! Those are keepers!

Mike Irwin
January 20, 2010, 02:27 PM
I believe that they may well be commercial grips.

I've seen them, or ones like them, before.

There was a company in the late 1940s or 1950s that made them. One of the advances of the post WW II plastics boom.

Oh, and World War II GIs wouldn't be making Lexan grips. Lexan wasn't discovered until 1953, and didn't come on the market commercially until several years later.

Jim Watson
January 20, 2010, 02:49 PM
These sure look like a commercial product with the different color backers.

I have seen a number of GI souvenir pistols with aircraft canopy Lucite grips, carved, sanded, and polished out with toothpaste. Sometimes seen with pictures of pinups or girlfriends, sometimes with nothing. On those, I figure Grandma made Grandpa take out racy pictures or snapshots of previous girlfriends.

Magnum Wheel Man
January 20, 2010, 03:07 PM
what a coincedence... I just saw a Colt 45 Auto "war" gun with them for sale on Gun Broker yesterday... I'll see if I can find a link...

well that wasn't so tough...


January 20, 2010, 09:03 PM
Thanks for the replies. The grips are neat and in nice shape. It's a nice piece with sentimental value mainly. My great uncle was indeed a WWII vet (Seabee) with a forearm tattoo similar to the ol pinup pics! -DB

January 21, 2010, 03:23 AM
Oh, and World War II GIs wouldn't be making Lexan grips.

He probably meant plexiglass.

James K
January 21, 2010, 11:52 PM
Based on my limited experience, the favorite WWII souvenir for such grips was the Radom. I have seen at least 10 Radoms with plexiglas grips, a couple with women's pictures underneath, some with just white paper to look like ivory. One even had pink paper! (No, don't ask!)

The reason is probably that the Radom has a flat frame and making grips was easy, where it would be very difficult with a Luger and impossible with a P.38.


Al Thompson
January 27, 2010, 09:20 PM
He probably meant plexiglass.

Thanks Mike and gyvel. :) I'm not sure I could tell the difference, always good to get educated. :D

Mike Irwin
January 28, 2010, 09:46 AM
"He probably meant plexiglass."

Obviously. It's all clear now.


Eh, you people don't have a sense of humor.