Q. What are the grips made from and how are they made?
A: Our "Classic" Ivory-Like grips are made from polyurethane and are molded and finished by hand. We use a very tough material that gives magnificant detail, looks and feels like the original and has no shrinkage factor.
Our in-house molding process assures that the back of the product as well as the front has no air bubbles. We re-work our molds regularly to insure the finest quality.
Our wood reproduction grips are specified on each item: Walnut, King Cocobolo Rosewood or Goncalo Alves (Tigerwood).
Our new line of Ivory-Lux grips are made of Dupont Corian. Please see the description under Ivory-Lux.
Q: Will my Grips need fitting to my Firearm?
A: We have done everything possible to make our "classic" Fit without any additional fitting. However some of the older Colt Single Actions are oversized and will require additional Fitting. This is common with 1st Generation Colts
Q: What Frame is my Smith and Wesson Revolver Built On?
A:Smith and Wesson Basically has four differnt Frame sizes which the revolvers are built on.
The Smallest of the Frames are "J" frames
The Medium built Frames are the "K" and the "L" Frames. (Both these frames will accept the Same Grips)
The Largest of the Frames is the "N" Frame
With each of these frames Smith and Wesson used two Different Backstraps. These are refered to as "Round" or "Square" Butt.
This can easily be determined by the curvature of the Grip.
The Table Below gives Model Designation for each frame Variation.
|J Frame Round Butt
||J Frame Square Butt
| K & L Frame Round Butt
||K & L Frame Square Butt
|N Frame Round Butt
||N Frame Square Butt
Smith and Wesson Automatics are Built on Two Different Frames
Q: Which Ruger Vaquero do I have?
A: RUGER VAQUERO XR3-RED (1972-2004) was made from 1972-2004. It is refered to as the XR3-RED Model. The model is easily determined as XR3-RED is stamped in the grip frame under the grips. Simply remove the grips to determine if your Model applies.
The Ruger New Vaquero XR3 2005 was introduced in 2005. This model has a backstrap different than the previous two versions. A good way to identify this model is that it has a safety lock.