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#202802 - 10/21/19 02:22 PM OM Super Blackhawk make over
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While being off here lately, I've had the opportunity to do some things I don't normally have time to do: work up loads; fire lapping on some revolvers; shooting; posting on forums and tinkering on guns, just to name a few. A while back I purchased a Ruger Old Army with a brass gripframe with the intent to swap out the gripframe with my OM Super Blackhawk. Last week I had the chance to get to work on it. I hand fitted the grip frame to the Super and decided to build some custom grips while I was at it. I want to work on it then, while I could, and only had one piece of wood laying around that was big enough to get two grip panels from - so I run with it. It is not a bookmatch set, but turned out ok, considering what I had on hand that would work. So, I went to work with a piece of desert ironwood I had laying around. This is the outcome...






I made the panels thicker than factory offerings, more along the thickness of Freedom Arms M83 grips and it made a world of difference on feel, felt recoil and shootability.

Next upgrades on this revolver will be a CCH frame, custom pinned front sight, custom rear sight, and barrel/cylinder re-blue. But for now, it's ready to hunt.
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#202803 - 10/21/19 02:31 PM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: KRal]
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No matter Book match or not those grips look awesome. Your talent shines again Sir. Job well done.

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#202811 - 10/21/19 06:52 PM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: cherokeetracker]
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It looks awesome to me!
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#202812 - 10/21/19 07:11 PM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: reflex264]
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Gorgeous Kim!

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#202815 - 10/21/19 07:37 PM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: wheelguns]
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Looks fantastic , beautiful job!

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#202816 - 10/21/19 07:37 PM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: wheelguns]
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Absolutely stunning! Would you be willing to build some grips for a FA 83?

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#202817 - 10/21/19 07:38 PM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: Pa. Mike]
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Absolutely beautiful. Nicely done.

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#202818 - 10/21/19 07:48 PM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: Willicd76]
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 Originally Posted By: Willicd76
Absolutely stunning! Would you be willing to build some grips for a FA 83?


Hmmm....don?t know if I want to get into grips at the moment - kinda got my plate full now. I?m over two year backlog on knife builds

If the knife business ever goes south, I?ll probably roll over to grips.
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#202822 - 10/21/19 09:12 PM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: KRal]
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Ok. Never hurts to ask....

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#202832 - 10/21/19 10:15 PM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: Willicd76]
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Beautiful grips Kim.
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#202853 - 10/22/19 12:36 PM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: junebug]
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She looks great...Knife making agrees with you....
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#202856 - 10/22/19 12:42 PM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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Very nice job! Those grips are beautiful!!!
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#203626 - 11/21/19 07:19 AM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: REDHAWK1954]
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very nice!

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#203627 - 11/21/19 07:20 AM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: dave thomas]
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two year backlog, thats a good problem to have

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#203636 - 11/21/19 10:09 AM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: KRal]
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Quite pretty!
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#203640 - 11/21/19 11:28 AM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: junebug]
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Beautiful! You might fart around and become a gripmaker.
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#203641 - 11/21/19 12:19 PM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: Craig44]
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Thanks, gents!

 Originally Posted By: Craig44
Beautiful! You might fart around and become a gripmaker.
\:D


I guess if I fell on hard time I could get into that. I do enjoy such. As far as being profitable, the gain would be way more building grips vs knives...they go for about the same price range; they take the same equipment to build; have about the same demand; but grips can be complete in 1/3 the time invested in a knife. Obviously, I don?t build knives to get rich - just enjoy it and like providing a custom option for the average hunter.
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#203642 - 11/21/19 01:08 PM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: KRal]
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You'll get my money either way.
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#203725 - 11/24/19 09:28 AM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: Craig44]
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Sweet
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#203727 - 11/24/19 12:14 PM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: bluecow]
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That?s for the kudos, gents!
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#203948 - 12/01/19 02:31 PM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: KRal]
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Looks good to me.
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#203959 - 12/01/19 09:16 PM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: BRASF0311]
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Looks good Kim

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#204193 - 12/12/19 02:03 PM Re: OM Super Blackhawk make over [Re: racksmasher1]
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Looks awesome!

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