Making Replica Pistol Grips
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.40 Cal Beretta Model 96
This is the gun as I got it. Original grips are a polymer (plastic) of some sort. Grips are very thin with lots of cut outs/relief details on the inside.
Picture of the original grips removed from the gun. Been used a lot!
This is the inside of the left grip showing details of the cut-outs on the inside. On the left is the walnut blank with some milling work done and drawings of the work to be done.
I use an end mill bit in my drill press with an X-Y positioning vise to do the mill work. Accuracy is only about ± 5 mils on dimensions. I rely on hand tools and files for finished dimensions.
Right Grip Done
This shows the finished right hand grip finished and mounted on gun. Left grip is shown with walnut blank.
Left grip finished with Tru-Oil and mounted on gun.
Right grip also finished with Tru-Oil and mounted on gun.