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So after reading this post below about weights and balance ..I tended to agree
http://www.hipointfirearmsforums.com/Forum/index.php/topic,15580.0.html

Well, by trade I am a mason, in school I majored in art for 4 yeas blah blah ect ect..and have been know to be Macgyvers odd cousin and for about two years ran my own custom carbon fiber parts biz...so I got to thinking..wood is being perfected by members already so what about some nice carbon fiber grips :p But decided naww not right now...though...I always loved pearl handled grips so I got to thinking what would give me a similar result and give me something not too hard to do :)...

So I settled on soapstone grips :p I grabbed a rather large piece below and started ..then stopped lol...I though the piece was not the grade I was looking for....so I went and got some better grade that was more for sculpting :)

I accessed the grips detail needed both inside and out and it is very feasible for me to do with some of the experience i have and all by hand tooling, no dremels . I do understand the impacts and pressures they may see and have thought ahead about that also and have a solution to remedy it ;) ...so wish me luck on my poor mans jade colored polished grips :) I am starting tonight and should have them done by Monday'ish :p

I wish I could take better pics to really show the awesome color these have in person but they will gleam when I am finished :)

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this one below is the block I scrapped..just was not a decent grade to work with
 

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yeah! I'd love to see those when they're done.
 

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Now we can actually tell everyone that Hi-Point has STONES!!! :D :D :D
 

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Won't those be incredibly heavy? My experience with solid surface materials has always been that they are extremely heavy.
 

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Wow! That looks awesome! I don't know anything about the material you're using so I will ask a couple of stupid questions: Is that stone a little brittle? Will you be able to tighten the screws enough to keep it from cracking? :embarrassed2:

You are quite the artist - you've even included the finger grooves. That's just plain cool!
 

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and the other side complete :)





To answer the Villa Questions ..I have a few tricks up my sleeve for the other side to maintain them from cracking as well as an entirely different screw to hold them firmly in place accompanied with a 1mm rubber washer :)

And just a side note ..lol it is officially Balanced now lmao

That material in not brittle...it is soft though which is why I chose it... it will flex before breaking. I will not get to the hardware I am adding for mounting until maybe Monday to allow some drying time to what I applied to the backside as an edge gasket :p.

lol and for some artistic flair...

 

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Oh, I saw that on The Firing Line, and posted it in the Pistols section, before I saw this.

Very nice! You're a brave man to post something about an HP on The Firing Line! They're merciless over there! But the grips look great!
 

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Dude thats sweet !!!!!! I do granite and and have been wanting to cut out some grips on my waterjet but just havent had any time. I was thinking aobut using Crema bordeaux or Jup. florence. Dude those look sweet !!!!!
 

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I can't help but think, that this is kind of like putting 24's on a pinto.
Bob Glidden put 24's on a pinto and won three national championships, go figure....
 

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Dammit! I've been offline all week and thinking about doing pearl grips or at least painting pearl grips. It was the one thing I hadn't seen yet. ...yet..... Now I have. They look great! I'm jealous. I would love to have a pair of grips in pearl. I'm not so skilled in the way of stoneworking though and don't know anyone who is. I will be planning on painting mine with automotive paint to try to accomplish the look, hopefully soon. Great job though.
 

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Wow! Those are fantastic. Great presentation grips. I would not risk shooting with them after all that work. They might crack on you. How many hours have you got vested in those.
 

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vintage- Thank you .. don't let me deter you lol...granite would be hot :)

Super_Virgil- I held off on putting the spinners on :p

javelina80- naww people would be better off being creative and making their own :p I think it was mentioned by someone else also that to sell them the price would have to equal out the time involved..and at least for me, I have no way to mass produce them to save time. THOUGH...I would be happy to trade sets for things I may need that someone may have they do not need :)

noname hell yeah brother..paint a set up ...:) they will weigh about 7/8th less then these do lol

magnut I agree on the presentation grips aspect. Though I did make them range able :) Hrmm how many hours ..I started them Friday night around 6pm and had the second side done this afternoon. I did sleep some though :)


And everyone else Thank you very much for the compliments ..:)
 

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Just need to engrave Stone Cold on the slide now and you're set. Oh, and maybe have that ouc engraved into the grip.

Really nice work.
 
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