Privates Custom Grips For Ruger Single Actions

Spaulted Maple tends to impressive figuring and attractive (and varied) coloration in a grip.

Spaulted Maple tends to impressive figuring and attractive (and varied) coloration in a grip.

To feed my addiction to custom wood grips, I asked Carl, of Privates Custom Grips (www.privatescustomgrips.com) make me two pair for my Ruger New Model Blackhawk .45LC – one of Mesquite for those hunting trips to South Texas, and other of Spaulted Maple, for Sunday-go-to-church carry. Spaulting is a process where the wood is allowed to almost begin decomposition, then stabilized by infusion of an epoxy resin. This results in some very interesting patterns in the wood, as well as making it very strong and long wearing.

These grips are Spaulted Maple

These grips are Spaulted Maple

Mesquite, of course, is as tough and long lasting as anything else from South Texas, and can also be a very beautiful wood. The grain tends to be straight, but when it does have patterns, they are nice ones.

These Mesquite grips by Privates are a good set for a hunting revolver.

These Mesquite grips by Privates are a good set for a hunting revolver.

It is rare to get a really well figured piece of Mesquite suitable for revolver grips,. but when you do get figure, it can be impressive. More normal with Mesquite is a straight line grain noted for strength and durability.

It is rare to get a really well figured piece of Mesquite suitable for revolver grips,. but when you do get figure, it can be impressive. More normal with Mesquite is a straight line grain noted for strength and durability.

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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One Response to Privates Custom Grips For Ruger Single Actions

  1. MikeH says:

    Thank you very much for the kind comment.

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