Self-sticking Revolver Grips

As mentioned in the other posts about the grips I was making for “Deep Purple”, my old Herters .44 magnum revolver, the owner of Tombstone grips gave me the idea to use magnets to hold the grips instead of the “normal” one screw attachment system. To be honest, I had considered just epoxying the grips in place, as I figured I would be unlikely to need to remove them on this gun.

At this point in time, I have almost finished this project, using small, but very strong magnets of various sizes and shapes from K&J Magnetics. I need to do a bit more finishing to get them where I want them to be, but today I fired a shot from the old gun – using one of my low powered snake shot loads as a start – to see if this system would indeed hold the grips in place under recoil. With the light force of the snake shot load, the answer was a resounding “yes”! Dave at Tombstone had told me the set he made were held in place so well he had to cut a slot to insert a screwdriver blade in to “pop” them off. I can get mine off with my fingers, if I pull just right, but it is not easy. Easier and quicker than backing out a “normal” grip screw, however.

I really like the no-screw look that results from using magnets to attach the grips, and will be doing this again on the next set I make and fit to a revolver. The cost of the magnets is minimal, especially if the no screw effect is considered. When all the fitting is done, I expect these to hold up easily to magnum recoil!

The magnets seem to be doing a good job of keeping the grips in place on my Herter's .44 magnum - with no grip screws showing!

The magnets seem to be doing a good job of keeping the grips in place on my Herter’s .44 magnum – with no grip screws showing!

The combination of purple heart grips, in hand-rubbed oil finish, and no visible grip screws, give these grips on my Herter's .44 magnum a unique look.

The combination of purple heart grips, in hand-rubbed oil finish, and no visible grip screws, give these grips on my Herter’s .44 magnum a unique look.

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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2 Responses to Self-sticking Revolver Grips

  1. Veronica says:

    You really nailed the Eco Diesel topic!
    A lot of great articles on here, Mike!

  2. MikeH says:

    Thanks, Veronica! And we don’t have to mention that YOU sold me the Eco Diesel (unless someone wants to buy one!).

    Mike

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