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!