Get a Grip. Or Not.

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Although Eagle Grips’ Art Jewel Collection has been on the NRA’s radar since May 2011, americanfirefleman.com just published a paean to the plastic fantastic handgun handles. “Hand cut and polished from costly resin, the marbleized stocks are available in green, blue, yellow and red and are individually cut, shaped, and polished. In addition to the extremes of rosewood and Kirinite, and depending upon make and model of handgun, Eagle Grips are currently available in elk horn, elephant ivory, Ultra-Ivory (a synthetic featuring an ivory-like grain), Ultra Pearl and Ultra Pearl Black (using a proprietary acrylic that does away with the perplexing real pearl problem of chipping), Indian Ebony, and America’s last remaining supply of genuine Sambar stag.” I’m not feeling it. You?

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  1. avatar brigo50 says:

    only if i get to hold my gat sideways and shoot aimlessly with my choice color of bandana on my head.

  2. avatar brigo50 says:

    well, the plastic swirly colored ones anyways, the wood ones dont seem too bad. decent checkering at least.

    1. avatar ksgunsmith says:

      you might want to look closely at that checkering. Lots of flat points, uneven rows, rough borders, etc. Even the finish on their uncheckered grips is poor, I saw better finishes on wood at gunsmithing school from 1st timers.

  3. avatar Aharon says:

    Thanks for letting us know about this company. They do need to have someone who knows what they are doing fix up the navigation and presentation of their online featured products.

  4. avatar Ralph says:

    Hand cut and polished from costly resin? Costly compard to what — exotic plastics? Rare epoxy? Whoever wrote “costly resin” is a marketing comedian extraordinaire.

  5. avatar Jason says:

    The more attractive a gun is to its owner, the more likely they are to carry it. The more likely they are to carry it, the safer I am. Eagle makes quality grips, at a reasonable price. I prefer the walnut, but if fake pearl does it for someone else, I’m glad they make it.

  6. avatar Greg Camp says:

    Marbleized stocks? Are we talking steak? Has Lady Gaga gone into making grips?

  7. avatar Gyufygy says:

    I’ve actually been thinking about this as I’ve been looking into purchasing a handgun, but I have to wonder if some of the weirder looking grips or slide colorations might help with concealment.

    Back-asswards seeming, yes, an affront to JMB, yes, but when we think of a handgun, it generally includes stainless or blued steel, wood grips perhaps, or efficient black polymer. Those are part of the gun stereotype. Throwing that off with tie-dye grips or a purple-coated slide on a Glock (saw one yesterday at my LGS) might be unusual enough to keep people from recognizing it as a gun if seen quickly, such as when bending over and accidentally flashing your IWB-holstered handgun.

    No, I’m sure as hell not going to rely on it for now, but it might be an interesting psych experiment with applications for Concealed Carry.

    1. avatar virtualjohn says:

      There might be something to your idea. Dazzle camouflage was used widely on ships in WWI and lasted into WWII. The purpose being to confuse rather than to conceal; make it harder to judge speed, size, direction, range, etc.
      We all use paradigms to help us identify things in our environment and unexpected colors for objects we expect to be a certain color would certainly slow or confuse the brain’s processing or identifying the object.

  8. avatar DJ says:

    “Only a pimp from a cheap New Orleans whorehouse would carry a pearl-handled pistol.” GEN George S. Patton

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