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High Polished 715FB 6" With The Coolest Custom Grip
October 28, 2018
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October 28, 2018
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This is what the inside of the frame looked like before starting with it…

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October 28, 2018
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The crane was very rough and showed indiscriminate over sanding and poor finishing. A lot of time was spent rounding and polishing this area…

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October 28, 2018
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Wow! My hat’s off to you. That is a lot of work. I know cause I have done it. Next time I would pay someone else to do it.cool

October 28, 2018
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Nice job!  Looks like a fixed barrel Palmer 715.

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October 28, 2018
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It certainly is slow, tedious work, and normally I would have just left it alone, but it looked unfinished and ugly for such a beautiful weapon…..Maybe a hungover quality controller at Palmer that cold February morning back in ’93 knows more.. I’ve got some 45hrs of sanding, buffing, staring at and detailing this thing. The hours fly when you have fun.  I always wanted to have a distinctive looking fixed-barrel 715. Now I think the 6″ barrel is too long for the grip, so I might have to polish the 5″ or the 4″ fixed barrels…sigh…So many problems! 

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October 28, 2018
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Beautiful gun and work. Nice job.

But no one asked what about those unique grips?

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October 28, 2018
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                                                                               Ah, the grips!  I was fortunate enough to make the one offer the previous owner didn’t refuse. I kinda felt bad for him since he made it clear that he was extremely fond of it, and you can believe that the asking price betrayed real love. He stated that the only reason for selling it was to fund a car repair…..Anyway, to me, the weave pattern looked laser cut until I looked with  a lens. Under magnification it has these uneven, tiny chisel-like marks lining each square. Don’t want to say it’s hand carved because it’s just too intricate to be, I think…..but if the thing was part of a small production run of laser-cut grips or machine produced I’ve never seen another one, or one with this type of weave. Furthermore, up close 20X the work appears to be old…Previous owner had no idea who,how or when it was made. The wave ripples you see in the photos are barely felt on the wood itself when running a finger up and down the design because it’s mostly a visual effect, yet there’s enough of a trough between “waves” to make it look and feel amazing. Best quality pic of detail posted above.IMG_2713.JPGImage Enlarger

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October 29, 2018
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HOLY MOLY! I can appreciate you effort in this. Looks great!

What materials did you use?

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October 29, 2018
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@photohause:  Thanks for the thumbs up! As for materials used, l begin with #1500 sand paper, hand pressing hard over entire surface until scratching is gone. The rough inside of the frame gets #800 and up from there. Then lots of #2000 and 2500 sand paper all over every bit of surface until the reflection of your dirty fingers is good. That’s the onerous part…But then the fun begins when I cut strips of #3000 and #5000 grit PADS and wet polish again by hand in greater detail until reflection is very clear.  You could stop by now, but why? The wife is nowhere near. This next step I’m yet to do.. A 3500+ rpm hard buffer wheel with a Stainless Rouge Cut gives it that deep mirror look, Which only increases the more times the cut is repeated. 

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October 29, 2018
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October 29, 2018
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Pretty nice!

Thanks for the cool-pics

October 31, 2018
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Wow! I had a 1979 BMW R/90 motorcycle for years. I was at a rally and someone polished the entire aluminum engine! Crap, it looked like chrome.

 

 

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October 31, 2018
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I have one of those grips. I have seen them for other brands of revolvers too. They may be stamped in the wood. They are definitely not hand cut. Mine was about 60 on eBay but I recently saw one for sale for $300. I suspect someone took standard grips and applied the pattern. They are identical to early factory smooth targets before the pattern was created. 

October 31, 2018
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Ol’ Dog, I’m beginning to suspect that you’re All Seeing.    Indeed this is the one on EBay, but I didn’t pay anywhere near the $300 bucks, but close to what a Zebra grip would set me back. I like the uniqueness of it. It’s elegant as hell sticking out of a holster.

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November 1, 2018
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Rex Beachmont said
Ol’ Dog, I’m beginning to suspect that you’re All Seeing.

I don’t think there is much Dan related stuff online that gets by Ole Dog …

November 1, 2018
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BBQ Gun!

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December 8, 2018
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The finished gun.

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December 8, 2018
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Very Sweet!!! 

December 9, 2018
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Oh boy that is a thing of beauty. I wish my 740 was as deep and polished as yours!

 

Here I am, taking a break from sanding my fork lowers, aiming to get a mirror polish as well.  It’s only time….right?  😉

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