The following Style Guide is meant to help describe some of the features available for your custom carved grips. Each description is accompanied by a photo that represents a possible grip style, wood choice, and feature. For the cost of applying these specific styles and features shown below, see the Pricing section. Please note that variations on all of these styles and features can be made, but will be quoted on an individual basis (see the Gallery section for examples of wood, checkering, finish and other features).
This style is most easily recognized by the distinctive ribbon pattern checkering. The overall form is more slender, combining a comfortable palm swell with a graceful flair at the grip base.
The most easily recognized feature of the Kearsarge Style is the acorn leaf pattern, which is carved in relief; this is used in place of checkering. This pattern creates a surface that is more easily gripped, and it is intended to fall beneath the fingers and palm. It is a fine choice for handguns with heavy recoil. Original Kearsarge Style grips are usually quite slim and straight in profile.
This grip style covers only the sides of the frame. It leaves exposed the stock circle at the top of the grip. The Service Style grips can be smooth or checkered, depending on the era. They also can feature a dished or convex top, and may feature medallions.
In this style, the wood now covers all the area from the side of the frame to the top of the back strap. The grip is also fuller in circumference (but still only covers the frame sides). Pre-war will have a larger checkering field, and Post-war will have a smaller checkering field. Depending on the era, the overall contour will change sightly.
This style adds wood below and behind the trigger guard; it also covers the front strap and bottom of the frame.
This style is intended for use with mechanical speed-loaders.
This style is intended to aid in hand-loading individual cartridges.
This style has no loading relief.
This stylish feature showcases a piece of Ebony in a diamond-shape that is inlaid into the wood form.
This type of checkering has sixteen lines per inch.
This type of checkering has twenty lines per inch.
(Standard Grade Walnut shown here)
(Exhibition Grade Black Walnut shown here)
Top: .500 diameter flat silver colored. (correct for some Pre-war service grips and Pre-war Magna grips).
Right: Cast Silver copy of Pre-war .500 diameter flat silver (Not currently available).
Bottom Right: .400 diameter Post-war. This has a curved face to better match the stock surface.
Bottom Left: .400 diameter flat silver colored (the correct period is from about 1929 to 1941 in K-frame stocks).
Left: .500 diameter dished brass colored. These were used from approximately 1909 to 1920. It can be modified by trimming off the rim and nickle plating. If this is done, the installed medallions will appear the same as the .500 pre-war flat medallion. This is a nice alternative when looking for a set of medallions to be used in a set or Pre-war Magna style grips.
In regards to the Grip Style, after market stocks over the years might have featured any of the above types of relief or a wide variety of variations. These were all designed to help with loading and unloading. I can replicate any of the standard styles or a more radical relief depending on your needs.
Please note that in regards to the checkering lpi (lines per inch), I can checker a range of lpi (18-24). However, my standard is 20 lpi on Ropers.
Please be aware that the photos of the wood types shown above should be used as reference only. Each piece of wood is unique, and there is always variation from piece to piece (in color, figure, etc). Please reference the Gallery for more examples of wood types.
My preference on Roper and Kearsarge style grips is to gently relieve the area at the top of the left grip panel to aid in loading single cartridges. This style is period-correct for the Roper and Kearsarge grips since speed loaders (although they existed in early form) were not commonly used at the time. However, I will make the grips to whatever design the customer prefers.
*The period-correct medallions can be difficult to locate, so I ask that the customer supply them.