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Use a small wood screw to attach the grip to the edge of a narrow piece of wood, which may be held in the vise.

After shaping, sand the grips, smooth, then wet them and sand off the ''whiskers" as described in instructions for finishing stocks in Chapter 13, after which they may be oiled and checked, carved or otherwise decorated. (See Chapter 12.)

-Figure 205 shows a pair of "free pistol" style grips made for a .38 Colt Military Model automatic. Here is an excellent cartridge, but with one of the most poorly designed guns ever made from a

Fig. 205

standpoint of hang and balance. The new grips, while cf course not changing the angle of th* grip, greatly improved its hang and handling qualities by changing the position of the shooter's hand, and providing a firmer hold.

A friend of mine showed me a pair of smooth walnut stocks he had made for a S. A. Colt. He told the gunsmith who made them that he wanted no checking or carving, wanted a smooth finish, yrt one that would not slip in the hand. The gunsmith finished the grips with orange shellac, into which he mixed a little finely powdered pumice. The grips had a very brilliant finish which showed off the beautiful grain to perfection, yet one could have struck matches on them if necessary 1

This same party was troubled by frequent misfires in his favorite pocket weapon—a Remington double derringer- He has corrected this fjult by taking the hammer to a brazing shop, where a good sised gob of phosphor bronze was melted onto the hammer spur, then rounded off and filed smooth. It now makes little difference how old or stale the .41 rim fire cartridges—when this hammer is driven down by the main-spring, assisted by the weight of that chunk of bronze, things happen I

Getting back to grips, the space back of the trigger guard, between

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