Horn (elk) 1911 grips

Discussion in '1911 Gear' started by rblondon, Nov 7, 2019.

  1. rblondon

    rblondon Well-Known Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    I have a local maker pushing his grips made from dropped elk antlers here in KY (we have plenty of elk - if you're a hunter, it might be worth a trip). I'm interested on peoples' experiences with horn grips? I've never owned any, but have long admired some of the stag and other types. I would have the option of taking my handgun in and trying the grips for fit/feel. Do horn grips hold up? What's their weak points? Reaction to cleaning solvents?

    Screw/bushing holes are nicely drilled, edges are round (nothing sharp) and they feel to the hand similar to standard 1911 grips as to the swell and feeling in hand.

    Pricing is in the $125-140 range, no more, or less, than many other somewhat exotic grips.

    If you have experiences to share, feel free.
  2. swampgas

    swampgas Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 10, 2019
    I have several sets of stag grips, I like em. They feel good in hand and should last as long as ivory would. If you get some at that price I would be interested in getting a few more sets.
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  3. Bloodhound

    Bloodhound Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2018
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  4. dasroofr

    dasroofr Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2019
    I have a set of Grasshorn stags on my Defender. It is always on my side and has been for a couple years. I see no ill effects. I believe they make very handsome stocks.

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    KILTED COWBOY Active Member

    Nov 6, 2019
    I have stag horn grips on a full size Sig TacOp.
    Looks great, feels nice too.
    Get many compliments.
    Trying to remember who I got them from.
    But all i can remember it was not a good experience, took forever and when they did come in they did not fit right. I spent a day with a dremmel and files to make it good and the supplier did not give a dang.
    But they did turn out nice
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  6. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2013
    He has owed me a set of Giraffe Bone Grips for almost 1 year. (Payed for Dec. 1 2018)
    Back in Feb he gave me an update that he was in and out of the Hospital. Since then not a peep or response to any inquiries.
  7. psafety

    psafety ex Rent-a-Engineer

    Oct 11, 2018
    Giraffe bone appears tough to obtain. I've found a couple suppliers and only one had a couple slabs. I've been dabbling with making a few grips for myself and want to try some other materials.
  8. Bloodhound

    Bloodhound Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2018
    Sorry for your troubles...
    That is unfortunate, there is no excuse for lack of communication in my opinion, however it is good to know these things.
    99% of my business is based off of word of mouth, from friends etc...
    I would advise that anyone interested in that business, read your comment, and make an informed decision.
    Thanks for sharing @tarosean
  9. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned Supporting Addict

    Oct 31, 2016
  10. gwt21974

    gwt21974 Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2019
    I have several sets of Elk Stag grips, and they've all been very durable and feel good in the hand. You may have to change your bushing depending upon how the craftsman drills the holes.

    I use rubber o-rings under the grip (on the bushing) and on the screw shaft. The very thin on-bushing o-rings were found on ETSY.
  11. I Love Guns

    I Love Guns Active Member

    Oct 24, 2019
    Any material like wood or bone is porous and somewhat prone to checks and cracks (and sometimes breakage). What you might consider is going to the expense and effort of sourcing material that has been stabilized by impregnating with clear epoxy resin. No shrinkage, warpage, water or solvent damage, etc., and stabilized material can be thinned quite a bit without losing strength.

    There's a vast selection of stabilized woods for knife scales on FleaBay--I bet you can find someone to stabilize bone and horn grips, too.
  12. Greg Derr

    Greg Derr Custom Pistolsmith Supporting Addict

    Oct 3, 2011
    On the right gun they can look awesome. These are by Scott Kolar.

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  13. psafety

    psafety ex Rent-a-Engineer

    Oct 11, 2018
    Those are nice, so is the unloader ...
  14. Colorado Sonny

    Colorado Sonny Deo Volente Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
    You should apply some Renaissance Wax to your bone, antler and ivory products!

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