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Old 12-13-2006, 11:05 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I think that mag owners really like their guns, and have a limited number of ways to make them pretty.
That's my problem. I got a Dye barrel, a Palmer's Stab and Smart Parts grips. What more do I need? The gun runs good and hits what I shoot at.

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Old 12-13-2006, 11:25 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I think that mag owners really like their guns, and have a limited number of ways to make them pretty.
there is a certain elegance to devices where form follows function . . . why worry about 'pretty' when it works so well?

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Old 12-13-2006, 01:47 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Those wood grips ARE functional. They're probably the single most comfortable grips I've ever used.
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Old 12-13-2006, 02:17 PM   #14 (permalink)
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To answer the question:
SP was the #1 seller for wood grips, and for most of the 90s, the Automag was the SP "gun of choice", until the Shocker.

The Mag took up most of the space in the SP catalogs, and the SP factory team (AA) used them exclusivly. There were even special SP models of the Mag.

So, as you would expect, they slapped on there Mags with all the options they sell (ie grips, barrels, smartvalves, etc).

SP was, oddly, very anti-cocker in the early 90s. Though, VM68s are also common with SP grips, and.... as you might guess, they pushed the VM68 heavily also. (AAs used them before Mags).

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Old 12-13-2006, 07:14 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Hello all, I recently started making wood grips, altho, not at the level that Shartley does. I did it mainly for myself, to make a set for an Xmag that I have. I decided that I would offer to make them for others. I did this with my eyes open and I know that I wont ever sell that many, there is just not that big of a market out there for them. The wood grips are not something that appeals to everybody and they never will. I am just offering another option for people to consider. My business plan is not aimed at domination of the grip market, heck, I dont have a business plan, I have a hobby. As for the Mag owners liking their gun, lots of them are pretty passionate about them and take great pride in making them unique and one of a kind. There is a pretty good customizing market for them and you are mostly limited only by your imagination. Some are "pretty". Some are not, they follow the "form and function". They are, however, a gun that that has made a tremendous impact on the paintball market, but have fallen from favor for the mainstream players. That is one of the reasons that I like them, they are the underdog and are always underestimated. Anyway, wood grips add a touch of personalization that is just another way for us to express our personalities. And, I just like the look of wood on a gun.
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$10? If only some were available for that price now.

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Old 12-13-2006, 08:17 PM   #17 (permalink)
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SP grips were rebaged grips from another company,( some colors were spefic to SP) the 45 grips are still on the market from the original maker.
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the 45 grips are still on the market from the original maker.
Where can we find them?
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Old 12-14-2006, 09:10 PM   #19 (permalink)
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i've got 'em on all 3 of my mag's , love the feel of them . They have been going for about 20$ on the bay of late
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I've got 4 sets of the grips, 3 in the single hole mag style, one in 45. each in a different color, Rosewood, Green, Purple (although it's more black than anything) and the 45's are in camo. For Looks, they are great and do lend a certain custom look to an otherwise "ordinary" looking gun.

they ARE the most comfortable grips I've handled... although I can't say that on the 45's but I attribute that to the gun it's on. It's on a Zeus pistol, and the grips are set up for a double trigger frame, and the Zeus has a single trigger, so theres a little discrepancy there comfort-wise for the index finger, and I hate to try and find a double trigger frame for a pistol.
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