Ahrends S&W, K/L Frame, SQ Butt, Moradillo - RETRO COMBAT - OILED
Ahrends Retro Combat grips for K or L Frame S&W Revolvers offers a classic look and a positive finger groove grip for maximum control. Cut from beautiful Moradillo wood and finished in a gorgeous hand rubbed oil finish. Square butt.
Feb 13, 2019
Having refinished other gun grips and stocks using Tung Oil, I knew that while easy and foolproof, it did take some time. My method is to apply a 50/50 blend of mineral spirits/Pure Ting Oil (GET THE REAL TUNG OIL, NOT Tung Oil finish!) Anyway, I pretty much expected these grips to not have the best Tung oil finish because doing it "right" takes a great many applications, over several days. And, I assume that the folks as Ahrends couldn't devote that much time into their grips. But I wanted the Tung Oil finish anyway as I prefer it to polyurethane. A good Tung Oil finish is hard to beat for really making the figure and grain POP! I assumed the grips would still need a little more oil applied, and I have plenty of Pure Tung Oil (Buy it from real milk paint). Sure enough, the grips came in and they fit with a tight perfect fit on the gun. But, also sure enough, the wood was still very thirsty and a little dull. No matter, I started by applying the oil/MS mixture as soon as I got them. Then, checking on them about once per hour I could see where the wood had soaked up the oil, so I'd reapply more. And on and on it went until the wood stopped absorbing the Tung Oil anymore. Then, I let it rest for a day or so, then came back and gave it a good rubbing out with a soft cotton cloth to remove any remaining excess. I put them on the gun after that and WOW, just WOW! Much, much better look! Sort of like a fine English hunting rifle with the matte hand rubbed oil finish. The great thing about Tung oil is that it's IN the wood, not just laying on the surface. It's also VERY easy to repair if the grips get scratched or damaged. Can't really say that about more modern surface finishes. Don't get me wrong, the grips were nice as they came. It's just that my experience with wood finishing told me that they could much nicer looking with just a bit of time. Tung Oil is simple. Pretty much idiot proof. And while it takes mere minutes per application, it does take several days to apply the needed coats. Two or three coats after work in the evening, then another before going to work the next morning. Repeat until the wood doesn't soak the oil up as readily. And, I knew from experience that it was MUCH easier to add more oil to the grips that were already finished in Tung Oil as opposed to grips that were already coated in plastic
All in all, these are AWESOME grips as they come. And can be a lot nicer looking if you don't mind spending just a few minutes a day for 3-5 days.
Shipping from Topgunsupply was very speedy too! I'd do business with them again anytime.