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$89.00 is a lot?? You have a $2500 gun so I don't think $89 is a lot. It's a business, they have cost too. Machine and set up and everything else has to get paid AND it's not like there are 20,000 guns out there that all need grips, lol. At least not yet. Machines also mean that the grips are made perfect and no opps let me cover that up thing.
Yeah, handmade may look better but they are going to be more than that for sure I think. What was William selling his for? He had some nice ones!
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The smooth AMP grips are $300! The AM III grips are over $120 and, yes, $89 is too much for what they are. I'd much rather pay William for his work!
That co. can make their money on other grips for more common guns, but please dont take advantage of the rest of us!
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Remember, CNC is cheap when you make things by the zillions, but it is relatively expensive if your quantities are low. A lot of programming time goes into the front end, and then you add in the cost of materials, and skilled labor to run the machine. I don't think there has been a huge stampede of people rushing out to buy these things, so it will likely take a very long time (years) to amortize the investment. I don't know anything about that business, but it's almost certain that the AM grips are a money-losing proposition, paid for by the profits generated from selling mass-market grips to other people, in quantity. 

I am grateful that any business  (especially Starline) makes anything for us at all. For sure its driven more by passion than by business sense. I'm sad that we have been all but abandoned by RCBS of late, and am glad that I hoarded die sets even before I bought my first Auto Mag. 

One has to wonder if the industry will take notice and start introducing accessories if Patrick ever gets the new Auto Mag project off the ground?


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FWIW I fired the 357 Auto Mag with the Grips4U grips for the first time today, and was surprised at how much better it felt than my other Auto Mag which still wears its original El Monte grips. 

The stock ones make the gun have a relatively square, or rather rectangular profile, akin to holding a 1x2 block in your hand. By contrast, these wood grips give the gun a more oval grip profile. Close examination reveals that both the forward and aft edges of the wood grips are much more tapered than the original grips. The overall size of the grip is probably reduced very slightly too. 

Perhaps because of this, the recoil impulse felt smaller, even though this gun is marginally lighter than my other one when it is fitted with the 8.5-inch 357 barrel. 

I’m seriously considering getting another set for my first Auto Mag now. It would definitely be $89 well-spent. 
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Originally posted by Pantera Mike Pantera Mike wrote:

FWIW I fired the 357 Auto Mag with the Grips4U grips for the first time today, and was surprised at how much better it felt than my other Auto Mag which still wears its original El Monte grips. 

The stock ones make the gun have a relatively square, or rather rectangular profile, akin to holding a 1x2 block in your hand. By contrast, these wood grips give the gun a more oval grip profile. Close examination reveals that both the forward and aft edges of the wood grips are much more tapered than the original grips. The overall size of the grip is probably reduced very slightly too. 

Perhaps because of this, the recoil impulse felt smaller, even though this gun is marginally lighter than my other one when it is fitted with the 8.5-inch 357 barrel. 

I’m seriously considering getting another set for my first Auto Mag now. It would definitely be $89 well-spent. 


I think part of what you are saying is the difference between shooting a 357 AMP and the 44 AMP.

I have always found the 357 to be much more pleasant to shoot.

I would expect the wood grips to crack fairly quick on either gun, especially the 44, good luck.
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Didn't Jurras used to put small rubber O-rings between the screw head and grip to help reduce the "shock" to the grip when in recoil?  Would that help the "new" and "old" grips from cracking/breaking?
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Originally posted by BEEMER1 BEEMER1 wrote:



I think part of what you are saying is the difference between shooting a 357 AMP and the 44 AMP.

I have always found the 357 to be much more pleasant to shoot.

I would expect the wood grips to crack fairly quick on either gun, especially the 44, good luck.

>>>Nope, that’s not what I’m saying at all. I guess I wasn’t clear enough.  I’m saying that this Auto Mag (which happens to be a 6.5-inch 357) seems to have less felt recoil than my other Auto Mag, when it is wearing its 8.5-inch 357 barrel.  I attribute that to these grips, as I was using the same ammo.  I admit it’s a subjective view, and I didn’t do back-to-back testing with both guns, so it is only an impression at this point. Next time I will deliberately shoot them both together and see.

I agree that the 357 is perhaps more pleasant to shoot than the 44, but I like them both equally.

I only have 50 rounds on these wood grips but I have no way of knowing how many hundreds or thousands of rounds the previous owner had fired with them. I see no indication of anything amiss however.
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After re-reading the post, you were plenty clear, I just do not read very good. Confused
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Last week I fired my El Monte gun (with both 44 and 357 barrels, and original grips) and it was pretty brutal. I have been so spoiled by how much better my High Standard 357 feels with Grips4U.com grips, and the difference in controllability is quite noticeable, even when firing 357 in both guns.

I confess I prefer the 1970s space-age techno look of the original black plastic grips. But the difference in performance is so profound I just couldn’t ignore it any longer, so I ordered some TDE-marked grips for my El Monte gun. They arrived today, and I discovered (as expected) that some hand-filing of the internals was required to maintain proper functioning of the bolt holdopen (it wouldn’t release because the safety lever was striking the shelf on the inside of the grip).

Everything is tickety-boo now, and I couldn’t be happier. The gun has actually seemed to shrink in my hand, and it fits much, much better. 

Two thumbs up!!!
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