Not interested in anything but the 1911 from Kimber.....just one of many copies made by multiple manufacturers.
Originally Posted by ponzer04
OK, Holly, I went to art school, for all the good it did me, so I am uniquely qualified to answer your original question.
Originally Posted by Holly
I have repeatedly thought about fancying-up my daily carry piece. It has pleasing proportions and a nice shape.
I have considered engraving in the gun's stainless steel, since we have a pretty good gun engraver, right here on this island.
I have given thought to fancy grips, after seeing samples of Handmade Grips's gorgeous scrolled inlay work. (They're in Turkey.)
And every time I think carefully and hard about the idea, I say to myself, "No. This is a working gun. It rides in my pocket. It will get banged up. If I have it made into something fancy, I will end up leaving it in our pistol safe, instead of carrying it. That would be an insult to the gun, and a foolish risk to Jean and me."
Well, I met my fantasies half-way: I bought some dyed, layered, impregnated wood as used to make fancy knife handles, and I used it to have simple, pretty, inexpensive, almost indestructible new grips made for it. If I remember correctly, that cost all of about $40.00, including the wood and its shipping, and the gunsmith's labor.
So, now to your question.
I suggest that the flowers be connected by simple, leafy vine work, in a fairly sparse pattern, around the grips' perimeters, with emphasis on places where the line changes direction or rounds a curve. The background might be lightly stippled, but only behind the vines and flowers, not in an overall pattern.
I, personally, do not like checkered grip panels. I find that smooth grip panels, and deeply stippled or checkered front- and backstraps, give me better control over the pistol, and make it easier to reach the magazine catch for reloads.
Get a full-size drawing of the proposed work, and live with it for at least a week. Make changes, if you want to. Then make a copy of that drawing and your changes, and send it in for the artisan to use as a pattern, while you keep the original. That will help you achieve full satisfaction.
I hope you like it.
Thank you so much. You have been truly helpful. I am no longer getting my Solo, however I still would like to use this idea in the future on another gun.
Thanks again, Steve.
Why are you not getting the Solo?
Kimber won't actually release the pistol. After a year of waiting on the stainless, I decided that if it ever wound up in my hands I would no longer have the love for it that I once did. I was tired of waiting and tired of not being able to actually speak to anyone representing Kimber. They wouldn't even give the dealer I was purchasing from any solid information. I was just tired of it all.
One year, eight months... got a phone call today that my Stainless Solo was in.
Originally Posted by Holly
Now, I don't want it.
You're probably better off...now you can purchase 2 firearms with that cash..........
Holly, I stumbled into a Solo at my FLGS; had them put it back for me, did a little research, and bought it. Mine shoots straight as the road to hell, and it has fed everything I've fed it, from WWB to Gold Dots to snakeshot, and it has gone bang each and every time. Current round count is somewhere north of 300. If your shop still has it, take it, shoot the snot out of it, and call it good.
Listen to Steve's counsel about not prettying up a carry gun too much. The only thing harder on a pistol than carrying it on your person is dragging it behind your pickup with a log chain.
It's one of the things I really love about the LCP(beyond the total reliability); it's a tool, and nothing more.
Alright, alright, alright... I have it.
My wonderful husband brought it home for me a few weeks ago, after I'd given up hope for a year.
I'll admit, I love it. Just thought I'd share.
Also, hello friends.
Congrats, hope your Solo is one of the better ones. Stay with Steve's suggestion and not do any engraving, at least till the gun has proven relieable. Mine has close to 700 rounds through, and continues to jam with failure to eject. I dont think that it will ever become my daily choice for carry. Kimber has not offered a solution just excuses.
I have revised my opinion, now that I carry a holstered pistol OWB. (It's a Colt's Pocket Hammerless in .380 ACP, made in 1912.)
For my 75th birthday, Jean gave me a full engraving job for my new/old carry gun, complete with composite ivory handles. It's stunning.
Of course, it had already fully proven its reliability during the past 101 years, so I had no hesitation in making the decision to have it prettified.
I offer you one further piece of advice: The engraver suggested fire-bluing all of the gun's pins and screws, its extractor, its trigger, and its magazine catch. He was right. Fire blue against engraved antique-gray steel adds lovely punctuation to the artwork.
Do that to yours, too. You won't regret it.
(Arthritis now keeps me from, um, enjoying shooting a .45 ACP. Thus the change in armament.)
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