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Hi Everyone, I got some old gun parts from my uncle years ago. I finally reopened them and found some pistol grips, mostly colt. I was wondering if someone could confirm the grips age with the pictures shown. Also, should I clean them or leave them untouched.

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Pre-1924 M1911 or Government Model grips, look to be very oil-soaked. I would probably scrub them with turpentine on a toothbrush and see if they couldn't lighten up a little. If that didn't work, then I go to the 'nuclear option' - lacquer thinner. It will take them back to day one.
No, skip all that - the best thing to do is to sell them like they are and let that guy dabble in the black arts. :)
 

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Refinishing vintage grips is like refinishing the firearm itself... a no-no to collectors and something that will ruin the value. Clean them carefully with light solvent and a toothbrush or else leave them alone.
 
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Hi Everyone, I got some old gun parts from my uncle years ago. I finally reopened them and found some pistol grips, mostly colt. I was wondering if someone could confirm the grips age with the pictures shown. Also, should I clean them or leave them untouched.

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Thanks for you help. Are these desired by gun collectors? Not sure what to do with them.
 

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Your grips could be useful for somebody with an M1911 or Government Model of that period with moderate wear. There are probably many of those who are looking for a set of grips in pretty good shape.
 

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Your grips could be useful for somebody with an M1911 or Government Model of that period with moderate wear. There are probably many of those who are looking for a set of grips in pretty good shape.
Hi, I actually have 2 sets of these and some other bakelite colt grips, as well as some really cool pearl handle grips. I collect guns but really don't have a use for these items. I am interested in getting rid of them but don't even have a clue as to their value. Also, I have to have 100 posts here to be able to sell is what I'm being told. So keep asking questions. Thanks,
 
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