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Old 11-12-2010, 11:28 PM
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I ran across a pair of Mustang grips today, and had not seen them before. They were not quite right for me. What is their story? Do they have any interest out there? Thanks...
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Old 11-13-2010, 01:01 PM
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An Old Car Salesmans saying..."There's an *** for every seat".

I'm sure there is SOMEONE out there....dying for Your grips.

They were decent grips, far cheaper than the Custommakers. Saw them all over in the 60's and 70's. Still have a nice set for K RB.
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Old 11-13-2010, 02:24 PM
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According to an eBayer who sells them:

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A couple generations ago, the MUSTANG GRIP COMPANY in California was on its way to breaking into the "Big Three" in custom grips, with their mainstay being wood grips. They also were just getting into the field of rubber ones as well.

Then disaster struck in the form of a divorce, and an ugly one at that. The non working domestic partner insisted that the company be sold and the dollars split. California being the "no-fault, just give me half state" that it is, basically agreed.

Unable to buy her out, & not willing to get into an extended court fight (or a short gun fight), the company closed its doors and started liquidating stock and the company ended business.
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I had a set on a Model 25 back in the early 70s. Usually made from Zebrawood with fingergrooves. Fit was somewhat iffy, on the two sets I had.

Had another set on a Model 19 2.5".

Final fitting and sanding on grip inletting was necessary for good fit.
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Old 11-13-2010, 07:38 PM
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Here's a set I purchased in 1975. They stayed on my square butt nickel M36 off duty gun for years. Now on the pictured model 43. Great for shooting, not so much for concealed carry. I like them.

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Old 11-13-2010, 10:26 PM
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sort of the wooden version of pachameyer? ..........hm I just don't know. what works is not always beautiful.
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Old 11-13-2010, 11:26 PM
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We used to call the Mustang grips "two by four's with finger grooves" at the gunshop I worked at in the 1970's. They just never seemed to fit anyone's hand very well.
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Old 11-14-2010, 01:35 AM
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We used to call the Mustang grips "two by four's with finger grooves" at the gunshop I worked at in the 1970's. They just never seemed to fit anyone's hand very well.
That was my reaction to them, honestly. Pretty crude, but just wondered if there was a niche out there.
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I have a pair of round butt J frame Mustangs made of American walnut that came with a Model 30 I bought used three years ago. I tried them on my Terrier once and thought they were okay. The fit wasn't too bad.

They seem to me to be in the same price point as Jay Scott's used to be, but that's just a guess.
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I knew quite a few cops who bought them to put on their uniform duty revolvers in the early to mid 1970s. The draw was so-called "custom" grips (with finger grooves) that didn't cost much. I always thought Pachmyer did them in. I was un-aware of the divorce story.

And, despite their brief popularity with the LEO crowd I didn't notice any improved shooting by those with Mustangs. (LOL)

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They do have their good points - I've cut down a few to fit my hand better. Here's two Model 57's - the 4" with factory combats, the 6" with an old set of Mustangs. The mustangs are closed at the top, which make them comfortable with hunting loads, and are actually tapered toward the bottom of the grip - just like your hand ! Don't get me wrong, I like the factory combats, but looking at the two sets of grips from the rear, which actually resembles a 2x4 with finger grooves ?
I'm always on the lookout for more of the old Mustangs - especially with the closed top/open backstrap .........
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:15 PM
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Over 20 years ago, I bought a set of zebrawood Mustang grips for $2 from a sporting goods store bargain bin.

The grips looked great and the finger grooves actually fit my hand. Installed them on a model 63 and used for several years. I actually found the quality and fit superior to several sets of Eagle grips I later purchased for much more money. Guess I got lucky.
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I had a pair on a 29-2 they came on it when bought used....


They only came to the range once,,,,, OUCH,,,,!!!

The grips are very narrow across the back so with the heavy round it put all the pressure in my palm. Id swear it left a bruise, as my hand hurt for a week. I put on a pair of regular targets and never looked back. So when someone says Mustang grips I recoil in pain...
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I just picked up a pair for a round butt J-frame off GunBroker, with the idea of using them on my old .32 Regulation Police. Although the hole for the pin is about .002" too low and the inner curve of the grip frame drags a bit much, the fit is close enough to use and they feel almost comfortable. Perhaps a little judicious sanding or rasping will finish the job, then a nicer coat of finish and they will be about right. At $30 delivered, I can't kick! I've got a pair of custom Roy Fishpaw grips on a recently acquired 30-1 and the difference in fit to my hand at least, while noticeable, is not something unfixable!

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I have a pair on my snub python and like them.

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but here are my Mustang grips on my Model 58 Nickle:

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I have a pair on my 2 1/2" python because they feel good.



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