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I just took my 38H out of the safe. The cracked right grip disintigrated. I know originals are like finding frog's teeth. Can anyone tell me where the best quality repros can be found? Numrich has them, but I have'nt had the best experience with their other repro grips. Kind of cheesey.

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Why don't you give Tom Heller a call....? You might get lucky?

Tom Heller
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tell Tom I referred you!!

I am sure he can tell you who has the best repro's if he does not have any originals!

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Ron,

I found a pair of 38H grips once that were all glued together for $25.00 and liked it! Don't know about the repros but anything original is hard to find. Did you try to repair the old ones?

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Orv, Toms checking to see if he may have an original. He does have repros. Thanks, Ron

Mark, I am going to repair then, but what ever they made them out of is degrading. There was one small hairline crack at the screw hole, as usual on 38Hs. When I took it out of the safe , just the finger pressure to pick it up caused the grip to split completely , in three different directions. The material looks almost crumbly at the brakes.If I'm successful at the repair. I'll just put the originals away and use repros on it.
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Yeah,

That old bakelite stuff on grips is crap. I think Epoxy works well to glue it back?

With your talent, there may be a way to make a mold out of soft clay from an original set and glue the rotten set together? Perhaps some ground up black plastic to fill in the breaks on the bakelite?

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Mark, I think about the only way to do it,and make it look right is to use Brownells bedding gel. It works great. If you do it right. I once made a pair of Colt 1911 grips out of bedding compound and metal filings. They felt great and worked like a charm, but yoogly!(that's about 10% to 20% beyond ugly.)
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I posed your question to James Cate: he said:

Actually Super Glue does better than anything. Tell Ron the late grips like his lacked a proper amount of phenol and added material such as ultra small bits of cellulose, thread and wood fiber to help strengthen them. He can repair the orginal and/or put repro grips on the gun for shooting. His pistol would be one that utilized the last type of the 5 different variations of grips (and 3 types of grip material).

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