Welcome to the BearPaw Ruger Grip Store..home of fine Blackhawk Vaquero Bisley Hunter and Birdshead all natural wood hand carved grips!
Proudly hand built in the USA, by the Wilson Family, one pair at a time. Many of you have asked for more information about our grips, and a friendlier, easier way to find and buy from us, so watch us grow . Bearpaw grips came about thru adversity, requiring me to design a safer grip for myself due to hand weakness following multiple surgeries due to an accident. Then upon the request of friends in need, I started building for others and the rest is history ..so enjoy!
JB and Nancy Wilson
OUR FAMILY GUILD
The Old Bear here....Simply the "Guild" built grips are built by other members of the family from all over the USA ...sent to us ...inspected by us ...and marketed by us when they meet our quality requirements ...all Guild participants have apprenticed under me and are trained to build the same EIG-5 contour system ...the ole Bear needs the help as I fall further behind but rest assured you will be receiving the same fine product and service excellence will continue ...I promise
JB & NANCY WILSON/BrokenBear/BearPaw Grips
Welcome to the BearPaw Ruger Grip Store.
THIS AREA WILL SOON HAVE COMPARISON PICTURES OF A FACTORY GRIP AND A BearPaw GRIP MOUNTED ON A GRIPFRAME
FINISH n FIT
warm in the winter and cool in the summer ...oh isin't it great! Almost makes you feel sorry for the poor fellows pouring reconstituted soybeans into expensive jello moulds and then trying to compete with the beauty of something the Good Lord made! Then we here at BearPaw come along and hand shape that piece of marvel into something you folks can use. So lets examine what you can expect from the part that BearPaw does.
It is a fact of life that Ruger hand fits the grip frame to the frame. Additionally, the finishing of the grip frame prior to fitment to the fame itself also evidently has some hand finishing. These statements are brought to light simply to explain that no two Rugers are EXACTLY alike dimensionally ...close but not exact. So hand finishing/fitting creates plus and minus tollerances on everything that has to do with a grip frame ...radius of backstrap, thickness of grip frame, radius of curve of outside finish of backstrap, distance from front to rear of grip frame and even the angle of the grip frame in relation to the bore etc. etc. Simply the factory builds a grip that covers all these nuances ...sometimes ok and sometimes not ok. Well... we here at BearPaw fare a little better in that we have learned where you do and don't need the excesses. The only thing we cannot cover is when a really acute angle changes between the grip frame and bore occurs. We do however have a solution to even this troublesome problem. If you have one of those rare acute angled(or over/undersized gripframe) Rugers we simply trade out what you've purchased for one cut for your rarity(we do not charge extra to build to your gripframe). We keep pattern guns with the like acute angles specifically for this rare problem. So what is our statement as to fit?
We are as a general rule much better fitted than original factory grips. Our customers tell us we are better than other after market grips. Bottom line...when you get your new BearPaw grip we believe it will fit better than what you have but even more importantly ... we will work with you to get your BearPaw grip reasonably fitted if it dosen't. We do run into a "maverick" gripframe from time to time that requires sending us the grip frame only for correct fitment. With that, said we have only have that event occur 1 time out of every 250 grips.All we ask from you is to be reasonable ...our prices are intended to be affordable for the average shooter and common sense dictates you cannot spend multiple hours "fine tuning" a grip and keep the cost in EVERYONE'S reach! So we will say we build fine working grips and not show pieces costing 3 times or more the cost of what we are asking for out grips.
BearPaw Grips are an art form. They are intentionally individualistic. We use the finest figured woods available. We hand craft grips one piece at a time. We do not finished grips as flawless show pieces as mentioned above, but as affordable working grips. We do not attempt to hide,fill, or in any way alter natural inclusions nature has grown into the wood as we believe that is part of the individuallity and character of the grip. By inclusions we are not saying we sell splits, knot holes etc. but rather the natural voids that occur in highly figured woods. And last, unlike a jello mould we intentioally do not sand to glass smooth simply because the end user needs a tractive surface on the grip for the obvious reasons so ...gentle to the eye, we think so ...glass smooth to the touch nope, just working smooth. Our coloring is a secret ...from an old luthier [a Pennsylvania fiddle maker actually] and we think it is the finest we ever laid eyes on bar none! Last but not least is the top coat sealer which if damaged can easly be repaired by the customer themselves. Every BearPaw grip leaves our facility with all attaching hardware, spacer, installation instructions and our business card. If ever you do have damage to your BearPaw grip just use that card to contact us and we will walk you right though the easy self repair steps.
Thanks for visiting us and we surely hope we can help your shooting sport be a happy sport!
In the description you will find a number at the end of the description with 4 digits only, or followed by an X,N,R,B,H,L,XN or S.
1234XN =Blackhawk,Single 6/7 with painted alloy gripframe marked XRN-3RED an R series grip may be used but if paint has pooled at top under the wing the XN grip may fit better
1234R =Old full-size Vaquero, all current production Blackhawks 1972&up,Super Single Six, New Model Single Six and Super Blackhawk w/ 4-5/8 & 5-1/2 barrels only.
1234N = New Model Vaquero and 50th Anniv.& Lipsey 44 "Flatop" Model and WILL NOT fit the original 3 screw flat top w/ XR3 frame.
1234S = Fits the Super Blackhawk with 7-1/2 inch and longer barrel with squareback trigger guard.
1234X =Fits original 3 screw flat top Blackhawk (1972-73 transition 3 screws models in serial range of 31-39000 will require the 1234R) and WILL NOT fit the New Model Vaquero or 50th Anniv. model.
1234H= Fits the Birds Head model made only by Ruger and not represented to fit non Ruger manufactured grips frames.
1234B= Fits the Bisley model of Ruger manufacture.
1234L= Fits the 2008 Blackhawk and New Model single-Six with internal lock