cracked Esmeralda wood grips

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    Oh no, today my Esmeralda andean alder wood grips got a fracture in them. I was shooting my Smith and Wesson 642 with these grips on when it happened. I have about 300 rounds through them so far. Not sure what to do at this point? I dont know if i should email or call her. I could scream. Suggestions? Bunker
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    Send them to her and ask her if she can fix them?

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    Send her an email I'm sure she'd rather replace them than risk any bad word of mouth spreading through gun forums.

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    Her craftmanship is outstanding, and i dont mean to bash her at all. Maybe i will send her an email and see if she can fix them. Bunker
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    I sent her an email asking for help. we will see what happens. Bunker
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    Esmeralda has done me right and will exchange the wood grips for something else... first class business all the way! I think i may take her suggestion and choose a cocobolo grips which may be stronger. Bunker
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    Quote Originally Posted by bunker View Post
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    Stay away from using Alder wood in a handgun grip. It is not that hard, and is more susceptible to rot and decay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunker View Post
    I think i may take her suggestion and choose a cocobolo grips which may be stronger. Bunker
    Correct: Cocobolo is very tough. Much better choice than Alder.

    Alder is a softer wood, with a more open cell structure. They tend to accept stains better than harder woods, which is why they have become popular with some grip makers that like to dramatically stain grips.

    This more open cell structure, though, also leaves the wood more susceptible to rot and fracture.

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    Gotta love Esmeralda and her wood grips! The Andean Alder J frame grips got a crack in them after a couple hundred rounds, and i asked Esmeralda what to do, and she said send them back and she would send out a new pair of Cocobolo grips in replacement. Not only does she have outstanding quality in her work, but she also stands behind her work... something to be truly admired!!!!
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    Great looking grips and fantastic customer service.
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    Cocobolo is fantastic wood for gun grips.

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    Had a close friend that had both sets of grips he had crack within a few shots. First set of grips lasted 2 rounds in his .357 before they exploded and the pair she sent to replace them lasted 5. The second pair was Cocobolo so please test fire the grips before you carry that gun.

    His first set shattered. If that had been in a defense situation he would have been left holding the bare frame. I was at the range with him when both sets broke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roman View Post
    Had a close friend that had both sets of grips he had crack within a few shots. First set of grips lasted 2 rounds in his .357 before they exploded and the pair she sent to replace them lasted 5. The second pair was Cocobolo so please test fire the grips before you carry that gun.

    His first set shattered. If that had been in a defense situation he would have been left holding the bare frame. I was at the range with him when both sets broke.
    Hopefully i can get to the range later this week... just recovering from my cold. Bunker
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    I have a set of Esmeralda's cocobolo grips for my Wilson CQB. Since, put the grips on my pistol I have shot almost 2,000 rounds through my pistol. I haven't had a single issue with the grips and they seem to be tough as nails. I think you will find out they work well for you!
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