Author Topic: plastic grips original vs repro  (Read 5278 times)

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maxim

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plastic grips original vs repro
« on: January 21, 2015, 12:51:49 AM »
I have a set of the new repro polymer grips as well as a set of originals. I can barely tell the difference as they have the same markings and even the same mould flash marks. Any sure fire way of telling original grips from repro?

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Re: plastic grips original vs repro
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2015, 12:29:00 PM »
None that I'm aware of.  They claim to use the same molds as the originals.  I would look for subtle differences in the color, polish or opaqueness of them.  Some of the Post-War Soviet made Grips look OK on the front but have very crude backs with bubbles showing.  I mention that only as another possible thing to look for on close inspection with a magnifier.

I always look for a bit of handling scuffs to identify original Grips.  Of course as time goes by those aftermarket Grips will have some scuffs also.  Wish I could be of more help!  Let us know if you find anything.
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