IMPORTANT NOTE: Only install grips on the frame for which they were designed. Even then, grips are not always a perfect fit right out of the package. Please read this information and DO NOT attempt any alteration until you have done so. Grips that have been modified in any way ARE NOT RETURNABLE.
Installing Your Grips
Before installing grips MAKE SURE your gun is UNLOADED.
After installing grips, CHECK YOUR GUN and make sure that it functions correctly.
Unloading The Weapon
Point the gun in a safe direction to unload it.
Pistols: Remove the magazine, clear the action and check barrel and chamber to ensure they are clear of any rounds.Revolvers: Open the cylinder and remove any rounds. Double check to make sure no rounds remain in the weapon
Remove Existing Grips
Be careful not to damage the existing grips. Set aside and preserve the factory grips, as they might be a valuable part of the weapon and should you decide to sell the weapon they could increase the value.
Install New Grips
Clean the frame before installing new grips.
If new screws are supplied with the grips, USE THEM. Otherwise use your original screws.
If the grips do not fit correctly, DO NOT FORCE THEM ON.
Certain grips appear to be a one piece grip, but are in effect 2 pieces pinned together. Carefully separate these grip panels to avoid breakage.
See specific instructions by manufacturer:
The Stainless/Nickel Grip Problem
Grips are machined with much tighter tolerances than most grip frames. Rarely a grip panel will come off the manufacturing line with some deviation, but poor fit is more frequently caused by variation in the grip frame. This problem is often seen in stainless or nickel plate frames. It is rarely seen in the black or blued frames. Not all the stainless or nickel frames have the problem.
ALL FRAMES HAVE SOME VARIATION.
If your grips have the following problems you have probably encountered the Dreaded (Stainless) Frame Variation Problem.
IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE A FRAME VARIATION PROBLEM, DO NOT ALTER THE GRIPS WITH OUT CONTACTING US FIRST.
Colt frames are very inconsistent and there are many frame size variations, in particular this happens with stainless frames. Colt SAA grips are usually made oversized and are expected to be fitted to the frame. Gaps often appear where the top of the grips meets the frame. This is most often a problem on stainless frames, and the two sides can vary quite a lot.
Most single action grips have a hole that fits over a pin in the frame. This pin locates and dictates the fit of the grip. Occasionally, it is necessary to increase the size of the pin hole to fit the pin. Do this SLOWLY and CAREFULLY with an Auger or similar tool. Make sure the grip fits the pin correctly BEFORE TIGHTENING as failure to do so could result in breakage of the grip.
Use the screws provided with the grips. Factory screws generally will not fit your new grips.
A trick used by a lot of SAA shooters, to correct the gapping problem on grip panels, is to drill out the pin hole to oversize, fill the hole with plastic wood (for wood or laminated wood panels) or epoxy (for bonded Ivory or faux Pearl grips) and place on the frame in the desired position until the filling is dry. Then remove and clean. Applying wax (auto, furniture, etc.) to the frame before placing the grips (with the wet plastic wood or epoxy) will prevent material sticking to the frame and aid in cleanup.
If you are not happy with the fit of the grips and do not wish to do ANY work on them send them back for a refund. But PLEASE NOTE that if you have a problem with the grips you received then it is highly unlikely that you will find grips that fit your gun exactly. If you have done any alteration on the grips they CAN NOT BE RETURNED
You may need to do some very minor fitting on your Walther grips. DO NOT USE POWER TOOLS. Fine grit sand paper is all that is needed.