What is "Laser Etching" and how does it work?
We use a Carbon Dioxide (CO2) laser which produces a very intense inferred beam to make images on our gun grips. The process is different for different grip materials.
Laser etching images on Aluminum sets GunGrips.net apart from most of the rest of the industry. Our aluminum grips are anodized which make them very resistant to wear and scratches. Scrimshaw artist have great difficulty scrimming images in the anodized coating of these grips. The CO2 laser easily burns through the top surface of the anodized coating to expose the aluminum below. Typically, the laser removes less than 0.001 inch of material from the surface of the grips, so to the touch, one can hardly feel the image from the rest of the grip. Laser etching images on Polymer grips is an entirely different process. In this case, we use the laser beam to vaporize the grip material so we can fill it with an appropriate ink or paint. In this case, we etch or vaporize the image area to a depth of about 0.015 inch.
How durable is the image on your grips?
I ordered the wrong grips
We want to keep all of our customers happy, so our policy for return products is pretty liberal. We think 30 days is long enough for you to try on the grips and make sure you like them. If you ordered the wrong grips, selected the wrong option, or made some other mistake that makes the grips undesirable, you can return them for replacement within 30 days of our date of shipment. We will replace them for 50% of the original cost or you can just return them for a refund (30% restocking fee will be deducted from your refund). For replacements, please include payment of 50% of the original price plus $7.00 Shipping and handling. Personal check or money order is OK. Describe in a letter (or e-mail) what needs to be corrected and we will remake your grips, incorporating the changes, and send you a new set. After 30 days we do not accept returns.
I do not like my grips, what can I do?
We want to keep all of our customers happy, so our policy for return products is pretty generous. We think 30 days is long enough for you to try on the grips and make sure you like them. During the first 30 days after the date we ship your grips, you can return them to us for a refund (30% restocking fee will be deducted from your refund). After 30 days we do not accept returns.
Can you split a set and make just one panel for me?
The short answer to this question is "No". The color of the etched anodized area of AlumaGrips will vary somewhat from one anodized batch to another. For that reason, we do not "split" sets to make a single panel for our customers. The answer for polymer grips is similar except it is not the etched area that isn't always the same, rather it's the raw material the manufacturer used to make the grips. It isn't consistent enough to split the sets.
Who does laser etching of images on grips?
Laser etching gun grips is relatively new to the industry. A few people are making grips with laser etched images on them. The companies come and go as each tries to carve out a profit. We don't keep track of them, but doing a search on the Internet will help you find them. www.GunGrips.net is the only company we know of who offers fully customized gun grips at a reasonable price.
Do you make the grips and can you make a set for my gun?
We do not manufacture grips. We purchase the grips wholesale and add our standard images or the artwork submitted by our customers. We do our best to keep the prices in line and often, customers find that they can purchase grips with their image laser etched on them for less than they can purchase the bare grips at retail.
Can you put any image on any grip?
We'd like to say "yes", and most the time we can. We have had to turn away a few images that we could not do for technical reasons. The most successful images are those with stark contrast between black and white, large photos 3 X 4 inches at 600 dots per inch or from a digital camera 8 X 10 inches at 72 dots per inch or greater. We refuse to do porn, and we reserve the right to judge what is and is not porn. We maintain a large library of Police badges and patches as well as Military emblems etc. If you do not have a really good photo of what you want, send what you have and we may be able to find it in our archives.
How long does it take to receive my order?
The main issues in delivering your grips is if we have them in inventory and what part of the country you live in. We keep an small inventory of over 400 of the various styles of grips including aluminum and polymers. If we have the grips you ordered in stock, we usually ship by Priority Mail within 7 days of receiving your order. When we do not have the grips in stock, our suppliers most always cooperate by shipping the grips to us within 2-3 weeks of our special order to them. One more important issue is "our 30 day deadline". When you purchase your grips on line, all you have really done is AUTHORIZE GunGrips.net to collect the amount you charged from your account. We do not actually collect from your account until after we ship your grips. If we do not collect in 30 days however, the bank closes the charge and we can no longer collect the funds. For this reason we have a real incentive to ship your grips in 30 days or completely loose the sale unless you will reorder. In some cases, when the time is about to exceed 30 days for some reason, we often collect the funds from customer's account before shipping the grips. This keeps the order open and we can ship the grips when we receive the blanks.
How much does it cost to get my image laser etched on grips?
Any of our standard images can be laser etched on any set of grips we sell for $40.00. Most images sent to us by our customers cost $40.00 to laser etch on grips we sell. If you want any image laser etched on grips you did not purchase at www.GunGrips.net, the cost for most will be $65.00.
Which Guns will the Hogue Aluminum Grips for the Beretta 92FS fit?
We took this information from the www.Berettaforum.net. It gives a detailed explanation of what the grips fit and what they do not. Our thanks to both Hogue inc. and the Beretta Forum.
The information below is pasted out of our knowledge base. A lot of you know this but for those with questions.
Will fit 92F, 92F-S, 92G, 92D, 92 Centurion, 96, 96D and M-9 The Beretta 92 series pistols are high capacity (double stack magazine) pistols. They are very high quality and are produced in Italy and the United States. This pistol is the official handgun on the U.S. military. Because it is a double stack pistol the grip frame is very wide so the grips we make are as thin as possible. Rubber wraparound measure .160 thousandths of an inch thick on each side. Wood grips are slightly thicker.
Grips also fit Brigadier, Centurion, Elite, and Elite II models.
Grips also fit 92d and 92g models. D Models - Double action only, no safety lever (slick slide)G Models - Double/single action, with external ambidextrous decocking lever,
rotating firing pin striker. Trigger bar disconnect and a spring loaded safety return.
You use the stock screws to install grip but must not use the star washers.
We also sell replacement screws for the 92. They are available slotted or hex head in Black or satin chrome finish. Look up part numbers below.
Taurus makes a gun very similar to the 92 but it requires a different grip. #99
-Our grips will not fit:
The COMPACAT Beretta 92FS INOX
The COUGAR this model uses #91
The Model 92 Vertec
The Compact 92 this model uses #93. #93 will not fit type M (type M is a single stack) ours will only fit the double stack
-For Beretta 950 the only grip that will fit is the Handall.jr
-Taurus has changed the design of grip screws on full size pistols. Prior to approx. ‘97, pistols used 4 frame screw bushings using screws of Beretta design. Three of four bushings were omitted and now Taurus screws are machined to the size of the previous bushing and screw in one unit. The fourth (top left) screw bushing is still present and doubles its’ purpose as a spring retainer. Old style screw bushings can be purchased from Taurus and used to allow use of Beretta design grip screws on current pistols.
More information on the Model 92 can be found HERE
Beretta - 17601 Beretta Dr. Accokeek, MD 20607 (301) 283 2191 - www.beretta.com.
POWDER COAT IMAGES Durability and applications
We searched long and hard to find a method to put color on aluminum grips. The powder coat process we developed has the advantage of being very durable and in applications on aluminum grips, we can maintain significant detail in the images. Although we do not recommend you do this, we have tested the powder coat by scrubbing the image with Brillo Pads, washing it with gun cleaners, kerosene and alcohol. It has proved to be resistant to all of these punishments, so we feel we have found a product durable enough to be used on a "carry gun".
How durable are your Aluminum Grips?
How tough and scratch resistant is the CeraKote clear coat?
We've used this ceramic clear coat material for over a year with excellent results. The CeraKote company has
tested the finished coating for hardness, abrasion and corrosion resistance. The material excels in every
catagory. This link to their on line hardness/scratch resistance test gives us great confidence in CeraKote.
How durable are the UV Photo Print images?