Faux Stag Grips

Great Western’s Frontier model is very well remembered for its “B-Western” plastic faux stag grips.

There are actually 4 faux stag grip variants on Great Western revolvers, these associated with different production eras over the company’s 10 year existence.  From left to right on the illustration, these versions are:

Type 1, Pointer Pup branded grips – these are solid resin cast.  They are identical if not close to 1st generation Colt grip profile outline.  Seen on Great Westerns from approximately serial GW1 – GW7500.

Type 2, black painted, hollow backed grip – Modestly smaller in outline from the previous grip set.  Seen on Great Westerns from approximately serial GW7500 – 13000.

Type 3, maroon painted, hollow backed grip – perhaps about the same size as previous grip set.  Seen on Great Westerns from approximately serial 13000 – 19000.

Type 4, black painted, hollow backed grip – similar to Type 2 but can run smaller vertically.  Seen on Great Westerns from approximately serial 19000 –GW22000.

Franzites, on the far right:  These are seen somewhat frequently on Great Westerns.  They are aftermarket, of lesser quality, and were never factory on Great Westerns.

 

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From left to right, grip types 1 – 4.  On the right are Franzite brand grips, which are non-factory but also often seen on Great Westerns.

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