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andresere
December 26, 2014, 06:05
I wanted to show you guys some grips that I had done for me by Jackrabbit Grips in Texas. http://www.j-grips.com/
My Commander when I was in 3/116 CAV is retiring after a 28 year career. I wanted to have grips done to dress up a RIA 1911 that we all went in on for him. Searching the internet for CAV grips came up with manily 1st CAV Horsehead patches, but nothing that could be customized beyond that. Then I gave Jackrabbit Grips a call. It was promptly returned and the owner, Kurt Vogel and I started talking about what he could do for our retirement gift. Here's what he came up with. Kurt was extremely patient with all my questions, and very quick to respond with emails as we discussed placement of the engravings. In these days those two services don't always go hand in hand. His grips fit very nice, and I think my old boss is really going to like the customization they give the pistol. He offers them in walnut, cherry and maple. These are cherry and the font is Rio Grande.
Before
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After
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gunplumber
December 26, 2014, 10:47
Phew. I've heard of jack rabbit slippers, and coats and even hats, but I was wondering how you were going to jackrabbit fur grips.

L Haney
December 26, 2014, 10:58
I see those crossed sabers and flash back to the 1/9 of the Sixth Air Cav. Done up in yellow on the nose of their birds. This was Ft. Hood, ~'78 and there abouts.

andresere
December 26, 2014, 11:08
Ironically, he started his career as an enlisted crew chief on a Blackhawk.

L Haney
December 26, 2014, 11:36
Ironically, he started his career as an enlisted crew chief on a Blackhawk.

I sort of pre dated those. They didn't make it to the Sixth before I left the First Cav in '81. We had some visit that last summer, think they were 101, but I could be misremembering that.

Never had a ride on a Blackhawk. I've heard they're fast and tough as nails.

That pistol as a gift... You guys did good. He'll treasure that.

andresere
December 26, 2014, 11:54
The first ride I had was a Mike model Huey, a gunship. Then a few UH1Hs, an OH-6 (extremely fun) and quite a few Blackhawks. They are faster than hell. But not as fast as a Chinook. :biggrin:

L Haney
December 26, 2014, 12:10
But not as fast as a Chinook. :biggrin:

Saw a singular thing once I don't relate often as I have little patience with dis believers.

A Shithook, inbound for the airfield at Ft. Hood. Suspended below, from the ground up were a Cobra, then a Huey. No, I don't know why they did that. Seems entirely too complicated. But I saw it.

andresere
December 26, 2014, 12:11
I can believe it. I would have hated being the hook man. Two chances to get sparked.

L Haney
December 26, 2014, 12:17
Two chances to get sparked.

Heh, you've seen 'em knocked off pallets too. Always a crowd pleaser.

ETA: Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I liked what I did then, the guys I did it with. Formed a young man, it did.

andresere
December 26, 2014, 12:23
Yep, Young Frankenstein has nothing on a new hooker.