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Old 09-13-2019, 8:54 PM
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Does anyone know a place I can have a pair of coins inlayed into an 1911 grips. Itís a pair of VZ grips, if that makes a difference. Someone in San Diego would be great but if I have to I can send it out.
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Of what material are said grips?
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Old 09-14-2019, 7:32 AM
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Of what material are said grips?
A composite of linen, canvas, paper, fiberglass, carbon fiber or other fabric in a thermosetting or phenolic plastic resin. A coin would look pretty cool inlaid in those grips.

Inletting fiberglass micarta is kind of tricky, especially when its thin. Usually, folks do it with a carbide router bit since spade and Forstner bits have an issue cutting cleanly.

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https://vzgrips.com/pistol-grips/191...nner-black-g10
These are the grips. They’re made of G10 (micarta).
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Could you get a machine shop to mill the holes the diameter you need then you just epoxy the coins in? What coin out of curiosity?

Ive not tried drilling them but before VZ released the super scoop I used a dremel to sand a slot in a set for my thumb, results were good. But I think for a perfect hole a mill would be best but to keep it aligned and steady

Show us the results! Maybe ask VZ even, they might do it to see if it’s an option the market would like

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VZ grips are often very thin, not leaving enough room for the thickness of most coins.
I would recommend milling away the back 3/4 of the coin, then milling a pocket for the little sheet of coin that is left and gluing it into place.
I would also probably be tempted to roll the coin so it conforms the the radius of the grip and them mill the pocket with a radiused bottom.
That would be a job for a 3axis CNC mill or router.
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Could you get a machine shop to mill the holes the diameter you need then you just epoxy the coins in? What coin out of curiosity?

Ive not tried drilling them but before VZ released the super scoop I used a dremel to sand a slot in a set for my thumb, results were good. But I think for a perfect hole a mill would be best but to keep it aligned and steady

Show us the results! Maybe ask VZ even, they might do it to see if it’s an option the market would like

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This is the coin http://www.coinfactswiki.com/wiki/Ph...-D_10_centavos


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VZ grips are often very thin, not leaving enough room for the thickness of most coins.
I would recommend milling away the back 3/4 of the coin, then milling a pocket for the little sheet of coin that is left and gluing it into place.
I would also probably be tempted to roll the coin so it conforms the the radius of the grip and them mill the pocket with a radiused bottom.
That would be a job for a 3axis CNC mill or router.
It’s a small dime size silver coin. Just as thin or maybe thinner than the Colt Medallions. I wouldn’t want to take material from a good silver coin.

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Not that I'm offering to do the work and I'm not. I find an endmill that is close, bolt the grip down and plunge. I've also made concave anvils and a delrin convex punch to form the coin to the grip.
Forming the coin to the grip does nothing for the thickness of the coin vs grip but what it does solve is a huge step in the hole that the coin sits in. the coin is now as flush as you can get. glue it in with some two part epoxy and call it good. Again I'm not offering and i will not entertain the job.

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Trying to form the coin to the grip, I would worry about deforming the details of the coin in the process. Silver is not hard.
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Trying to form the coin to the grip, I would worry about deforming the details of the coin in the process. Silver is not hard.
I would push it into forming urethane to bend it.
I have been very happy with the results I obtain forming with urethane.
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Trying to form the coin to the grip, I would worry about deforming the details of the coin in the process. Silver is not hard.
I never said "hit it with a hammer" I said form it. This can be done with a moderate amount of force by just pressing. or if you like you can set it up in the shop or machine vise for a little more control.

But yes whacked with a hammer and the coin is ruined.
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