Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pau Ferro takes a back seat to Sig P229 Elite wood grips

Is there anything more pleasant than an unexpected gift? When I ordered a Sig P229 SAS Gen2 .357 Sig pistol from Sig Sauer back in February, the Sig factory rep promised the boss lady at the gun shop he would see if he could find me a set of the nice wood grips they used on the Generation 1 SAS model that were phased out for Generation 2.

That's the promised grips on the Sig Gen1 in the top photo, stolen from the Sig site where it's no longer to be found.

So when my new Sig 229 SAS Gen2 arrived May 1, it had black composite grips on it, as shown in the second photo. Nice and functional but not nearly as sexy as those SAS Gen1 grips.

So I figured maybe they'd arrive in a week or two. I waited. Then I waited some more.

After a month, my patience ran out. I've never been long on patience so a month is probably close to a record for me actually waiting for something.

So I googled wood grips for Sig P229s and found a nice set of Hogue Pau Ferro grips. Who is Pau Ferro, you may ask, and why can't he spell Paul?

Actually, Pau Ferro ain't a he, it's a Bolivian hardwood and quite a beautiful one at that.

My new Hogue Pau Ferro grips arrived in late June, I installed them, tested them at the range and was happy as a pig in deep mud.

And then, lo and behold, as King James often says, today that pleasant unexpected surprise arrived.

A package from Sig for me was thrown in with an order of various accessories, the long-promised but now forgotten Sig P229 Elite grips, as the package billed them.

The Sig Elite series is an all-stainless steel line of their various models and the grips are exactly the same as the former SAS Gen1 grips I so admired.

So today, I removed the Pau Ferro grips and installed the new Elite grips. Ain't they prettier than a speckled pup?

Now I gotta get me another P229 so I can have something to put my Pau Ferro grips on. And it just so happens that we have a CPO, which is Sig lingo for Certified Previously Owned, Sig P229 .357 Sig which someone traded in at a recent gun show. It's all Nitron black with a rail, vs. the 2-tone slicked-up Sig-Anti-Snag SAS, but I bet those Pau Ferro grips will dress it right up.

I shall ascribe to the wisdom of Clint Smith, the famed gunwriter and chief shootist of Thunder Ranch, who says if you have a pistol you really like, get two of them. Then if the one you carry has to go out of action for any reason, you've got a backup ready to step up to the plate.

Sounds like a perfectly good reason to get another P229 .357 Sig pistol to me.

And another little unexpected surprise also popped up last week. We have so many long guns at the gun shop that the boss marked a bunch of them down and set them out on racks out front to move them out of there.

And lo and behold again, there's a little Marlin .22LR semi-auto carbine that's the twin brother of one I had years ago. I shot the whee out that little Marlin when I was living on a farm and appointed myself the designated slayer of snapping turtles in a big pond in a pasture out in my front yard.

When I moved off the farm, I gave that little Marlin .22LR to my son and it's still being shot by him and his two grandsons. And here was another just like it, marked down to $85! As they used to say at the tobacco warehouses, "Sold American!" I bought myself an early birthday present.

Haven't been to the range lately, but I'll be there Saturday teaching my first NRA Basic Pistol Class, so the little Marlin is going along for the ride and its baptism by fire. It's gonna be fun.

1 comment:

Braulio said...

Pau Ferro stans for iron wood,and as it says,a hard wood also thaught for its beauty,once common in forests from Brazil.Nice grips on a nice gun,keep them!