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This is an example of a pair of pistol grips I made. The little carving on the grip, indicated by the pen, is what is called checkering. The application of checkering has a two-fold purpose, primarily, it prevents the gun from slipping from a moist or sweaty palm. 

This DKL, Star, caliber 380 or 9mm short pistol, was brought to me to replace the factory, plastic set of grips. The wooden ones, shown, are carved from a piece of rare, Cape-yellowwood. 

I really enjoyed the hobbies of gun-smithing and knife-making and some of my handiwork is scattered across the world and owned by collectors. Due to several reasons, mainly health-related, I can no longer continue the craft.

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Written by Andre Hartslief


Hello, I’m Andre’ Hartslief, Tranquilpen© 2008 “I finally discovered, that man’s whole purpose, is not to do the right things in life or to be good, to be successful or famous. Our entire purpose in life is to express divinity unto everyone and everything. How we do that, is by transforming ourselves completely, from an old state of existence to a new state and if we start removing those limitations piece by piece, It is only, then, that the Creator of the universe and all life, will begin to express himself, unbridled through us.


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