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What do you do when it is hot, humid and the Corona Virus is rampant? You go to your basement workshop where it's nice and cool and play with guns, with hopes you come up with something decent. Today I took a Ruger stainless steel Birdshead grip frame and mounted it on my silver Wrangler. It feels good, looks OK, and I'll soon find out how it shoots. I shot it with the factory zinc plow handle grip frame and did OK .... certainly not match grade but pretty nice groups for this old phart.

The birdshead grip frame was mostly a "drop in". The only modification I made was to drill the hole for the cylinder latch spring about 1/4" deeper. My grip frame was a "take off" from a 327 Fed Mag Single-Six so everything else fit just fine .... even the cylinder free spins.

Here's my Wranglebird:
 

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maybe that will inspire a factory Wrangle-birdy configuration
 

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The best birdies are the ones you make yourself. That looks like a nice upgrade to the 'ol Wrangler.
 

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Very nice! You should get bored some more.
 

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That's a good looker there Iowegan. Couldn't have been in better hands for the fitting procedure.
 

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Your Wranglebird looks great! I like the SS on the silver and the grips are the perfect match. If it wasn't for covid my son and I would have made our rosemary pine grips by now, but as a 21yo soon to be college senior who does not socially distance he is not allowed into my shop :-( BTW as an update I should have two 8 shot drop in cylinders that I have being made for the Wrangler in a week or two, mine will be the first ones he has made and I will post a report on them. I cannot tolerate the anomalous quirks of the single six cylinders even if they are only sporadic and the gun is only a plinker.
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I can appreciate the work that went into those Wranglers and love the way they look. If it shoots as good as it looks and I hope it does I feel this will be the first of many upgrades by Wrangler lovers. Grips are personal and these look like another good option for SA.
 

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Iowegan, that really looks nice. I love it! VincentG58, I'm also a big fan of two-tone revolvers. I actually stripped the paint off of the grip frame on my blued steel single-six just to give me the two-tone look. (y)
 

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Today I took a Ruger stainless steel Birdshead grip frame and mounted it on my silver Wrangler.

Here's my Wranglebird:
I don't like birdshead grips.

That looks really good! If I ran into that in a gun store I would at least handle it and see how it feels. ;)
 

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Bob, What does that mean?
 

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Well, excuse my opinion, but that seems like painting the barn red after the horse is out!

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Hey Bob, I'm sure hoping you'll explain that. The usual expression is something about closing the barn door after the horse (or cows) are out. So... yeah. Looking forward to an explanation. Thanks.
 
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