When Ted hit Google one fine Texas evening looking for ways to make his fiery Coonan 357 Mag a little more fun at the range, he happened across "Calming the Coonan" from our wee young days. A few calls and emails later, his own Coonan was on it's way to Manhattan, Illinois for a full metal checkering, front and back.
Although our blog posts are abysmally rare, we felt compelled to make this one. Not only was it truly the best checkering we've ever done (nearly freakin' perfection—even if it hurts our arm to pat ourselves on the back like this...) but Ted took the most amazing pictures, like, ever. Photo credits clearly go to him—we'll stick to gunsmithing.
Process: We checkered the front strap and mainspring housing (backstrap, for short.) Then we lightly sandblasted both the new checkering and the matte stainless surfaces, top and bottom. This knocked the shine off the newly cut metal, and matched the texture and sheen seamlessly.