Making non-Marschal wood grips work on the Bersa 380cc

Before I knew about Marschal* wood grips, I ordered a custom pair of cocobolo wood grips for The Missus' new
Bersa 380cc from an eBay seller.  They took some "fitting" to work well, and this is the story of that custom work.


The first problem I noticed was easy to fix - there was interference between the wood and safety lever (the lever could be moved easily between ON and OFF, but couldn't be rotated far enough to UNCOCK the hammer).  A minute or two with the Dremel (and its small sandpaper drum) created the necessary clearance.

 


The second problem was also easy to spot and not much harder to cure.  The stock plastic grips have alignment lugs to keep each grip from swiveling around its grip screw (see photo to the right and inset side view), but the replacement grips had no such alignment lugs so they had a squishy feel, especially when racking the slide.

 

 

 

 

 

With one grip removed at a time, I traced the inside of the frame opening on the inside of the wood grips with a sharp pencil (only the front edge with the finger cutouts needs to be traced).  The traced line can be seen on the wood grip in the photo to the left.

 

 

 

I again used the Dremel, this time to cut a groove on the inside of each wood grip (above, right).  The depth of each groove was about 1/3 of the thickness of the toothpick that would be glued there (although any strong wood glue should work, I used Gorilla GlueTM).

 

 

 

The photo to the left shows both grips after the toothpicks had been glued into the new grooves. Once the glue had dried (about two hours), I used the Dremel to grind down the small amount of glue on the grip between the toothpicks and the finger grooves since that side was to be used as an alignment face.

Note that the two toothpicks are about the same distance from the bottom of the grips, but that the right grip's toothpick is considerably shorter than the left grip's toothpick. The frame opening on the right side had an additional cut made into it (I don't know what the cut was for), and I opted to leave that area open in case some lever or spring would need free accress for movement there.

With the toothpicks glued in place, the grips can no longer swivel around the grip screws - the grips and pistol now feel like one solid piece.

 

 


This is the final "new look" - rough textured (for great grip) cocobolo wood grips on a nickel-plated Bersa 380 concealed carry pistol . . . .

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 * Marschal grips (right, in purpleheart wood) have a popsicle stick-shaped raised area that establishes grip alignment.