I know there are some similarities between these and Melvin's (Melvin Tyler) but I guess I should have specified: This is a hard rubber adapter, more similar to the old Pachmayr adapter and the original S&W grip filler. I've often thought someone should do a story on Melvin... he has passed, sad to say, but he was quite a character. There was a big sign in front of his shop (on britton rd, I think, in OKC) "Melvin Tyler- Jesus is LORD! Pistol Grips". I got to talk with him a few times while passing through OKC... bought a very pretty pair of polymer ivory grips from him once (IVOREX was Melvins brand name, and I think he called it "bonded ivory"). Had nice grain and everything. He was knowledgeable, friendly, passionate and very patient. He had me bring my gun in so he could fit the grips. Nice man. The folks running it now are nice as well. I have a few of their adapters, and reccommended they start an e-bay store.
Post by Gary @ R&G on Jul 16, 2009 18:41:19 GMT -5
There is alot of information in the book "Frank Pachmayr America's Master Gunsmith". There were some lawsuits involved but ultimately Pachmayr bought Mershon out. The same grip adaptor was offered under the Pachmayr name. Melvin Tyler made the T grip until his death here in OKC. I think it is some of his kin that have it now. I bought a few pairs of those faux ivory grips from him 20 years ago.
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I had a couple great conversations with Melvin Tyler years ago. He was a genuine nice man, passionate about his business and the Lord. Reading his catalog was like stepping back in time: Trigger shoes, Grip adapters, Ivorex grips....
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