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Posted: 2/7/2008 7:28:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/7/2008 8:38:46 PM EDT by AR-Ballistic]
I ordered a Hogue wrap around with finger grooves for my MARK XIX Desert Eagle tonight. I can't wait to install it. How hard is it to remove the existing grip and install the Hogue? The owners manual says nothing about removing the existing grip. Thanks in advance, Mike
Link Posted: 2/8/2008 12:34:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/8/2008 12:36:31 PM EDT by bangboompow]
You caught be on a boring day so I figured I'd hook this thread up with some pictures.

Desert Eagle .44 with stock grips:
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i43/216rider/guns/01.jpg



Using the Desert Eagle multi-tool, or a pin punch, etc... press in on the hole in the bottom of the frame to depress the grip retainer pin.
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i43/216rider/guns/02.jpg



With the pic depressed, slide the grip straight towards the back.
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i43/216rider/guns/03.jpg



You'll need to spread the grips apart to get them fully off of the frame because of these little nubs inside the grip.
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i43/216rider/guns/04.jpg



Heres the Houge grip and the 2 screws and plastic block it comes with.
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i43/216rider/guns/05.jpg



Heres the back side of the frame. This is where the black plastic block goes.
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i43/216rider/guns/06.jpg



It's sometimes hard to start into place and you might need to use a bit of force. But make sure it is slid all the way in, until the black plastic block touches the frame projection that it slides into fully.
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i43/216rider/guns/07.jpg



Side view of the block fully installed.
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i43/216rider/guns/08.jpg



Spread the Hogue grip open and place it over the frame from the front of the handgrip.
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i43/216rider/guns/09.jpg



You will need to pull up and pop the little tabs into place on the back side of the frame.
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i43/216rider/guns/10.jpg



Screw the fasteners through the grip and into the black plastic block that you installed earlier. Do both sides.
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i43/216rider/guns/11.jpg

Desert Eagle now much easier to hold and control. Enjoy shooting it much more from now on!
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i43/216rider/guns/12.jpg




Link Posted: 2/8/2008 3:03:09 PM EDT
You are the MAN. That is simply AWESOME BRO. I appreciate the time you took to do that for me. Take care , Mike
Link Posted: 2/8/2008 6:52:16 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By AR-Ballistic:
You are the MAN. That is simply AWESOME BRO. I appreciate the time you took to do that for me. Take care , Miken/p. I know how hard it is to come by good info sometimes, so I help out where I can.
Link Posted: 2/10/2008 7:45:50 AM EDT
Great Post, I just got my DE, and was thinking of doing the same thing. I had no idea that there would be that much to it. Thanks for the detailed info.

Link Posted: 2/11/2008 8:37:40 PM EDT
bangboompow
Nicely done. Perfect example of why I come to this forum and others like it, the members.
Link Posted: 2/14/2008 8:23:10 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/20/2008 4:31:48 PM EDT
One more small thing.
Make sure the internal tabs (clips) facing the front strap of the pistol grip are pushed forward (towards the front strap) as much as possible. Otherwise they might interfere with the magazine. They will be rubbing on the grooved surface of the magazine and make insertion and especially removal of the magazine difficult.
Link Posted: 3/28/2008 5:21:07 PM EDT
Hey bangboompow,
Thanks for the How To on the grips. I just got my Desert Eagle today and the first thing I did was come back to this thread and re-read it. Then I installed my new grips. After cleaning the "fiddy" first of course.

Here's a pic of where the DE is going to hang out.
http://www.members.shaw.ca/wrightjs/CaseCutoutsWeb.jpg

And here she is all tucked in.
http://www.members.shaw.ca/wrightjs/CaseFull6Web.jpg

And here is the obligatory close-up.
http://www.members.shaw.ca/wrightjs/DesertEagleCaseCloseWeb.jpg
Link Posted: 3/29/2008 5:37:42 PM EDT
Thats a beautiful DE. Like to carry case too.

Hows that coating? Is it a metallic plating, or does it seem more like a "plistic" coating?
Link Posted: 4/1/2008 4:58:53 AM EDT
Mercury0_0, where did you get the foam in your case, and what did you use to cut it?

I'm trying to do something similar but I'm not sure what to use.
Link Posted: 5/6/2008 9:29:37 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By bangboompow:
Thats a beautiful DE. Like to carry case too.

Hows that coating? Is it a metallic plating, or does it seem more like a "plistic" coating?


Hey Bang,
The coating is "Gold Titanium". It's a factory coating that's supposed to be extremely hard. It's the same coating they use on drill bits. That's the reason I got it instead of the 24k gold. The 24k is for looking at and the Gold Ti is for shooting.
Link Posted: 5/6/2008 9:33:40 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By therabidlama:
Mercury0_0, where did you get the foam in your case, and what did you use to cut it?

I'm trying to do something similar but I'm not sure what to use.


Hey therabidlama,
I got all the info for the case and foam here:
http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=19&t=290776
http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=4&t=292695
If after reading those two posts you have any questions then give me a shout. I doubt it though.
Link Posted: 7/13/2008 7:41:15 PM EDT
Do the rubber grips make it a little more manageable? I don't have tiny hands (I'm 6'3") but even I feel like I barely have a handle on that thing when I fire it. The stock grips are so hard and slick. Mix it with the nasty wet Miami humidity and slightly sweaty hands and sometimes I feel like it's about to jump right out of my hands. (it's the .50 AE) I think I'm going to order these grips either way, but I wouldn't mind some feedback from people who have used them so I can know what to expect.
Link Posted: 7/13/2008 8:04:06 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By banana_rat:
Do the rubber grips make it a little more manageable? I don't have tiny hands (I'm 6'3") but even I feel like I barely have a handle on that thing when I fire it. The stock grips are so hard and slick. Mix it with the nasty wet Miami humidity and slightly sweaty hands and sometimes I feel like it's about to jump right out of my hands. (it's the .50 AE) I think I'm going to order these grips either way, but I wouldn't mind some feedback from people who have used them so I can know what to expect.


I have them on my .50 AE Mk XIX, and they are fantastic. It really does make a difference, IMO. Much better control. You can really dig into the grip with these. I have decent sized paws too, and these grips really help.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 11:37:27 AM EDT
I'm having trouble getting the original grip off. I'm depressing the pin in the grip with the multitool that comes with it, but the grip isn't even budging. Any tips?
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 6:39:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By banana_rat:
I'm having trouble getting the original grip off. I'm depressing the pin in the grip with the multitool that comes with it, but the grip isn't even budging. Any tips?


sometimes you gotta beat it up a little bit.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 5:42:53 PM EDT
Wow man, you're not kidding. I got it off. I thought it was about to break, but I got it off; thanks.
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