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Ivory grips

Guns4MeGuns4Me Member Posts: 2

I have a Colt SAA made in the Colt Custom Shop in 1987 including ivory grips. Can this firearm with the ivory grip be listed and sold on Gun Broker? There are varying answers to this question and it is difficult know the truth.


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    BobJudyBobJudy Member Posts: 6,541 ✭✭✭✭

    I doubt it. Here are the rules for transferring ivory.

    According to this you might be able to sell the grips to someone in your own state but you can't sell it across state lines unless you have documentation that the Ivory was imported over 100 years ago. Someone on here probably has had the same situation and will be able to shed more light on this for you. Bob

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    GrasshopperGrasshopper Member Posts: 16,837 ✭✭✭✭

    I I see ivory gripped firearms sell on here -if you look you can see them. Legal? I know I bought one on here and posed no issues. NOT much help I know-

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    mark christianmark christian Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 24,453 ******

    Let's check the auction rules: Site Rules |

    Next step...prohibited listings:

    1. Prohibited Listings. You must have the legal right to sell any Items you list on our Site. You may not list the following on our Site: (a) live animals; (b) human body parts (e.g., relics, skulls, human remains or other parts); (c) bulk email lists; (d) illegal weapons, instructions, kits, plans, or parts designed to illegally convert firearms to full-auto fire; (e) instructions, kits, plans, or parts designed to illegally build silencers; (f) instructions on how to build bombs or explosives; (g) unauthorized replicas, (h) items containing faces, names or signatures of any person unless authorized by that person; (i) hazardous, restricted or toxic materials or substances; or (j) multi-level marketing or similar programs. You may not list any Item that would cause us or you to violate any Applicable Law. You may not list any Item that is stolen or counterfeit. Your Listing may not be defamatory, libelous, threatening or harassing; and it may not contain obscenity or child pornography.

    You may not list any Item that would cause us or you to violate any Applicable Law.

    That's the catch all. I see ivory stocks listed for sale. Understand that the "grip" is the part of the pistol to which you attach the stocks.

    Bottom line: If it is legal to sell ivory then you can list it for sale on GB. Determining the actual legality is up to you.

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    nmyersnmyers Member Posts: 16,879 ✭✭✭✭

    I'd be really surprised if Colt was selling genuine ivory grips in 1987.

    Many years ago, I recall folks testing grips by removing them from the gun, & touching a hot needle to the back; if the grip material melts, it's synthetic.


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    Guns4MeGuns4Me Member Posts: 2

    The label at the end of the original box does say ivory grips. Also gave it the hot needle and black light tests. Both passed.

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    JunkballerJunkballer Member Posts: 9,217 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2021

    Wondered the same thing....I've been seriously considering buying a set listed but now I think it may be best to back up and re-think and research buying Ivory grips.......losing money is a pet peeve of mine.

    "Never do wrong to make a friend----or to keep one".....Robert E. Lee

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    GrasshopperGrasshopper Member Posts: 16,837 ✭✭✭✭

    Well, I lettered a Buntline made in 1984? and it came from the Custom Shop and it stated, Grips, Ivory as it was ordered that way. I could be off a year or two but ivory for sure.

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    waltermoewaltermoe Member Posts: 2,111 ✭✭✭✭

    If these grips came from Colt, more than likely they are reconstituted ivory if they where sold in 1987. There are other types of ivory as well other than elephant ivory. There is also ivory from walrus tusks, which I think is still legal to sell across state lines.

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