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Custom Crosman 2240 Geordie Grips

Discussion in 'Airgun Reviews' started by Meteor62, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. Meteor62

    Meteor62 Major Poster

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    Although I have posted about this on another thread I did promise that I would do a review of the custom grips that I had made up by forum member Geordie.

    I had bought a standard Crosman 2240 from Godiva Guns in Coventry. I think the gun was up for £110 but bartered him down to £90. The 2240 is a bit of a classic air pistol and packs a bit of a punch and just what I was looking for after owning two HW45's that I could not get on with accuracy wise.

    I knew when I first got the pistol that I was going to modify it as in it's standard guise it is dressed in a lot of cheap looking plastic. I really can't complain for a pistol costing under £100 but I knew I wanted it to look a lot nicer. I'm not usually a fan of blingy looking rifles as I only use them for hunting but a pistol is another thing.

    I had drooled over many images from the internet of modified crosmans and the ones that really caught my eye were the ones with the custom grips. There are plenty of custom grips on the market but they are mostly target grips that don't float my boat. For me the best ones were the combat type grips.

    To obtain these there was at the time only one place to go and that was the good ol' US of A. But this would unknown to me at the time soon change. I emailed the various custom grip makers but each in turn either did not ship to the UK or were for whatever reason no longer producing any more grips or were taking time out.

    A little dismayed I carried on 'blingin' the 2240 with custom parts from Gmac. Firstly a Brass CO2 end cap and then a Brass barrel band and then a Brass breech with extended hollow probe. I think you will agree my project was looking nice?
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    I stripped the trigger down and polished the sears and produced a nicer, smoother trigger action and as an added bonus the cocking stroke is noticeably smoother too. The trigger originally was very 'creepy' now there is a slight creep but its nice because after the slight creep I know it's going to fire, so it's like having a cheap two stage. I also polished the trigger blade taking off the black paint and I think it looks a lot nicer.

    I decided to not bother with a power adjuster as they don't give more power but only offer to adjust it to a lower power, for which I can't see the point? I wanted a full powered pistol so why reduce it? I may as well go out and buy a Webley tempest.

    Now although the project was coming on nicely and I had planned to fit a brass muzzle flip, I was conscious that the pistol was still lacking that "oomph!" yes it was those plastic black grips. Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with them but this gun was meant to be a custom job and how could it be with standard plastic mass produced grips?

    On the AGF one name kept popping up when it came to making custom stocks and that name was 'Geordie'. I started a thread on the forum explaining there was a gap in the market for a custom pistol grip maker for the crosman range. The crosman modding community is absolutely huge and I could not believe that no one was making custom grips in the UK.

    Several forum members commented and eventually Geordie came into the fray and as I hoped took up the challenge of making some custom grips for the 2240 and my pistol would be the guinea pig.

    I was absolutely elated and sent off my original grips for Geordie to work off and eventually the work was complete and he sent them to me. I was astounded at the quality of workmanship, fine walnut crafted into a work of art.

    The problem came when I went to fit them to the pistol frame and there was a slight discrepancy with the size. I have posted an image below as a picture paints a thousand words.
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    It turned out that there are two different (ever so slight) sizes of 2240 frames as the newer models are different to the older ones that geordie used as a template to work off.

    This problem was easily rectified with a bit of wood cutting inside the grips and the screws cut to size. This problem will never happen again as Geordie has now been donated a template that will work for all sizes.

    The grips fit my hand perfectly and give the pistol along with the brass mods, a feel of a real pistol with a bit of heft about it. Unlike the lightweight standard 2240. Everyone that has seen the grips has agreed that they are every bit as good as the ones churned out by the US custom grip makers.

    This 2240 now takes pride of place in my living room looking pretty and everyone that comes into my house comments on "that gun".

    I wont be doing a lot more to the 2240 cosmetic wise as I find it to me aesthetically pleasing and find myself constantly averting my eye to it as I sit watching TV in the evenings it really is that stunning.

    If you want some grips making up I suggest you get your order in pretty damn quick as I think Geordie making these at around the £40 mark is going to be very busy indeed.


    Oh, I early forgot the images of the finished project. What do you think folks?
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  2. shears20

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    Love it.. Great review too. :up:
     
  3. Meteor62

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    Thanks for that mate. Dying to take it in the garden for a shoot up but this bloody weather....
     
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    very nice, and a good review.
     
  5. doodsy

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    very nice grips meteor,i like your pistol,, well done Geordie
     
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    Well done you sir :up:

    Great review, great grips and great work getting that man Geordie on the scene.
     
  7. Meteor62

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    Managed to get out in the garden for an hour with it yesterday, felt like I was shooting with a quality gun.
     
  8. Meteor62

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    Did you ever do any more for the 2240 Geordie ?
     
  9. Mickey O'Neill

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    Great work there mate its a cracking looking pistol
     
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    Very smart mate! I've just bought my boy one for his birthday.I won't show him this thread as it'll cost me even more cash ha!
     
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    Fantastic results!
    Am just setting out for some grips and I now know where to look.
     

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