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Old 06-24-2020, 05:02 PM
bettysnephew bettysnephew is offline
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Smoother MSH for Valkyrie

I recently purchased a couple of Valkyries. The first one is getting near "broke in" and I plan ultimately to carry either one of them in the future. I am trying out different carry options and am finding that the checkered MSH tends to grab my cover shirt pull it up and ultimately expose the pistol. In Iowa concealed means concealed so I am considering changing the MSH on both pistols to a smoother pattern. I notice the older CCO's used a chainlink type. Is this part still available through DW? Are the DW MSH's still made by Ed Brown? It would be nice to keep all parts from DW but I also see EB has a smooth MSH available which may be a better option. A possible concern is that the EB's are shown as blued but that may not be the case if they are stainless.
Are the MSH's generally plug and play or is fitting required?
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Old 06-25-2020, 07:32 PM
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If "MSH" indicates the grips, a fellow in Ohio (Ebay) will make one that is just about anything one could wish. He has a "Sunburst" that is better than others with the same name because the striations run in a more useful direction. Mac
Valkyries are really great. Keep one in stock for a serious fan.
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Old 06-25-2020, 08:25 PM
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DW put a smooth MSH on several guns, including the Guardian. Maybe they still have some in stock?
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Old 08-23-2020, 10:12 PM
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Looked up "MSH." Mainspring housing - the part of the grip along he back beneath the grip safety. Oh my. Great idea to use words to define an abbreviation.
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Old 08-24-2020, 06:16 AM
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Never mind.

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Old 09-15-2020, 11:59 PM
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To answer the OP's question - even something as simple as a MSH can require fitting. I recently ordered a Stan Chen "drop-in mainspring housing" for my Valor Government Model. The part came close to fitting but was a tad too wide. It required some filing as to total width and height of the tracks that fit in the groves of the backstrap.

It looks great and accomplished what I wanted to "fix," which was replacing the factory MSH with its sharp edges on the back corner. The Stan Chen part is more rounded than the factory MSH, while maintaining the same checkering LPI. (In the photo, the grips are VZ thin "Black Cherry" and the grip screws are Wilson Combat Slim Torx Head screws).

There are tons of different MSH's in Brownells and Midway etc. so you should be able to find smooth ones. If the pistol is black (or "blue") then get a black (or "blue") MSH that is stainless steel under the coating/finish of black or blue. That way, it can be filed a bit (in areas you won't see when it is installed) and it won't rust. The Stan Chen MSH is chrome-moly (carbon) steel and I will have to make sure I keep some oil on it.
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