Did the same. My pics died though.I sanded it and used red mahogany. Finished it up with a couple coats of polyurethane
They offer better heat protection over the std forearm. They grew on me. I originally wanted to cut it down but after awhile, I found I liked them.i'm just guessing, but those grips were probably designed to help during full auto fire.
since mine's a semi, it's gotta go.