The primer that I found is some sort of maroon-ish color. It might make the end result appear darker, but I think it will still work. It better work. I guess I could have tested it on another piece of wood but I got excited.
So just a reminder of where I stand on all of the items on the "To-Do List":
6. Paint and Seal
7. Attach leather grip.
THE END IS NIGH! THE END IS NIGH!