Thinline or Standard grips for a carry 1911?

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    Thinline or Standard grips for a carry 1911?

    Before I start carrying my 1911 seriously I've got a question for all of you out there who carry 1911s. Do you find that thinline grips are better for you, or does it not matter? I know I'll have to change the bushings and screws out if I decide to get some thinline grips. Right now on my CBOB I have a set of Horned Lizard Monkey Grips in black.

    Just wondering if anyone prefers the thinline grips for carry.
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    I have Crimson Trace Laser grips on mine, and although I love them, I wish they were a bit thinner.

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    When I carried 1911s, I always slapped a set of extra slim stock panels on mine. They definitely aid with concealment.
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    I like the thin grip panels.
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    Prefer thin panels

    I prefer the thin grips on a 1911 for carry. I use these thin Alumagrips on my Kimber Pro CDP. They knock about 0.20 inches off the grip thickness.

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    .2 inches doesn't seem like a whole lot really. Wish I could get a feel for the thinline before ordering a pair and some bushings & screws...gonna be about $70 when it's all done which could pay for more ammo

    Anyone know if there's a production gun that comes with thinline grips that I may find to get a feel of?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmdrdredd View Post
    ....Anyone know if there's a production gun that comes with thinline grips that I may find to get a feel of?
    Take a stock panel off your 1911 and take grip of the Piece (with one panel installed). Two thin panels will give you about the same circumference and feel.
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    I have standard sized grips on my Commander. I'd say I have average sized hands and the pistol feels very comfortable in my hand. Never tried slim grips because I never felt the need.
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    Here's a set I purchased from Brownells a few years ago. Pretty thin concealment panels, for sure. They were an "Ultra Slim" model.

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    Kinda like asking what size glove you should get...

    Depends in part on whether you have a long trigger or a short trigger, also a straight or arched mainspring housing. Mostly it depends on the size of your own hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmdrdredd View Post
    .2 inches doesn't seem like a whole lot really. Wish I could get a feel for the thinline before ordering a pair and some bushings & screws...gonna be about $70 when it's all done which could pay for more ammo

    Anyone know if there's a production gun that comes with thinline grips that I may find to get a feel of?
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    You can "tweeners" from Sarge at "thefinergrain" Yep,.... they're between standard and thin grips.
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    It's a personal preference matter, but I strongly prefer thin grips for carry purposes.

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    My Baer TRS came with them. ( The option is NOT possible with an ambi safety). Feel, and concealment are greatly improved by that nice option. Keep in mind that the TRS is a Government model, so it IS noticeable when you get a full grip on the gun.

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    On my STI Shadow (3" Officer's), I have slim grips. Fits very nicely and rides very flat. But then, I have a relatively small hand that does better with a slightly smaller grip circumference. YMMV, depending on your hand size and preferences.
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