1911 grip question

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    1911 grip question

    I have noticed that some grips have a groove cut into it that allows your thumb to more easily reach the mag release. Do you people with smaller hands find that it makes much of a difference? I do have trouble reaching the mag release without slightly tilting the gun. The problem is that the grips that I want to order for my new 1911 (aluma grip smooth thin) don't offer it as a option. VZ grips do but they don't have the style I want.
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    You know the answer to the Rollo. function first.

    Now if you find a style that has both function AND looks....

    Edit to add: BTW..I'm excited for you with your new gun!
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    Rollo, you should have easy access to the mag release with thinner/slim stocks as the circumference on the grip will be less.
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arko View Post
    You know the answer to the Rollo. function first.

    Now if you find a style that has both function AND looks....

    Edit to add: BTW..I'm excited for you with your new gun!
    Yea lol, I know... Function is first and foremost and if it comes down to it i'll get the better fit. I just wish I could put both in my hand but none of the 1911's at ly LGS have ones with the groove.

    The three week wait is killing me!! I ordered my super tuck and going to order my grips and screws/bushings this Friday because I want to have everything in place the second I pick it up lol. I even have 300 rounds of .45 set aside for it. 100 WWB, 100 Dads Reloads and 100 185g speer gold dots (my preferred defensive ammo.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by los View Post
    Rollo, you should have easy access to the mag release with thinner/slim stocks as the circumference on the grip will be less.
    Ahhhhhh, I never thought of that. The smaller circumference will probably make a big difference.

    On a side note. I know this is backwards to what most people usually do but is it difficult to go from a ambi safety to a standard one? I have no real need for ambi and it really just adds to the width of the gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    On a side note. I know this is backwards to what most people usually do but is it difficult to go from a ambi safety to a standard one? I have no real need for ambi and it really just adds to the width of the gun.
    Not hard at all, remove the ambi and fit a single sided thumb safety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    Not hard at all, remove the ambi and fit a single sided thumb safety.
    Yup. Easy install.

    What type of thumb safety are you looking at? Extended or old school standard issue?
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by los View Post
    Yup. Easy install.

    What type of thumb safety are you looking at? Extended or old school standard issue?
    I haven't picked one out yet but I'd like to go with whatever provides the slimmest form factor.
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    Congrats on the 1911, they are great! An ambi safety is nice for off hand usage, though mine is right hand usage only for the reasons you mentioned. I hope you receive everything timely!

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    What 1911 did you get? Any pics yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DUNDEM View Post
    What 1911 did you get? Any pics yet?

    Haven't got it yet :( Another three week wait. However this is what I am getting.

    Springfield Armory

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    Be careful with alumagrips. They trap moisture around them and can allow your frame to gather some rust if you're not thorough with maintenance.
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    I am a HUGE fan of the VZ grips over the alumigrips, maybe because out here the alumigrips get to 500 degrees :)

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    I really like Larry Davidson's grips for 1911s. He can do custom work and cut out a thumb relief for hitting the mag release if you would like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmdrdredd View Post
    I really like Larry Davidson's grips for 1911s. He can do custom work and cut out a thumb relief for hitting the mag release if you would like.
    Never heard of him but I'll check them out. Do you mean monkey grips? That's what I got my I googled his name.Thanks for the info on alumagrips, I wasn't aware of the moisture issue.
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