New Frontstrap Checkering on my 1911

New Frontstrap Checkering on my 1911

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    New Frontstrap Checkering on my 1911

    Hello all,

    I recently decided that I would like frontstrap checkering on my Kimber Ultra Stainless II. Having an aluminum frame, I was told by Kimber that the checkering would cost $220 plus shipping. Sucks right? Well after hanging up then cursing aloud at how much things cost these days, I forgot about it for a while. Well fast foward a few weeks, and I am in a local gunstore chatting it up with the owner about the problem. He said he had a possible solution. He went in the back and came back with this:
    http://www.wilsoncombat.com/a_frontstrap.asp

    I said for 10 dollars I'd give it a try. I ordered it in stainless and had them install it for me so it wouldn't move. Let me tell you, this thing is GREAT!!! It doesn't budge, and is as good as or better than some factory checkering jobs I have felt. So I figured I'd let you all know and hope I help someone like a good gunstore owner helped me.
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    Thanks for the thread, and a great resource.
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    I have used the Wilson checkered front strap on my Colt LW Commander for some time now, without any serious problems. Allow me to explain that.

    The front strap is held in place by friction only; that is, remove the stocks, position the front strap in place, then re-install the stocks & cinch the stock screws down as tight as possible, holding the front strap in place by pressure.

    Under most circumstances, this will suffice. However, unless your gunsmith coated the inside of the front strap with some type of epoxy, it will move, or shift postion, under the forces of recoil.

    This is not a major problem. I have noticed that my Commander's front strap will slip down slightly after firing 50 or so rounds of hardball ammo. Since it would be highly unlikely that I would fire 50 rounds in a self defense shooting situation, the front strap slipping down under recoil is not a concern to me.

    The Wilson front strap is an excellent inexpensive alternative to pricey hand checkering. Remember to check the tightness of your stock screws on a regular basis.


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    It might cause some wear , epecially in an alum. frame.
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    The Wilson Checkered Front Strap.

    I would carefully trim it and finish file it...degrease the frame front strap...and then just install/set it on with Epoxy.

    It can always be removed later on by warming up the front strap to 425 degrees with a heat gun & then popping it back off again without doing any heat damage to the frame or underlying finish.
    Setting it on with an even layer of Epoxy would prevent any moisture/water from being able to migrate under there...which would promote rusting of the frame.
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