I'm a big fan of VZ Grips made from G10. I'm particularly fond of the "black cherry" offerings.
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What is the current thinking on what grips to use on a 1911? My trusty old MK IV/Series 70 is asking for new grips (still has the stock Colt grips) and I'm wondering what folks are finding to be good options.
Let me know what you think!
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I'm a fan of Alumagrip. They fit great, and when you soak your guns in as much oil as I do, they're the ticket. Offer a good grip feel too.
Colt Commander LW. I think shooting twice is just plain silly.
My local gunsmith thinks nothing but wrap-around Pac's are appropriate and I can see his point. The pistol is so very controllable with them. I like checkered wood panels with dimensions on the thin side, or at least no thicker than the factory stocks historically provided on Colt guns, whether they be checkered walnut or the WWII "Coltwood." Don't like the old hard "Coltwood" plastic stocks with the molded in checkering though for they are too "squirmy" under recoil. It's more effort to keep the pistol in place while shooting it. That would also be the reason to avoid uncheckered wood, ivory, mother-of-pearl, imitations thereof, or any other slick, hard grip.
I don't like the tackiness of the rubber grips, clinging to clothing and increasing the chance of corrosion beneath the grips.
With its original factory "Coltwood" stocks as provided during and after World War II. A bit too slick, requiring additional effort for precise control.
Sharply checkered stocks made of some sort of exotic wood that is both hard and tough. Sent by a friend as a gift. Ahhh...just right. Provides great control of the pistol and doesn't cling to clothing. I probably attach too much importance to that issue but the rubber just bugs me.
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I put VZ grips on both my Kimbers. G-10's in black cherry and tiger stripe. They feel great.
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Call me a traditionalist, but my three 1911s all wear checkered walnut grips. They just feel right in my hand, offering sufficient grip without the bulk that would defeat the overall slenderness of the gun. I might go with G10 some day, especially on a stainless gun, but I'm not there yet.
Now for a "barbeque" gun, I can easily see fancy smooth wood or some of Esmerelda's artistic creations...
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I use Raasco Dymondwood grips. Great price, durable, light, and the checkering makes them easy to hold onto.
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VZ's are tough to beat for a hard use gun, durable and pretty. Although some of their offerings are hard to conceal against skin due to their abrasiveness.
I love the classic look and feel of real wood on blued steel. That's just the way it was meant to be.
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I recently ordered a set of carbon fiber tactical checkered grips for my CCO. I'll report on these once they get here.
Wicked Grips has some way off the beaten path stuff and you can special order what you want. Ed Strange is a fantastic guy to deal with.
Esmeralda as mentioned.
Ahrends makes some beautiful woods as well.
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Black Hogue grips on mine
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