1911 what grips whould I get?(historical question)

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    Question 1911 what grips whould I get?(historical question)

    Ok this honest imput for all of ya, I jus wanted to hear your opinion to help mine out. I just bought my first 1911a1, the springfield basic GI. I love it other than the wood grips with the "US" on themugly), because I like things more authentic to an original looking 1911. I would like to make it look WW2 orignal, but looking up ones from that time they were all bakelite or brown plastic. I also love the look of wood grips, but from what I understand they were only used in ww1-after? Were any wood grips used in ww2?
    Should I go for looks?, or the real authentic plastic ones?.
    I know of many places to get the wood ones, but also do you guys know any place that sells the plastic ones, samco is the only one I've found.
    Imput welcome, thnks guys

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    Just use wood

    no ideal on where to get plastic

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    Checkered walnut is the way to go.

    Herrett's sells GI style 1911 stocks.

    http://www.herrett-stocks.com/


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    I also love the look of wood grips, but from what I understand they were only used in ww1-after?
    Double diamond walnut stocks were used up to circa 1924, at which time they were changed to fully checkered walnut (no diamonds). Plastic stocks were approved for use by Ordnance as an alternate design on 5 Oct. 1939, introduced in 1940 and a few fully checkered walnuts can be found on Colt pistols (the only company making M1911A1s at that time) shipped in 1941. The other manufactures of M1911A1s used plastic from the start.

    Were any wood grips used in ww2?
    Yes and no. Many examples of arsenal refurbished pistols can be found that retain their original wood stocks.

    You can find the original Keyes Fiber stocks here;
    http://www.simpsonltd.com/index.php?cPath=201_262

    If you want the most authentic (correct amount of lines checkering between diamonds) double diamond walnut stocks, C&S has the best I have seen.
    https://shop.cylinder-slide.com/ccp5...str=HOME:57:12
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    This post, http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...328#post393328, has pics of my 1942 issue Remington Rand, with what I believe are the original grips. I have tried others, but I keep going back to these.
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    wholberg,

    Can't tell from the picture, are they plastic? (if they're wood, they aren't original)

    Your serial number dates to '45
    Remington Rand 1945 :2380014-2619013
    Last RR made, 2465139. Total produced that year, 85,126

    The late R-R stocks should look like these,
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD View Post
    wholberg,

    Can't tell from the picture, are they plastic? (if they're wood, they aren't original)

    Your serial number dates to '45
    Remington Rand 1945 :2380014-2619013
    Last RR made, 2465139. Total produced that year, 85,126

    The late R-R stocks should look like these,
    OD, I really appreciate that information, I learn something new every day. Grips are walnut, so not original, but fairly old. The s/n info I found on the web contradicts what you say, but I am more likely to believe a real person (you) than something stuck in a web page who knows when. In any event, I have tried other grips but I like the checkered wood in the photo the best.
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    Your serial number is 2,400,636 correct?
    (another way to date the slides, is by the size of the address rollmarking, yours is a type 3, used from approximately 980000 to the end of production)

    Production figures.
    http://coolgunsite.com/pistols/colt%20production.htm
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    OD, one of these days I'm just going to have to follow you around for a week or so and just maybe some of the things you know will rub off on me.

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    I'm sure we could learn a lot from each other, my friend.
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