alternative grips for 1911s

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    Question alternative grips for 1911s

    im looking at some subcompact 1911s such as kimber aegis & springfield EMP but im not a big fan of the grips- how they feel or look.
    what other grips are available that are maybe more comfy? are there laser grips available for them as well?

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    For the Kimber, yes laser grips are available, as well as multitudes of other style grips. The EMP has a smaller grip, thus the grips are different and there are few after market grips with the exception of Mil-Tac G10 grips which run around $65 a set IIRC.

    I prefer Hogue rubber panels, VZ micarta grips, and the various makes of G10 grips.


    http://vzgrips.com/

    http://store.mil-tac.com/index.asp?P...TS&Category=14

    http://www.hogueinc.com/getgrip/merc...l?id=24&step=2

    http://www.crimsontrace.com/default.asp?id=13

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    I think the Kimber would be a Officers frame so there should be laser grips for them you would have to call crimsontrace to make sure they would fit

    as for other grips sure just find what ya like and go from there again look for officers frame

    Emp is smaller yet so probably out of luck

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    whats the difference in thickness and concealability of the kimber aegis II vs springfield EMP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by friesepferd View Post
    whats the difference in thickness and concealability of the kimber aegis II vs springfield EMP?
    dont have a clue there

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    Quote Originally Posted by friesepferd View Post
    whats the difference in thickness and concealability of the kimber aegis II vs springfield EMP?
    The are roughly the same overall size IIRC, it's just that Springfield had to re-design some aspects of the 1911 to make it accommodate smaller cartridges than the .45ACP.

    The only drastic difference is that the grip of the EMP has less circumference. I want to say maybe a 1/4" difference is all, but I'm not entirely sure.

    If you check Kimber and Springfield's websites you should find the spec sheets.

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    FYI, after contacting many premier custom 1911 grip makers about making a set of African Ebony (thin and smooth) for my Detonics CombatMaster, all but one custom builder declined to undertake the task.

    The CombatMaster has very short grips, shorter that those found on most compact 1911s such as the OM.

    Mr. Rojas of Castelan Designs was the only custom maker that had no problem with my request. He promptly returned my emails and his charge for the grips was very reasonable. Turn-around-time for these totally custom grips was quoted at a blazing 2 weeks.

    I should recieve them next week.

    Here's his site with many photos of his work....

    http://www.castelandesigns.com/store...p?productid=28
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    For my old Commander, I wrapped the entire grip in rubber: Pearce finger groove front strap underlays (they fit UNDERNEATH the grip panels), Hogue palm swell grips, Pachmayr rubber-covered flat mainspring housing, and Pachmayr rubber-covered beavertail grip safety.

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    i guess i didnt really say this in my first post very clearly. i guess im looking for something more of a polymer instead of wood like. id like something a little softer

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    I would check http://midwayusa.com they have have a huge selection of grips that would fit the smaller 1911's
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    Quote Originally Posted by friesepferd View Post
    i guess i didnt really say this in my first post very clearly. i guess im looking for something more of a polymer instead of wood like. id like something a little softer
    The hogue slip on finger groove ones would probably fit the job here. They are designed for polymer framed guns that you can't change the grip panels on, but there is no reason that they would not fit or work on a 1911 that you can't find grips for.
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    I've always had great luck with Pachmayr rubber grips... Pachmayr were one of the 1st in the aftermarket grip makers being around 35 plus years.

    They make a large variety including recoil absorbing in their Decelerator series and combination wood/rubber on their Legend series.

    They also make good quality slip on grips too.

    You'll have to check their website to see what's available for the guns you want.

    http://www.pachmayr.com/pachmayr/index.htm
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    Look at hogue if you dont want wood

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    Would suggest that you take a close look at the VZ line. Especially the canvas micarta.

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