Opinions on Kimber grips?

Opinions on Kimber grips?

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    Opinions on Kimber grips?

    I'm thinking about swapping out the stock grips on my Ultra CDP II with these:
    Kimber America Store > Kimber smooth rosewood grips, compact

    Has anyone tried them? Are they any thinner than the stock rosewood grips? At about $50 shipped they look like a good deal. I've also been looking at some smooth rosewood Esmeralda grips. Are they worth the extra over the Kimbers?

    I want to stick with rosewood so the Alumagrips and others like the Larry Davidsons are out. IMO, the rosewood looks best on the Kimber Ultra CDPs.

    Thanks for any input.


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    I prefer these and both my Kimbers wear them. I know those checkered rosewood grips are definetly out. They will eat your hands up quick. Those smooth rosewood grips sure are pretty and I think you would do well going that route if you like the rosewood.

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    Just another option for your consideration: Burled Walnut Crimson Trace grips. IMO, they look great on the UltraCDPII. (I may be a little partial to this one, though.)

    The checkering is so smooth and shallow you can barely feel it. It does add a little "grippy-ness" but not rough at all. Plus, obviously, you get the added benefit of a laser sight without making your sweet 1911 look like a race gun.

    Like I said, just another option to think about.

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    Have you tried Ebay?

    One of the best sources for handgun grips is Ebay. The selection is very large and the prices can be quite good if you shop carefully. For example, here is an auction presently underway for some smooth Officer's grips in cocobolo wood:

    Ebay auction link - Officers grips, cocobolo

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    Thanks for the replies,

    Those Burled Walnut CT grips look nice. I didn't know they had a Burled Walnut. Do they look/feel similar to real wood or plastic? Also, do they make the grip feel much wider? The thought of a laser is nice but I'm not sure I'll want it if it makes the gun feel more bulky.

    The ones on eBay look good too. Is the quality there? Outside of possibly price, any other benefits over the factory grips? I'll track the auction to see how much they eventually go for. If it's close, I think I'll lean towards factory Kimber grips.

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    I put smooth rosewood thin grips on my CDP Pro and it does make a significant improvement on the concealability, thinner grip and smooth so cover garmets or tucked shirts slide over it much better. They do seem to hurt my accuracy though, guess my hands are just built for full thickness grips. Would love to get my Pro bobtailed though.

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    I had a pair of ebay gun grip grips and they fit fine....but I eventually went back to the rubber on my TLE becuase it felt just right.....

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    The Raptor grips are nice :)




    And VZ makes some nice grips too

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    I sent you a PM as I have some Kimber elite laminated grips in ruby and charcoal if you are interested.

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    I really liked the Chip McCormick Checkered Rosewood(In color only I think) Slim grips. Increased concealability and I have small hands so it helped that as well. The Checkering gave a good grip but didn't chew up the hands. I highly recommend them.
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    The McCormick's are great, nice and slim and look good.




    I also like my slim VZ Gatorbacks too!



    Did NOT like the looks of the Alumagrips though.


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    Thanks again for the replies everyone,

    Again, I want to stick a rosewood color. Definitely don't like the charcoal/ruby. The Chip McCormick Checkered Rosewood slim grips look real good. I'm still leaning towards the smooth wood though. Are the Kimber smooth rosewood grips any slimmer?

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    I purchased the Kimber rosewood grips for my Desert Warrior. They're a good deal.

    On the other hand, I changed the rosewood grips on my Ultra CDP II to slimline Alumagrips. They're definitely more comfortable for concealed carry. I also have some smooth shed elk antler grips for it.

    Regardless of the grip material, consider getting smooth grips for your CCW. The grips from Esmeralda are really excellent. I've admired lots of them.

    Here's the Desert Warrior with the Kimber rosewood grips:




    Alongside the Ultra CDP II in its original configuration:



    Ultra CDP II w/ shed elk antler grips from Antler Crafts of Oregon:


    And with the slim Alumagrips. I like these best for concealed carry comfort, and they're a great value:
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    I have two Kimbers and put new grips on each...see 'esmeralda grips'...on line
    She has some great selections...unique!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasabi View Post
    Thanks again for the replies everyone,

    Again, I want to stick a rosewood color. Definitely don't like the charcoal/ruby. The Chip McCormick Checkered Rosewood slim grips look real good. I'm still leaning towards the smooth wood though. Are the Kimber smooth rosewood grips any slimmer?
    I beleive you can get the McCormicks in smooth.
    In God we trust, everyone else keep your hands where I can see them.

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