Do you hate the front strap on your 1911?

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    Do you hate the front strap on your 1911?

    Does anyone else hate the front strap on there TRP or your 1911? I hate the front strap on my Springfield TRP, it feels like a micro plane in my hand. I just can't get use to it. I never thought there was a 1911 that wouldn't feel good in my hand, so I bought it online without ever holding it, to save about $350 dollars, from here local. I did the same thing when I bought my Pointman and it feels great in my hand just like my Kimber. Lesson learned, hold it before I buy it.

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    IIRC the TRP has 20 or 25 LPI checkering, it's a little abrasive on the hands.

    I didn't like the undercut on my Colt XSE, wore the heck out of my middle finger when firing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redrick View Post
    Does anyone else hate the front strap on there TRP or your 1911? I hate the front strap on my Springfield TRP, it feels like a micro plane in my hand. I just can't get use to it. I never thought there was a 1911 that wouldn't feel good in my hand, so I bought it online without ever holding it, to save about $350 dollars, from here local. I did the same thing when I bought my Pointman and it feels great in my hand just like my Kimber. Lesson learned, hold it before I buy it.
    Have you thought about replacing it? Midwayusa has Wilson combat front straps for 9.99.

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    I wouldn't want to put that on it. The only thing I can see to do is ground it down some by a good smith or metal worker. I would probably sell it before I did that, at this point, I think can sell it for what I paid for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phreddy View Post
    Have you thought about replacing it? Midwayusa has Wilson combat front straps for 9.99.
    The Wilson front straps are worthless. There is simply no way you can cinch down your stock screws tight enough to hold the front strap in place under recoil.

    I suppose you could use super-glue, but that just seems so wrong...


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    Quote Originally Posted by redrick View Post
    The only thing I can see to do is ground it down some by a good smith or metal worker.
    Evolution Gun Work can do that, if you choose that route.

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    I wasn't happy with the SA Champ smooth front strap , so got the Pachmyer finger groove insert. I expected it to slide around some , but it has been solid.
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    30 LPI feels great on my Les Baer - I think 20 LPI would be good for a competition gun if you always wore gloves, but it isn't reasonable for a carry gun unless you're on a SWAT team or something and you're always wearing gloves when you carry it.

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    as dry as my hands are, I could use 60 grit sandpaper and still complain about slipping grip. With short beefy fingers it's hard to find just the right grip. My Sig 239 is too slick, and my Kimber compact isn't far behind.


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    My Springer Loaded had a smooth front strap. I put some deck tape on it to help with the grip. I'd like to get it checkered some time in the future.
    Bend the knees, smooth is fast, watch the front sight.

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    My Kimbers are just fine for me, but if you need instant help...

    1911 AUTO CHECKERED FRONT STRAP at Brownells


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    My hands are pretty slippery too. When I ordered my custom Les Baer I got it with ivory grips, which are beautiful, but it would twist in my grip when I fired it. I got some checkered rosewood grips, and those were slightly better but still pretty slippery. Maybe if they were unfinished wood it would have been better. Then I got some VZ Gator grips made of rough finished canvas micarta - they are awesome and the gun stays in my grip like a vise. The 30 LPI checkered frontstrap and MSH help, but the grips are the main thing IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    My Kimbers are just fine for me, but if you need instant help...

    1911 AUTO CHECKERED FRONT STRAP at Brownells


    ...just a thought!
    Those are worthless!

    (See post #5).

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    I agree.

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    I had given some tought to the "deck tape" on the front strap (on the Sig P239 - NOT the Kimber), and might just try it if I could be sure that the tape "goo" would come off without damaging the finish if the tape came off.


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