Navidrex Grips


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mattw
October 3, 2005, 01:20 PM
I got a pair of dymondwood contoured Navidrex grips for my SA 1911-A1 from Brownell's and they are great! These grips are for Browning Hi-Powers and 1911s.

http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/ProductDetail.aspx?p=9564&title=1911+AUTO+CONTOURED+GRIPS

They are perfect for people like me with smaller-than-average sized hands. They are contoured as to place your hands close to the frame a la slimline grips . The big plus is that you do not need shorter grip screw bushings as you would with the slim grips. If you want a slimmer grip radius without sacrificing the ability to use standard grips, check these out.

The only complaints that I have about these grips is that the checkering is a bit shallow and not very sharp and that on my left (non-ejection port side) grip there is a very minute gap between the grip panel and the frame. I am not sure if I should blame the gap on Navidrex.. it could be that the grips warped slightly during shipping or that it Is their fault and the holes in the grip are cut too small for my bushings.

With those two things aside they do exactly what they advertise, they give you a much slimmer grip radius in the areas needed to get more hand on the gun without taking any material away from the grip-screw areas. The dymondwood looks pretty damn nice on a parkerized gun also. I might have a picture soon, it depends on how many people actually care before I decide wether I should take one or not.

The price seems a bit steep at $48.00, but in my opinion they are worth it.

Where simonich/strider gunner grips get a 9 on my 1-10 scale of grip perfection, these would rate about a 7. The Navidrex grips are very comfortable and look superb. They also have dull checkering and on my unit there is a gap between the grip panel and the frame that does not occur with any other type of grips so far.

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Charles S
October 3, 2005, 01:29 PM
Mattw,

I really like the Navidrex grips for my High Power.

The ones I like are the Thin Grips they really fit my hand well, I was very pleased with their finish.

[URL=http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/ProductDetail.aspx?p=9563&title=BROWNING+HP+COMBAT+GRIPS]Navidrex

Charles

mattw
October 3, 2005, 01:31 PM
I agree that the finish does look very nice, I just don't think that the checkering is sharp enough to be effective.

farscott
October 3, 2005, 01:33 PM
I believe the spelling is "Navidrex", and I agree that the contoured grips are very good for people with small hands. I have a pair of the contoured black micarta grips on a SA Mil-Spec, and I really like the way these fit my hands. They offer most of the advantage of slim grips without the expense of slim bushings and screws.

The micarta is dimensionally very stable, and it is very hard to ding or dent. The only issue with the black micarta is the tendency to "grey" after exposure to sweat. The black color becomes a dark grey over time. Wiping the grips down with oil makes them look okay for a bit, but eventually the grips look as grey as sun-baked pine straw.

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