suggest new grips for blue 1911


December 5, 2007, 04:01 AM
Suggestions for grips for a blued, plain jane Colt 1911. Range gun; sometimes wears a Marvel .22 upper.

I tend to prefer "classy" rather than tacti-cool or high-tech looks.

Who makes nice wood grips for 1911s? I just put some Nills on my SIG 232 and love them, but I'd like to avoid another $99 price tag for grips :eek:

Trying to picture whether darker or lighter color woods would look better on a blued pistol.

Grip feel is as important as looks. I have large-ish hands with long-ish thin-ish fingers.

Pics would be great if you got 'em.

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December 5, 2007, 12:04 PM
Who makes nice wood grips for 1911's?
Esmeralda does

December 5, 2007, 01:04 PM

Black Majik
December 5, 2007, 01:53 PM
Ahrends, Hakan Pek, and Esmeralda grips come to mind.

December 5, 2007, 02:42 PM
No pix of my Taurus PT1911, but I like the lighter colored grips on a blued gun. I got a set from Esmaralda (similar to the one on the far left of cmidkiff's post) and I am very happy with them.

December 5, 2007, 11:29 PM
Take a look at the Elk grips from at Or there imation ivory

Steve C
December 6, 2007, 01:56 AM
I bought these double diamond Colt grips with medallion from CDNN Investments (

Tom Fury
December 6, 2007, 01:15 PM
Oh Yeah, (sigh) big time. Even if someone beat me out of a gorgeous set in the time it took to drive home last week...
Cheers, TF

December 6, 2007, 01:20 PM
+2 on the Esmeraldas. I've got her grips on my High Powers and they not only look good, but the fit on them is excellent (better than the factory grips, actually . . .).

December 6, 2007, 07:50 PM
They aren't wood, but I have some pics of my RIA sporting some light (desert blonde) micarta grips on my website, here:


December 6, 2007, 08:05 PM
I'd look into Ahrends.

I went through Top Gun Supply, and was able to work with them (who in turn worked with the people at Ahrends) to get the type of wood I wanted for my former Colt. These are in Moradillo (sp?) - the attempt was to get a classic look for them:

December 6, 2007, 08:09 PM
Burl Wood Grips.

Go to eBay and type in "burl 1911 grips" and be stunned at what you can get for $20-40.

December 6, 2007, 08:38 PM
Lots of nice grips on here, but Steve C's suggestion wins at $24.00!

The Ahrends and Esmeraldas are nice, but out of my budget right now.

December 6, 2007, 08:41 PM
CWL - great tip for ebay, just did, several sets of nice grips for a good price.

December 6, 2007, 08:44 PM
In addition to wood double diamonds, I have run plain ivories, Spegels, and Colt pewters from the 1980s.

They all look pretty good to me.

December 6, 2007, 09:17 PM
It just picked up a pair of the Aruba green/black linen from these folks, and am quite happy. with them. I like grips with a little bite.

December 7, 2007, 11:56 AM
Try - they have factory 2nds where most of the time you can't find the flaw. Hogue makes some beautiful wood grips and the prices on the auction site are very good.

December 9, 2007, 03:02 AM
Check out

From mild to very, very wild, this company makes some really neat looking stuff . . . although some of 'em are too over-the-top for my tastes.

Still . . . some really gorgeous wood grips on that site as you'll discover!


December 9, 2007, 09:18 AM
I'm a fan of Altamont grips. I bought both sets at a gun show in Raleigh.

Black Majik
December 9, 2007, 09:02 PM

Very pretty Frandy. I like your S&W pics you post...

December 9, 2007, 09:08 PM
Have to be wood?

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