Custom Bobtail 1911 Grips?


February 22, 2009, 05:58 PM
It's Sunday, Mr.Revolver got my gun weenie all tingly posting links to CBOB reviews and I'm bored.

Put all that together and I get interested in spending my money before I get it.

Has anyone here put custom grips on their bobtails? If so, where'd you get them and what's the story?

Of course, this thread is useless without pics!!

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February 22, 2009, 06:11 PM

Esmeralda gets an extra $29 for bobtailing her grips.

February 22, 2009, 06:16 PM
See Sarge at The Finer Grain (

Esmerelda's grips are definitely nice, but I prefer the way that Sarge does his beveling on the bobbed areas. Gorgeous selection of woods, too. I hope I'll be ordering a pair from him fairly soon.


February 22, 2009, 06:18 PM

Those are expensive....and BEAUTIFUL.

February 22, 2009, 06:39 PM
I bought my grips for my CZ DW CBOB .45ACP from VZGrips ( Mine our the 320 Black Paper Micartas. They require you call in any orders that are for Bobtail cut (If I remember right, there is no additional cost for cutting them Bobtail). I really like Sarge's grips over at The Finer Grain. He does some fantastic work, as does Esmeralda. That's the problem with ordering custom 1911 grips, there is a lot of cool looking grips out there to choose from, trying to decide on which pair or two you want for your gun can sometimes be very exhausting.:D

Here's a pic of my CBOB with the VZs on it:

B. Adams
February 22, 2009, 06:43 PM
I have slim Alumagrips ( on my Dan Wesson, and I like them a lot. It looks like this particular model goes for $60 now. I've been very happy with all the Alumigrips I've bought, they're very well made and ship quickly.

I'm pretty sure I have a set of clear-anodized bobtail slim Alumigrips at home, that I don't have any plans for and might be willing to sell. PM me if you're interested.

February 22, 2009, 06:44 PM
Nice pics on both of those CBOBs.

I like the hex head they come standard with the pistol, or with the grips?

B. Adams
February 22, 2009, 06:56 PM
do they come standard with the pistol, or with the grips?

I believe my CBOB came standard with hex screws, but they were blued/black, as were the bushings.
The screws I have on there now are newer. They're shorter for the slimline grips, along with shorter bushings, all stainless.

Screws typically are not included with grips, although some manufacturers will sell you a set when you buy the grips. They're typically cheaper from places like Brownell's, but it's nice to have the option.

I agree with you though, I think the hex screws look a lot better than screws with slotted heads.

February 22, 2009, 06:58 PM
CZ DW CBOBs all come with stainless hex head screws from the factory (as far as I know). If you buy a CZ DW CBOB and you decide on getting a pair of slim/thin grips (some manufactures also call them ultra slim/thin), you will need to buy a set bushings and screws that are made for the slim/thin grips. CZ DW CBOBs come with standard thickness 1911 grips and the factory installed bushings and screws are for standard thickness grips. Hope this helps.

B. Adams, Are you sure your DW CBOB came with blued hex screws? I wonder if some of the older DW CBOBs did. Mine was manufactured early last year and came with the stainless ones.

February 22, 2009, 07:03 PM
here's a set of Larry Davidson horned lizard grips on my bobtail

B. Adams
February 22, 2009, 07:10 PM
B. Adams, Are you sure your DW CBOB came with blued hex screws?

No, I can't say for certain that they were blued. It's very possible that they were stainless, and in retrospect it seems very likely. I'll check when I get home, if only to satisfy my curiousity.

I do remember specifically that the bushings were blued, which seemed odd since there are no other blued parts on the gun.

February 22, 2009, 07:12 PM
Ahrends also offers bobtail grips...

February 22, 2009, 07:18 PM
Yep, I believe my bushings were blued instead of stainless too if I remember right when I changed out my grips. By the way, I really like the way those slim Alumagrips look on your CBOB (real sharp looking).

February 22, 2009, 07:54 PM
My '08 CBOB has stainless hex grip screws, and blued grip screw bushings. Extractor, ejector, and hammer are also blued.

Rembrandt, I love that EB! That looks slick :cool:


February 22, 2009, 11:13 PM
Don't forget hand crafted grips from Hakan.

February 22, 2009, 11:17 PM
Don't forget hand crafted grips from Hakan.

February 23, 2009, 10:05 AM
Wow. I are stoopid.

I posted this to get some ideas before I finally got my hands on the CBOB and all I've done is get me excited. I feel like a kid on December 22nd. Christmas is close, but still so far away.

Sounds like the order of business for me is to get my CBOB, grab a few extra Ed Brown magazines and decide on 1-2 sets of grips.

Thanks for all the help guys!

Hey CZF....cigars and .45? You're my kind of dude.

February 23, 2009, 11:08 AM
its not a real lot of work to bob yourself very little needs removed I did a couple sets with just some sand paper and less than 30 min.

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