I purchased my first 1911, RIA Tactical, and would like to replace the grips. There are alot of choices. What about the finger grips, good or bad? And what makes a tactical grip, smooth or partially smooth? I think I want something with more grippage. What do you all like?
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Kind of Blued
February 28, 2009, 07:17 PM
Check out VZ Grips if you want something textured for lots of grippage.
February 28, 2009, 07:29 PM
i am not a fan of finger groves on grips, my hands and fingers know where to go. they do nothing for me. my favorite grips for a 1911 would be the pachmyer rubber wrap around. and a close 2nd would be the simonich gunner grips, and in tan to be exact they would look great against the black of the gun.
February 28, 2009, 08:22 PM
And what makes a tactical grip, smooth or partially smooth?
"Tactical" 1911 stocks are the ones that have a diagonal front half of the panel that is stippled or checkered, with the rear half being smooth.
Like the ones on the pistol seen here (http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.topgunsupply.com/images/large/d_246.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.topgunsupply.com/ahrends-govt-1911-wood-grips-tactical-cocobolo.html&usg=__H5CsiXy-EU-pMKJdp2SaU6OedNM=&h=342&w=600&sz=141&hl=en&start=5&um=1&tbnid=kITFJLNqFSXy7M:&tbnh=77&tbnw=135&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dtactical%2B1911%2Bgrips%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG).
February 28, 2009, 08:39 PM
I like the Pearce rubber grips and finger grooves. My hands don't seem to work as well as they used to and I find the traction and comfort of the rubber grips a help. I shoot steel and practice a lot so the grips really help.
I have long fingers so with both items installed, the grip is "fuller" for me. The nice thing about Pearce is the grips and finger grooves are separate so you can play around with one, the other or both to see what you like. (Or, you can put the finger grooves under your existing wood grips.)
The Hogue checkered side panels are inexpensive, not slippery and halfway decent-looking.
February 28, 2009, 11:29 PM
I received an RIA Tactical as gift from my wife (thanks dear). After I put a set of Pachmayr grips on the gun it was much more controlable and I am now most accurate with it over all my other handguns.
Mine, on my Hi Power are rubber and have a side activation. I would prefer a front strap activation, but they don't seem to make that option for the Hi Power. They do make that as an option for the 1911.
If Laser Grips are not an option for you, for whatever reason, I'd go with a set of Pac's that have the rubber front strap, but no finger grooves. On my 1911 I have a set of Hogue's in rubber with no front strap. I put a piece of Skateboard Tape on my front strap due to "slippage".
March 1, 2009, 08:10 AM
Get some Horned Lizard grips from Davidsons. They are not short on grippiness:D