Cool grips for 1911 Compact....Need Ideas


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David E
October 24, 2010, 06:51 PM
Long story short, I need a really cool set of grips for a stainless 1911 Compact. It's to be a special anniversary gift from my wife to me. (I'll act surprised!)

No more than $150

I'm aware of Esmeralda and have submitted that site to the wife, but I'm having trouble finding anything else that's up the the task of looking great while being practical grips.

I tried to locate Tony Rist, but all the links to his site come up dead.

Ideas?

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IBEWBULL
October 24, 2010, 06:56 PM
http://www.e1911pistolgrips.com/1911-pistol-grips/1911-ivory-grips/

Some options , I got my gift grips from sportsmans guide Ivory look USN.
I put them on my 38 super Commander.

JTQ
October 24, 2010, 06:59 PM
The Finer Grain
http://shop.thefinergrain.com/

David E
October 24, 2010, 07:25 PM
Thanks, guys, keep 'em coming !

JTQ
October 24, 2010, 07:33 PM
Of course you have the usual suspects.

Hogue
http://www.getgrip.com/

Davidsons
http://www.davidsonknives.com/grips/grips.htm

VZ
http://vzgrips.com/

DevilDog0402
October 24, 2010, 07:37 PM
I went with the white buffalo bone grips from this place: http://www.handicraft-vn.com/shop/pistol-grip-natural-1911a1-grips-compact-full-size-c-101_102.html

It took a good 3 or 4 weeks to get them, since they aren't made until you order them (and they're shipped from Vietnam), but I think it was worth the wait. I'm thinking of picking up a set the black horn grips as well.

Here's my Springfield Champ wearing the Bone grips:

http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q261/BLACK00Z28_photos/CIMG0169.jpg

G27RR
October 24, 2010, 09:00 PM
I was looking for the same sort of thing and asked Esmeralda if she could make me a set that combined some aspects of her grips with custom inscriptions. Here is the result...

http://i1143.photobucket.com/albums/n634/G27RR/STIEscortProTexana.jpg

http://i1143.photobucket.com/albums/n634/G27RR/STIEscortProEcclesia.jpg

Larry makes awesome grips for shooting, and I have three sets, butif you want something customized/unique/etc look into asking a grip maker to do something personal for you. The mosaic checkering on these makes for a good gripping surface, too.

Skylerbone
October 24, 2010, 11:34 PM
See post #3, you won't regret it! Post #6 links to a guy who accepted money from numerous would-be buyers and left them high and dry.

David E
October 24, 2010, 11:56 PM
G27RR, how long did it take Esmeralda to get those grips done?

G27RR
October 25, 2010, 10:21 AM
I believe it was right at four weeks and didn't cost much more than most of the grips on her site.

MattTheHat
October 25, 2010, 10:32 AM
PM sent.


-Matt

David E
October 25, 2010, 03:25 PM
PM replied to.

Thanks!

MrIzhevsk
October 25, 2010, 03:49 PM
Hakken Pek did these grips for my pops, they look even better in person
http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo121/CreamE30/DSCN1482.jpg

foreverpsycotic
October 26, 2010, 05:41 PM
http://www.stingerpaintballdesigns.com/

They make many many different "stock" grips, or you can send them a custom design and they can get it in a grip for you. I haven't used their 1911 grips, but have used their grips on various paintball markers and the fit and finish is always fantastic.

Skylerbone
October 27, 2010, 12:25 AM
David E., you might also like a look at 1911 Forum.com's official gripmakers showcase. http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=264029&page=3. The link is to page 3, graphics intense (if you're on dialup) but some great works from various makers including Sarge.

Olympus
October 27, 2010, 10:38 AM
There's also a thread at the 1911Forum specifically for gripmakers to showcase their work.

Skylerbone
October 27, 2010, 06:45 PM
That's the one I posted above Olympus, I really enjoyed your work as well. Might have to have a look around...; - )

bigfatdave
October 27, 2010, 07:12 PM
Alumagrips are thin, light, tough, and I think you can get a custom engraving on them.

Sky
October 27, 2010, 07:29 PM
Crimsontrace are not necessary pretty but are nice to have.

cyclopsshooter
October 27, 2010, 07:36 PM
anything but punisher grips

Zerodefect
October 27, 2010, 08:00 PM
The Finer Grain
http://shop.thefinergrain.com/

This!

Aka:Sarges grips.

Greg528iT
October 28, 2010, 09:41 AM
Sky Crimsontrace are not necessary pretty but are nice to have.

Exactly.. Anyone with enough ummm to buy a set of crimson trace grips and retro fit some wood panels (bone or other exotic) over the top????

Like the finger grip ribs that fit under existing grip panels

Olympus
October 28, 2010, 01:37 PM
That's the one I posted above

I guess I wasn't paying close enough attention. There's also a thread on this forum with a lot of pages of grips as well. I think it's in the Handguns: General section.

Alumagrips are thin, light, tough, and I think you can get a custom engraving on them.

Saw a set of metal grips on guy's Detonics officer frame. I don't think they were aluminum because they were pretty dang heavy. They were kind of plain and didn't really bring any "wow" factor, but there was something about them that I really liked! They had a good feel to them for some reason. Never tried the Alumagrips, but would say that they would be similar except for the weight.

bigfatdave
October 28, 2010, 07:10 PM
I really dig my alumagrips, I went with the slimline for an Officer's size 1911 and it is now a perfect fit. I like my guns thin, and I don't think a steel-framed .45 could be much thinner unless I ran it without grips at all.

The only complaint I see is that the grip screws can loosen up a bit, but I run 2-300 rounds through and only need to tweak the screws when I detail clean.

Mine are the style with what I'd call "smashed checkering" it has the grooves but not the pointy bits. Goog grip even with a wet hand, but it doesn't make my shirt ride up or tear up my skin.

For the OP - I had no desire to engrave, but I remember it was an option on some styles.

Rail Driver
October 28, 2010, 07:15 PM
I'd like to find a set of transparent officers frame grips. I think that would be really neat. I seem to remember a thread or post about a guy that made some to put a picture behind them.

Olympus
October 29, 2010, 01:48 PM
I'd like to find a set of transparent officers frame grips. I think that would be really neat. I seem to remember a thread or post about a guy that made some to put a picture behind them.

Be pretty easy to do. I'm sure any custom gripmaker would be able to accommodate that.

G27RR
October 30, 2010, 10:55 AM
Exactly.. Anyone with enough ummm to buy a set of crimson trace grips and retro fit some wood panels (bone or other exotic) over the top????

Like the finger grip ribs that fit under existing grip panels
That would be interesting and probably the only way I'd wind up with laser grips on my 1911. Now I wish had a set of CTs to experiment with.

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