neat trick for non-wood/rubber 1911 grips


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iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns
February 25, 2012, 03:07 AM
I forget where I read it, but I'm purdy dang sure I read it here on THR. I'd like to thank whoever posted it, wish I could find the thread again but I read it at least two weeks ago and it has escaped me.
I'm a fan of custom grip panels for my 1911s, and anyone out there who has fired their 1911 with grips that aren't made of rubber or wood, knows that the screws can start to un-screw themselves after a few mags, and if the screws are too tight, the grips can be damaged upon use. One of you awesome THR users posted a little while ago recommending to try #60 1/4" rubber gaskets easily found at your local hardware store or any megahomeimprovementmart, between the grip screws and grips to give the screws a cushion that holds on to 'em better.
I happened to drive by a major home improvement chain on my way home earlier this week, and stopped in to see if I could find 'em. Sure did, a ten-pack for less than $2, so I threw them on both my 1911s and brought one of 'em (wearing Ajax grips) to the range the next day. Worked like a charm! Didn't even have to tighten the screws after two boxes of .45acp, they felt just as snug as when I first 'installed' the lil gaskets. Wish I knew that trick before I started shooting 1911s! I am quite impressed with this thrifty little trick, and again, would like to thank the THR user who posted it. This forum is so very awesome!

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