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Wilson Combat grip screws

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by mattw, Aug 5, 2005.

  1. mattw

    mattw Well-Known Member

    So today I got a set of hex-head gripscrews from Wilson Combat. The first screw I tightened down snapped in half and now I have the screw's shaft hoplessly stuck in the hole. Here is the letter I sent to Chalona@wilsoncombat.com:

    Nobody buy girpscrews from wilson combat, they will break on you! :fire:

    What do you guys think?

  2. tc300mag1

    tc300mag1 Well-Known Member

    Guess someone else is having bad luck today ..

    I had a new set of Ed brown hex head screws today and second oen snapped just like yours did there luckly i was able to spin it out with a flat bladed screwdriver
  3. mattw

    mattw Well-Known Member

    ok well i guess that means i won't get any ed brown screws either.. damnit! where am I supposed to find decent grip screws?! :banghead:
  4. tc300mag1

    tc300mag1 Well-Known Member

    The Torx ones in my springfield are pretty nice but not sure if you can get them sepratly or not
  5. mattw

    mattw Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know if the slotted head grip screws would be stronger than the hex head grip screws for any reason? would one widthstand more torque than the other? I twisted off that screw head pretty easily and i've never had that problem with my slotted head screws, no matter how much of a gorilla grip I get on the screw driver and no matter how hard i wrench down on them.
  6. Freeze N

    Freeze N Well-Known Member

    Might try the stainless grip screws from Hogue. Ive had real good luck with them. Midway may have them or order direct from Hogue.
  7. mattw

    mattw Well-Known Member

    do they come in blue steel? i would like them to match the finish of my 1911
  8. Freeze N

    Freeze N Well-Known Member

  9. mattw

    mattw Well-Known Member

    "enfuriating" would be a better word for what i feel
  10. HighVelocity

    HighVelocity Well-Known Member

    I have used the Hogue hex head grip screws in several pistols and never had a problem.
  11. mattw

    mattw Well-Known Member

    thanks guys, looks like i'm going with houge once i get my money back from wilson and send them back their junk they call grip screws.

    edit: on second thought, i think i'll get a set from www.woodgrips.com i've been talking to Pat from their customer service and these seem to be good screws
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2005

    MICHAEL T Well-Known Member

    Another reason to leave it like it came from factory. Regular old screws have worked for years. What is this new and improved look going to end up costing in time and money.
  13. mattw

    mattw Well-Known Member

    actually i just wanted some hex-head screws so that i wouldn't have to worry about tearing up screw slots and/or grips.. i had no idea that just because you change from having a screw head cut for an allen wrench instead of a standard screwdriver that it the screw would become weak and brittle and junky.
  14. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    FWIW, YMMV, etc., years ago somebody, and I honestly can't remember who, told me to use the long end of the wrench in the screw and grip the short end - less torque that way.

    I'm looking forward to finding out if there's an easy way to remove the broken screw because I can break almost anything sooner or later.

  15. mattw

    mattw Well-Known Member

    that is correct, i used the long end so that i could get the most torque. it should have bent the wrench before twisting off the head of the screw
  16. campbellcj

    campbellcj Well-Known Member

    Definitely not trying to be negative/derogatory by any means, but all fasteners have proper torque specs (whether the supplier actually tells you the specs is another story!) and WILL break if used in inappropriate applications and/or over-torqued.

    It's possible that either (a) grip screws of unsuitable material or construction are being sold and/or (b) the screws are being overtightened. Again, not trying to criticize; just an observation as I've worked on race cars etc. a fair amount over the years and fastener issues come up all the time. (I actually had to modify/fab a special tool today to get an old Weber carb needle valve out.)
  17. BerettaNut92

    BerettaNut92 Well-Known Member

    Did it with my Beretta once. Not sure what make the screws were. Either Beretta or Hogue.
  18. mattw

    mattw Well-Known Member

    i'm getting really pissed here.. i sent that e-mail at noon on the 5th and still no reply. those screws suck, i've never broken the head off a screw before, on anything. i seriously doubt i twisted it off, once it was not turning from the weight of my index finger on the wrench i went one quarter turn to make it snug and it snapped off. further inspection of the screw shaft reveals that the top 1/8 inch or so from the head of the screw down is hollow.. is it supposed to be like that?
  19. lunde

    lunde Well-Known Member

    The same thing happened with a set of the same hex grips screws, and I was installing them on a Wilson Combat pistol. In my case, two of the four hex grip screws snapped in the same way. They were replaced with blackened or blued Torx grip screws.
  20. hifi

    hifi member

    Would somebody please explain to me why you would want to have grips screws that you can only tighten with a certain sized hex wrench? Makes no sense to me...like the whole 9mm AR thing I guess.. :D

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