Checkered Frontstrap; A Poor Man's Solution

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  1. los

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    I recently purchased my Back Up 45 and so far it's proven to be quite a reliable little fire breathing cannon. A few more non-issue trips to the range and it'll most likely become my primary CCW.

    The pistol is constructed in s/s and although it's very manageable during fire [and rapid fire] , I wanted to have the frontstrap checkered to enhance gripping, especially during the humid and hot summer months ahead of us. I didn't want to go through the expense of having the checkering done professionally and incur all the extra fees and charges associated with shipping a firearm.

    I'd read many posts from owners that were attaching strips of skateboard grip tape on the frontstraps of their pistols with good results, but the strips had to be replaced often. I really didn't want to go that route. I wanted something more permanent and aesthetically appealing.

    So I decided to order a Wilson S/S Checkered Frontstrap thats made and sold for the 1911. Basically, the part is positioned on a 1911's frontstrap and it's then held in place by the grips. My Back Up isn't based on the 1911 platform so I knew from the get-go that the installation would involve a complete modification of the part to achieve what I was seeking. The modification needed to work, and work well.

    I ordered the part from Brownell's last Thursday evening and it was delivered yesterday. Great service and shipping from Brownells, for sure! I was surprised to see that the The Wilson CFS had a s/s finish that perfectly matched the s/s frame of my Back Up.

    Obviously, the Wilson CFS was too long and too wide for my pistol so I had to do a lot of trimming, which wasn't hard to do. It only took me a few minutes to trim it down to a perfect fit with a pair of needle-nose scissors. After sizing, it was time to prepare the pistol. The Back Up is constructed entirely of stainless so I had to prepare it for proper bonding by lightly sanding it's frontstrap. I mixed a small amount of 60 Sec. Epoxy [purchased at my local auto parts store) and applied it to the frontstrap and the part. I attached the part to the frontstrap and made sure it was placed on right, and presto. Bada-Bing!

    The modified checkered frontstrap installation turned out much better than I anticipated. I mean it's a Huge Difference! The Back Up's checkered frontstrap now gives me perfect sticky grip. I'm pretty stoked with the result.

    Not bad for a 10 buck item and 10 minutes of work.

    Here's a few photos of the finished product. Tell me what you think. :smile:

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  2. Effigy

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    Nice work. It looks great on the gun as well.
     
  3. tekarra

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    Looks fine, you did a good job.
     
  4. Liberty1776

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    Excellent job. If anyone (me) didn't know the difference, you'd assume it was factory.
     
  5. glockky

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    looks great
     
  6. sophijo

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    front strap

    That looks terrific!
     
  7. Stringfellow

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    I don't know if I would have the guts to put epoxy on the pistol, let alone sand it. But-wow- the result looks amazingly professional. Good work. Let us know how it holds up...
     
  8. los

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    THANKS, Guys. I appreciate the kind words.

    I was pretty apprehensive about the epoxy and sanding process, too, but I "went-for-it" anyway. I was determined to git'r done right..! :)

    Here's a photo showing more of the checkered frontstrap after the install..

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  9. bobnailer

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    I bought this same type front strap checker sleeve from Wilson Combat, unfortunately, it slides up and down despite how tight I have the grips screwed down. I keep it on the pistol, a 1911 Commander sized pistol. Somehow I think it could've been anchored better.
    Bob
     
  10. wrench

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    As one of the skateboard tape people, I think that looks great!
     
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    If you hadn't said so, I'd have said it was stock -- nice job!

    timothy
     
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    I am gonna do that to my AMT early # Back Up. I already glued a piece of Williams Fire Sight fiber optic rod into the front sight channel. A Mika pocket holster is ordered. Mine shoots OK too. I can keep all the shots in a K zone at 15 yards and faces at 7 yards in pretty rapid fire with ball. I feel confident of the guns safety in the pocket too, even after 50 years with the 1911! But it IS a BACK UP and I won't forget that! I been following your posts lately Los.
     
  13. Sam Cade

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    That is some very good thinking right there. Looks great too!
     
  14. los

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    THANKS again, Guys.

    Gordon, I'm glad you decided to do the Wilson C/FS modification to yours. You're gonna wish you'd done it a long time ago. ;)
     
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    This is the way it should have come from the factory!

    Great job!
     
  16. los

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    Thanks, mister2.
     
  17. 1KPerDay

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    Nice work. Looks a bit like a cheese grater real close-up, but looks OEM when you move back a bit.
     
  18. armoredman

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    Very nice work!
     
  19. los

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    LOL. The perfect covert tool.

    Concealed carry weapon by day, kitchen utensil by night.. :D
     
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    Thanks, armoredman.
     
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    AMT Backup

    Great Job.
    I have been looking at a Backup and was wondering how reliable are they.
    Good Job.
    Les
     
  22. Alberforth

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    Los--looks great, thank you for posting this, it's a great inspiration and motivates me to reconsider what to put on my New Agent.
     
  23. los

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    Thanks, fellas.

    Here's a photo I took yesterday. I think it gives a good visual on the Back Up's diminutive, micro size. So far it's proven to be quite reliable.


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  24. Dr.Rob

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    Great job and I like your plastic safety cover.. is that a factory thing or another home made solution?
     
  25. los

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    Greetings, Dr. Rob.

    The Ghost Trigger Shield is a homemade solution,..just like my "patent pending" Covert-T Holster...:


    Okay, so I may have over done it with the " Patent Pending" part, but I made a holster out of a clothes hanger. :)

    Yep, I'm pretty dangerous when I'm bored and have nothing to do.

    The Holster is actually made out of a one piece hanger wire that I carefully bent into shape, only cutting the ends to form the belt clips. The pistol is held in an upright position by inserting the barrel into the barrel rest portion of the holster. The barrel rest is made by making a 180 degree bend in the wire. I placed electrical tape all around the barrel rest to prevent bore marring, but I think I'll go buy a piece of small diameter heat shrink tubing to cover the belt clips and the barrel rest area.

    Weapon deployment retention can be adjusted by spreading the barrel rest area to create a tighter fit within the barrel. The belt clips can be pressed and adjusted to a get a snug fit at the belt. When the pistol is drawn, the holster stays on the belt.

    Bottom Line: The darn thing works surprisingly well and it's also tuckable. This thing distributes the pistol weight extremely well,..and it's as light as a ....thin Piece of Wire. ;)

    Anyway, I thought I'd share my Einstein moment with y'all. FYI, my dog's name is Einstein.

    Here it is..:

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