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Help Me Out! (Grips)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Havok7416, Feb 20, 2013.

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  1. Havok7416
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    I recently purchased an AMT Javelina, the details of which are in another post. The gun came with what may be the ugliest grips ever produced (see below). I am asking my fellow High Roaders for opinions regarding replacement grips. The gun uses standard 1911 grips. This will be almost exclusively a range toy so I am looking for some kind of exotic wood but I am otherwise open to ideas. So how 'bout it? Pictures will of course follow once I have the gun all prettied up.

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  2. smalls

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    VZ grips. Vzgrips.com. Nice looking, and very functional. Some are pretty rough, but they have done that won't tear your hand up. Or if you prefer woods, Sarge's grips (thefinergrain.com)
     
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    I think Hogue has some wood grips.
     
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    I like the grips that came on the gun, but I like the grips offered by vzgrips. That would be my first stop.
     
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    This.

    I've had them on every CZ I've owned, and for good reason.
     
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    Altamont grips
     
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    Is this a typo or are people just not reading what you said.

    For the previous posters, VZ doesn't make exotic wood grips, and rubber wraparound grips of course, would not be wood.

    Brown's Custom Grips http://www.brownscustomgrips.com

    The Finer Grain http://shop.thefinergrain.com

    Esmerelda Grips http://www.esmeralda.cc

    Hogue http://www.hoguestore.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=734_50

    Herrett's http://www.herrett-stocks.com

    Ahrend's http://www.ahrendsgripsusa.com
     
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    I don't know how your feelings are on the matter, but I think a long-slide 1911 is complimented absolutely perfectly by Hogue's wraparound grips. You can get them with finger grooves in all sorts of beautiful wood, or rubber molded
     
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    Esmeralda.
     
  10. Havok7416
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    Thank you for a handful of websites and ideas that I didn't even think of. This is intended to be a fun exercise, so feel free to post pictures of sample grips. I have been scouring thefinergrain.com and Esmeralda's site in the meantime. When I see a really good set I will buy it.

    JTQ, either you are correct in your assessement or there is a much bigger following for synthetic grips than I realized!
     
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    I have fairly simple tastes

    I prefer plain checkered grips, much as on the Government Model prior to the plastic grips of WWII and following.

    Depending on the wood used, the grain can be quite decorative.

    I do not know your hand size, but I find all the grips with 'wrap around' feature to exceed the comfort limits of my fingers. And the 'finger-groove' type ALWAYS have the grooves in the wrong place! This may not apply to you, but you should make sure.

    About everything made by Herrett's for the Government Model is both functional and attractive. However, they are all tasteful and understated. I'm not sure how much 'bling' you desire.
     
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    Nothing is as cool as mammoth ivory grips
    http://www.danchinnock.com/1911-ivory-grips.htm
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    Meh on exotic wood, everyone does that already.
     
  14. Havok7416
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    Those mammoth grips are neat but at $300 I can't possibly justify them. Anything that makes the gun stand out is on the table at this point but price is something to consider. Off the top of my head $60 to $70 sounds about right for the top end.
     
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    They're too expensive for me, too

    My preferred 1911 grips are an attractive but utilitarian AlumaGrips - but I want some mammoth ivory grips, just because. I could afford them, but I'd have to sacrifice something else.
     
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    You already have a stainless steel 1911, with a 7" barrel that shoots 10MM.

    Consider that mission accomplished.

    Nobody's going to notice the grips (OK, they will, but not until they're done looking at how long that barrel is).;)
     
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    A big +1 for Esmerelda Grips http://www.esmeralda.cc


    I bought a set of ebony grips for a high polish stainless National match Colt and the pistol looks like an heirloom now. Bought another set of some type of english walnut for an officers model with a lighter inlay. Fast shipping and perfect fit.
     
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    I'd go to http://www.esmeralda.cc/ and buy a set of her grips, really fine wood and well made. I use hers on most of my hipowers.

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    Just get a nice set of checkered wood grips.
     
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    I have found Altamont to be the best balance of bang for your buck and attractiveness. They do work for a ton of OEM's and do a lot of the TALO model grips as well.
     
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    Nice find on the Javelina! Personally I would fine a pair of the original grips for it if it was mine.
     
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    This was my original plan but just try finding a set! It's even harder than finding the pistol!

    JTQ, this is true but the grips are as much for me as they are for the nearby droolers. The white faux ivory just doesn't do it for me.
     
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    "Otherwise open to ideas"...means we assume, well, other ideas.

    Looks like we read just fine, though.
     
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    I found some neat grips and they should be in my hands in the next month or so (they are shipping from overseas). Pictures will of course follow here once they are attached to my long-nosed beauty.
     
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