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Recommend testing procedure to choose grip

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by VetPsychWars, Jun 16, 2013.

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  1. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Member

    Jun 30, 2011
    I have a lightly-modified Remington R1911 R1S. In the back is an Ed Brown serrated, arched mainspring housing.

    Of all of my grip choices, I have narrowed it down to two. One is an Ahrends ebony combat-checkered wood which I have stripped and refinished using pure tung oil:


    The other is the popular Pachmayr combat grip. This is an older version without the medallion:


    Dry fire practice implies that both feel "right". But, I need a way to do tests to determine which is truly better. One thing I can do is get my hand wet and shake them both and see which I can hold onto better. Clearly I need to shoot with either, probably one-handed.

    I don't need theory, folks; I have enough of that. I need to know how to gather real-world data.


  2. Cherokee

    Cherokee Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Medina, Ohio
    I can only tell you that over the years I have replaced all my 1911 grips with the Pachmayr's. The main reason for me is keeping the grip on the front strap but also liking the "grippy" feel of the rubber in my hand. Most people I've heard comment just don't like the looks - I don't care; what works is for me. YMMV
  3. ku4hx

    ku4hx Member

    Nov 8, 2009
    The only way to gather real world data (as opposed to opinions, reviews and rants), is to try things yourself. The way I see it, buying grip panels and such is like buying shoes: they may look good on the screen or on the display isle, but until you put them on it's all a guess.

    Over the years I've bought wood panels from cheap to expensive, I've bought Houge and Pachmayr rubber ones, peel and stick ones and I've even used sections of bicycle inner tube. What I've found is some I liked, some I disliked and some I paid way too much for. And along the way I found what I did like was not always what I expected.
  4. jmr40

    jmr40 Member

    May 26, 2007
    Not an option everyone likes, but one to consider. I used non-slip tread grip bought at a hardware store. Remove the grips and cut a piece just large enough that it will fit under the grip panels. It uses a very strong glue, but the corners will eventually peel up if not covered by the grips. It allows you to use better looking grip panels, with some grip on the front strap. A cheap alternative to having it checkered.

    I don't think I'd do it to a nice looking 1911, but I've used the bicycle innertube on all my Glocks and AR grips.

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