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Thicker Grips for the EMP!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Fullolead, Feb 11, 2010.

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  1. Fullolead

    Fullolead Member

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    Anybody tried changing out the "slimline" grip bushings and screws that come on the EMP, and replacing them with standard 1911 bushings and screws to see if a Compact (Officer) size set of grips would fit it? I'd like to try and get a little more retention (more to hold on to). It might open up a lot more options from various Grip Manufacturers. Thoughts?
     
  2. 9mmepiphany

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    the point of the EMP is as an Enhanced Micro Pistol. adding thicker bushings, screws and grips would seem counter to it's mission...like adding an enlarged mag well.

    i'm thinking of way to make it thinner and lighter...like going to a single sided thumb safety, cutting down the beavertail and magazine base pads
     
  3. Fullolead

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    Well... I have arthritis and need a little more to hold onto. Plus the EMP frame is already thinner than the standard 1911. Why not have options.
     
  4. JDGray

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    You don't need to change the bushings, just need a set of standard screws. As far as officers grips fitting? Ya got me there! Good luck, nothing wrong with making it fit you better;)
     
  5. Orion8472

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    I would definitely research this first. I don't believe regular [non-EMP size] grips will work on the EMP. I purchased one of the finger grove inserts that go under the wood grips, . . . made for 1911's, . . . and I had to do some cutting to make it fit the wood grips AND screw holes on my EMP. Because of this, I can say, with a fair amount of assurance, that 1911 grips will not work on the EMP.
     
  6. 9mmepiphany

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    the butt frame of the EMP is shorter than the Officers ACP from the front to the back
     
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    I had this pair from Larry Davidson. They were thicker than the factory grips and fit the gun perfectly, but I sold them because I liked the feel of the thin grips

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    OMMV, but

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    Like J Lamps grips (thicker acc him) you could, in the interim, maybe, try a small Hogue, rubber, slip-on sleeve (with palm swell) but, keep in mind, it would, most likely, cover and compress the grip safety.

    Keeping in mind that the thumb slide safety is still active/works, in regards to carrying safely.

    This may or may not work, but it could be a temp "improvement" for you hands with arthritis, until you find other grips that work for ya.

    Again, it would, most likely depress the grip safety (at all times), but as long as you have control/thought, over your trigger finger, and the thumb slide safety, you should be all right..

    Luck,


    Ls
     
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    I put Hogue wrap around finger groove grips on my EMP40. Had to do a little trimming around the Mag release and the safty,nothing major though. They were for the Colt officers model I belive.
     
  11. Fullolead

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    Thicker Grips for the EMP

    So far I've looked at VZ Grips, Larry Davidson's, Mil-Tac's and some custom grips from Esmeralda. Esmeralda says her "Slender Compact" (Officer) Series grips fit the EMP, which lead me to believe that standard Compact (officer) grips would work. Doesn't sound like this is the case.
    Thanks for the Intel guys.
     
  12. Fullolead

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    Hey TT. Which Mil-Tac's did you buy and how do you like them?
     
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    EMP original grip width is a few thousandths (5 or less) over 1.1, depended where you measure.

    I see no problem using thicker grips on the EMP. The frickin' wings they chose for a safety on this "thin" gun stick out around 1.420.
     
  14. TT

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    Mil Tac grips.

    Boy, no kidding- the original thumb safety is definitely wide.
     
  15. Fullolead

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    Yeah! What about that? Anybody making a thinner Ambi thumb safety for this gun?
     
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    check out vz grips. i'm gonna get some aliens for my emp40. they are thin though, not what the OP is looking for. they're good for me as i have small hands. :)
     
  17. Quack

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    any ambi safety will work. i use an Ed Brown single on mine.
    Larry Davidson Horned Lizard grips
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    Mil-tacs are made by Larry Davidson, so i'd go directly to the source.

     
  18. 9mmepiphany

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    i'm leaning toward the Brown single too, i just picked up my EMP from my FFL last night and the first thing is noticed was that those thumb safeties are sharp. it couldn't be any fun to shoot like that.

    so far i'm looking at replacing the thumb safety, the trigger and the grips...maybe adding a flush base mag, i don't need the extra length to get all my fingers on the grip
     
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    for reference

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    I'd be interested in a flush mag for my EMP- who makes them?
     
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    Getting the front strap checkered would probably aid your grip considerably. It's on my "to do" list. I also went with some Davidson grips and and EB single safety.

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    you can get your mags modified by "log man" on 1911forum for $20


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    Nice! Thanks for the info.
     
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