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bombadillo
07-19-2010, 9:24 PM
I am really looking to get a decent set of grips for my PM-7 that I picked up a while back. I like the deep wood that you could practically fall into. I love the burlwoods, the weird smooth exotics, and odd demonstrative wood for show pieces. Those things that you'd probably never shoot with are exactly what I intend to do with it too, take it out to the range and blast away. I want something to match a stainless gun and it seems the reddish woods in the burl side of things work the best for my tastes. Any recommendations on any grips for these parameters?

railroader
07-20-2010, 4:12 AM
http://raascogrips.com/1911-grips--dymond1911.html I just got a pair of checkered dymondwood magwell grips for my kimber. They look good and the checkering is very "grippy" which I like. They have lots of colors to choose from too. They aren't probably what you are loking for but they are nice. Mark

stevie
07-20-2010, 4:36 AM
You can also try Hakan Pek

tonelar
07-20-2010, 6:04 AM
I don't have 'em on my 1911, but VZ's Blk Linen Micartas are terrific on my P238.

Miltiades
07-20-2010, 6:06 AM
I also like Raasco grips and have several pair. The stainless gun below has burgundy dymondwood, and the blued gun has kingwood.

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o25/pogo2/ColtGoldCup105.jpg

kamagong
07-20-2010, 8:11 AM
I prefer curly koa myself.

http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/7603/springfieldcustomcarry.jpg

bombadillo
07-20-2010, 9:19 AM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180513750372&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

Well, I just bought these to be cheap and get something a little different for the DW PM-7 but I may toss them my dad's way if I don't like them. I really like some of the Sarges grips too and he's got quite a rep on the 1911 forum.

One of the big things I am trying for is a nice showcase worthy set of grips but cheap enough to shoot. I like to bring the bling sometimes to the range! I am not a show queen type of car guy either who trailers things, I like to drive what I build and the like. If I can't shoot it, I typically won't buy it.

Sinister_1
07-20-2010, 9:52 AM
Why dont people try sustainable woods like bamboo?



Jk, I love birds eye maple :)

jdberger
07-20-2010, 10:07 AM
spalted maple is neat.

Sinister_1: Bamboo has to be a laminate to work.

Try Collins Grips. (http://www.collinscraftgrips.com/results.php?Q=1911&D=1911+Grips)

1911Luvr
07-20-2010, 10:44 AM
I love the look of these, but not sure how good a grip they'd provide:
http://www.cypresscollectibles.com/ebayimages/grips/PEWTER-OAK-3.jpg

They're made of pewter so probably heavy too. Here's the link if interested:
http://cgi.ebay.com/COLT-1911-GUN-GRIPS-rare-SOLID-PEWTER-OAK-LEAF-ENGRAVED-/370408601376?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item563e12b720

NapaCountyShooter
07-20-2010, 10:56 AM
I've got amboyna burl Sarges on my Colt and take it to the range whenever I have time. Grips just fine for me and they have that nice deep red color that looks so nice.

BillPear
07-20-2010, 2:20 PM
Why dont people try sustainable woods like bamboo?



Jk, I love birds eye maple :)

Wood is sustainable, trees grow!

Bamboo is a grass non native in most locals and very VIRAL!

JTROKS
07-20-2010, 2:29 PM
How about this?
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wamphyri13
07-20-2010, 2:33 PM
Bombadillo
May I make a suggestion? Here's how I do my grips.
1)Search these sights - ebay, spa city woodworks.
2)Locate something different to my liking
3)Send to Kim Ahrends with list of specifications.

Kim does great work and will use wood you send him. Sizes must be a minimum of
5"x1 3/4"x3/8" per piece. Soft or spalted woods, and some burls should be stabilized before being sent in. He will make them how you want them. I have some pieces of buckeye burl drying that will be stabilized and then sent to him for grips for my S&W 620.
He's done a lot of grips for me and I've never had a complaint.
Do you like birdseye maple. I have a very nice block of stabilized birdseye I could sell you on the cheap, and then you can send them to Ahrends. Here's a pic of each side.
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i250/wamphyri13/DSCN0531.jpg
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i250/wamphyri13/DSCN0530.jpg
Ryan

lehn20
07-20-2010, 2:41 PM
Mad Dogs, if you can find them or Simmonich Gunners

BillPear
07-20-2010, 2:52 PM
As for wood, I'm partial to my Esmereldas

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb221/BillPear/IMG_0004_2.jpg

BryanB
07-20-2010, 2:54 PM
Got some Amboyna Burl coming from this guy http://www.jaggrips.com

bigbob76
07-20-2010, 3:11 PM
One of the big things I am trying for is a nice showcase worthy set of grips but cheap enough to shoot. I like to bring the bling sometimes to the range! I am not a show queen type of car guy either who trailers things, I like to drive what I build and the like. If I can't shoot it, I typically won't buy it.

Well said. Life is short. I like engraving on firearms and I wouldn't hesitate to carry and shoot any of the guns I love to look at.

thebriarman
07-20-2010, 4:28 PM
I looked at these and there's some nice stuff there also. Worth a look and maybe some other CalGunners have some experience with them.

http://www.raascogrips.com/

railroader
07-20-2010, 5:48 PM
I looked at these and there's some nice stuff there also. Worth a look and maybe some other CalGunners have some experience with them.

http://www.raascogrips.com/
My raasco grips on my clackamas. Mark

http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/3361/newgrips001.jpg

Schlamoo
07-20-2010, 6:48 PM
Esmeralda by far...... double diamond, checkered with boarder. First class!

bombadillo
07-20-2010, 7:04 PM
Wasn't a big fan of the Esmerelda grips. They all seem to look generic to me.

CA357
07-20-2010, 7:32 PM
I have a pretty nice pair of new Eagle smooth ebony grips that I can't use if you're interested.

These are Chip McCormick slim DD's on my old 1927 Sistema:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee215/CA357/th_1911002.jpg (http://s232.photobucket.com/albums/ee215/CA357/?action=view&current=1911002.jpg)

Mr_Monkeywrench
07-20-2010, 9:46 PM
Problem Solved!! :cool2:

http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a450/Mr_monkeywrench/Joke%20pics/Rosegrips.jpg

BamBam-31
07-21-2010, 9:31 AM
+1 on Esmerelda's. IIRC, she even hand signs each pair on the inside, which indicates a fairly high level of pride of workmanship. Go to her website--she's got tons of purdy grips to oogle at.

1911Luvr
07-22-2010, 11:51 AM
As for wood, I'm partial to my Esmereldas

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb221/BillPear/IMG_0004_2.jpg

I see I'm not the only one to discover the Walmart deal on UMC .45 ammo! Now just stay away from my Inland Empire Walmarts! Lol

nn3453
07-22-2010, 12:20 PM
I prefer VZ grips. Wood looks great and pretty, but for a working/competition/regular use gun, stickier grips work better. Not trying to knock your line of thinking. If you want em to look good while sacrificing some function, go with wood. It will look better.

spddrcr
07-22-2010, 5:16 PM
did somebody say sustainable?
how about palm:
http://images47.fotki.com/v1484/photos/2/1373772/8321130/IMG_0466-vi.jpg
the block it came from was about 10 inches long by 5 inches wide and 5 inches deep.
took some time getting used to working with the material but they ended up good.
currently running zebrawood on my 1911:
http://images51.fotki.com/v748/photos/2/1373772/7397507/IMG_0501-vi.jpg
and here's a few others i did:
http://images41.fotki.com/v195/photos/2/1373772/7397507/IMG_0506-vi.jpg
left is cocobolo and the right im not sure I was lust experimenting with stippling.
if anyone wants some ill make you a great deal and im in the eastbay:D

oh and nn3453 my zebra wood grips will match your VZ's in stickyness and grip, others doubted it also but we put them side by side and they are just as gripy. the wetter they get the more grip they get.

m1match
07-22-2010, 6:16 PM
I put these on a custom build by Bob Rodgers and they turned out beautifully and fit very well.

http://www.fusionfirearms.com/servlet/the-141/Grips%2C-Cocobola-AAA-Hand/Detail

nn3453
07-22-2010, 6:49 PM
oh and nn3453 my zebra wood grips will match your VZ's in stickyness and grip, others doubted it also but we put them side by side and they are just as gripy. the wetter they get the more grip they get.

They look nice. Wouldn't mind to try it :) Do you make you own? Where did you get yours?

bombadillo
07-23-2010, 8:08 AM
I prefer VZ grips. Wood looks great and pretty, but for a working/competition/regular use gun, stickier grips work better. Not trying to knock your line of thinking. If you want em to look good while sacrificing some function, go with wood. It will look better.

I'm not going to be going and doing any real tactical courses, IPSC, USPSA or anything of that sort with it so I'm not too worried about that. I will mainly be using it for a range weapon and don't like checkered grips all that much. I feel like it really ruins the wood qualities that you get in the smooth grips as far as the looks go. Like I said, I like fast cars but I'm not going to sacrifice a little chrome here and there just to save a pound and make it .0002 seconds faster on the strip.




spddrcr: I actually like the palm wood i'm surprised! Did you make those?

spddrcr
07-26-2010, 12:53 AM
yea, it was kind of on a whim that i decided to just start making grips, Never been much of a wood worker but there isnt a whole lot to them as long as you can measure the holes out right. it is more of a hobby but i have done a few sets for people and usually charge somewhere in the range of 35 to 65 depending on what type of wood and what exactly you want done to them. palm and zebra are some of the cheaper ones because the wood is really easy to work. I also do a little bit of work on the CZ75's and ive done extensive work on the cz75 SP01 and should have some grips made for them out of zebra and possibly some balsa .that will be light enough to make the gun come down to weight for IDPA.

wamphyri13
07-26-2010, 2:15 PM
Have you considered my favorite tactical checkering? It's the half checker allowing some grip and still seeing the beauty of the wood.
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i250/wamphyri13/DSCN0355.jpg
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i250/wamphyri13/IMG_2119.jpg
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i250/wamphyri13/IMG_2118.jpg
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i250/wamphyri13/sav16.jpg
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i250/wamphyri13/SAMil-Spec.jpg
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i250/wamphyri13/IMG_1898.jpg
Ryan

bombadillo
07-26-2010, 5:26 PM
Wanted to try them out and they're not bad. I may end up thinning them out a bit, changing the screws and refinishing them. That will be a project for later if ever.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/bombadillo08/100_3085.jpg

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/bombadillo08/100_3072.jpg

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/bombadillo08/100_3068.jpg

trashman
07-26-2010, 7:30 PM
I've got a couple pairs of grips that came with 1911's I bought -- fully intended to sell the grips but then got attached to them! One is a pair of Hakan Peks (http://www.imageseek.com/hakan/), seen here on a Colt Super .38:

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee126/northslope/colt-super004.jpg

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee126/northslope/colt-super003.jpg

...and the others are carbon fiber grips by Carbon Creations (http://www.carboncreations.com/):

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee126/northslope/colt-super001.jpg

...in both cases I really didn't take a shine to the grips until I put them on different guns than they were originally attached to; the Hakans were on a blued Colt 1911 -- I really just prefer Rosewood or Goncalo on a blued gun -- and the Carbon Creations were on the shiny Super .38. They look phenomenal on the stainless Springfield, IMO.

Take a look at their website -- they make some really interesting looks-like-wood grips that I've not seen anywhere else.

--Neill

bombadillo
07-26-2010, 9:00 PM
Only problem with the setup is that the wilson mag chute sticks out a couple thousandths of an inch and makes the edge of the grip want to stick up. I may do a little sanding on the grip to get it fitting flush.

wamphyri13
07-27-2010, 2:07 PM
Do what i did. Remove grips and chute. Line up chute to bottom hole, trace outline. Once for each grip. Take Dremmel with little round routing bit, relieve area inside of outline. Do lightly and keep fitting it to check. I've done this to a few pairs of grips without trouble.
Next step is to graduate to actual S&A, Ed Brown, or Fusion magwell. These all match the profile of magwell grips much better. See my photos again.
Ryan

bombadillo
07-27-2010, 2:35 PM
Took a half hour today to relieve the grips and they look MUCH better now. I'll post up a pic of them relieved later on.