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Grips for Carry

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by joemannnnn, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. joemannnnn

    joemannnnn

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    Hey Guys,
    I picked up a new Dan Wesson CCO for carry after ditching my g19. This will be my first time carrying a 1911. I'm not thrilled with the grips that came with the gun, and was looking to replace them. I'm was leaning towards some black vz operators, but have been advised they are very aggressive. Does anyone have experience with the vz etc's, 320's, or gators? Any other offerings from vz or Larry Davidson that would be a good fit for carry? Open to other options as well. I have checkered cocobolo on my other guns, and am quite happy, just looking to try something darker and different.
    Thanks
    Joe
     
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  2. GJ1981

    GJ1981 Pitying Fools

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    The regular Operators are very soft, IMO. The Operator II's are a little rougher but not much. VZ Diamond Backs are great and I would say they are the roughest of what I listed.

    It's hard to say how you'd take the textures since I have rough hands and even the real aggressive grips like the VZ Recons feel soft to me.
     

  3. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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    Cocobolo full checkered grips here.
     
  4. joemannnnn

    joemannnnn

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    Yea, you lead me to the Ahrends a few months ago, the combat checkered. I do like them, but want to try something different for carry.

    My concern isn't my hands. It is clothing getting hung up, or my sides getting roughed up from iwb carry.
     
  5. skdmrklcy

    skdmrklcy Duck and Cover

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    I love the 4x4s from Larry.

    I plan to try some ETC grips from VZ at some point.
     
  6. djackson

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  7. joemannnnn

    joemannnnn

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    I completely agree, that's where I got he idea. But I have been warned they are too aggressive for carry iwb. I'm told they will grab clothing, possibly revealing the gun, and also rub on my side causing discomfort. If this not the case, I'm simply getting these.
     
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  8. drc767

    drc767 Navy CSAR

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    You can smooth them out a bit with some 400-grit sandpaper if you find them to be too aggressive. That is what I did on those grips on Joe's CCO.
     
  9. djackson

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    Yea it was daves first lol
     
  10. Rimcrew

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    I have become partial to the alumagrips for my carry pieces. They are interesting in that they do not look aggressive and are smooth when rubbing against my side, but they really stick to my hand when it's around the gun. I run with the gun rubbing against my side, and they don't make a raw spot like the others I have tried did.
     
  11. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    I have Warthog's from Larry D on my EMP and I like them a lot. They have good grip, but are not abrasive and don't catch on my cloths at all. I actually wouldn't mind something a bit more aggressive. Though, I think these grips are a very nice blend of "aggressive and smooth." They keep my hand planted, but after shooting a while my hands don't hurt either. Great grips!

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  12. skdmrklcy

    skdmrklcy Duck and Cover

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    Warthogs are what was on my TRP, they were some sharp grips. Did not move in your hand, but it was not nice.

    Some sand paper made them 1000x better and actually very very nice grips.
     
  13. Deadarrow

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    I have Aluma grips on my Kimber UC. They are the smooth black grips. My reasoning behind this is, they don't snag on your clothing, they don't rub my skin raw and they will last forever. All my competition guns have either checkered or rubber grips and they serve the purpose nicely. Yes I have shot the Kimber in several matches and having smooth aluminum grips has never been an issue. Grips are a personal preference thing and you just have to try several types till you find what you like. In time you will end up with a collection of grips and holsters that gather dust in a drawer somewhere.
     
  14. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    I agree. Plus, you can always take some 600 grit sandpaper and knock some of the rough edges down a little without affecting the look of the grip at all.
     
  15. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    These...
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  16. 69Charger

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    Can't go wrong with a good set of checkered wood, with your front strapped textured or a good old strip of grip tape.
    Dave

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  17. Great minds, etc. These are my carry pieces:

    Sig Sauer P238
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    Colt Defender 9mm
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    Kimber Ultra Carry 45
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  18. joemannnnn

    joemannnnn

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    Joe, what are your thoughts, have you tried carrying? That is exactly the set up I'm looking to replicate. I'll let you be the guinea pig and see if your sides rub off. :tongueout:
     
  19. I have VZ's 320 on mine. Great for IWB carry w/o needing an undershirt. And they provide sufficient texture for a nice grip.

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  20. mrsurfboard

    mrsurfboard The Anti-Glock

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    I have the Operator IIs on one of my 1911s. If you don't wear a shift between the grips and your skin, they will bother you. They are great for the range, no so much for carry.
     
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