My first 1911 (Springfield Range Officer) is on the way and I have a couple of questions if I may. GRIPS: I'm likely going to want some softer, tackier, wrap around grips for it. (No front checkering). I'm more into function over form, and I think I'd like the good ol' Pachmayr 02921's: But unfortunately, they WILL look pretty darn ugly compared the Springer crossed cannon cocoa beans supergrin that will come from the factory. Is there a compromise somewhere of form and function? I've been poking around the net looking for an alternative. I'd prefer no finger grooves. Any suggestions? Oh... and the idea of grip tape kind of bugs me. I'd be worried about it turning the gun to a complete mess. INITIAL CLEANING: Is it a good idea to detail strip the gun and clean it out before use or should it be good to go right out of the box? I know it's not exactly a high end 1911, and I was wondering if there might be some metal shavings or the like floating around in the internals, or if it's indeed properly lubed. Thanks guys! Wanna kill these ads? We can help!