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My DIY Memory Pad/Palm Swell!

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Michigun, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    Thought I’d share my DIY memory pad/palm swell...

    Problem:

    I needed a memory pad/palm swell on my Springfield 1911-A1 G.I. in order for me/my hand/grip to reliably depress the grip safety 100% of the time.

    Solution:

    After thinking on it a while... I decided on a product called “pig” which is a “Repair Putty/Multi-Purpose Epoxy Stick”... this stuff is like iron after it drys & REAL easy to work with! It’s in stick form so you just pinch off as much as you need & then work/mix it with your fingertips for a minute/2 tops... stick in on where you want it, press it in & then ruff shape it... let it dry for an hour & after that you can sand, file &/or drill on it...

    I didn’t even have to remove my grip safety with this project (nor the original finish on the part as this stuff sticks to EVERYTHING) & was able to use only an ‘exacto-knife for final shaping/trimming... after the final shaping I used a black ‘paint-pen’ to color it as this “pig putty” requires no primer!

    Here’s what I came up with... I left it a little on the large side on purpose... sorry for the crappy pics as my digital cam is MIA & all I have is my cell came:

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  2. DRAGON1970

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    Sorry dude but it looks more like PIG S#$T. Have it done right.
     

  3. looks good to me bro. nice work!


    Alex
     
  4. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    LOL! Dude, the gun looks like "S#$T"... it is a 'mil-spec' Springfield G.I. after all... I'd have just about as much into a new grip safety & the hammer to work with it as I have into the whole gun!

    Oh, & my DIY pad/swell works just like the rest & it cost me like $5 an about 30 minutes of my time. (I'd have had more time into it if I cared to get it real nice & smooth, but there ain't much that is smooth on any of this G.I.)

    Hey, what do ya know... there are still a few gentlemen left on-line! LOL! Thank you sir.
     
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  5. Mr. Gekko

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    I will say that it is not how I would approach that problem. However, if it works for you and you are happy with it, congrats.
     
  6. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    You know, if there was a drop in 'mil-spec' grip safety with a 'bump' on it I'd have probably went that route... but all the ones I find have a beavertail, then need a new 'bobbed' hammer to fit that beavertail & then require the frame to be altered...

    I can do the work myself, but even then it seems a lot to spend for what I've duplicated for only a few bucks... ya know?
     
  7. bac1023

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  8. DRAGON1970

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    I have fit roughly a dozen grip safeties. $30 for GS, $40 for hammer, $20 for fitting jig, $30 for cold park from Caswell, 3 hours for shaping and fitting.
     
  9. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    FYI, I should probably mention that this particular 1911 will be replacing the G17 in my glove box currently... you see, the G17 is a $700 (a few add-ons (night sights for 1) that ALL of my GLOCKs get) gun & if I play my cards right I won't have 1/2 that into this G.I. total... would hurt a lot less if the G.I. ends up disappearing (Hope not!) from my car.
     
  10. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    Exactly bro... that's $120 bills (without shipping)...

    I got a VERY good deal on this G.I.... see my post above this one to see what I'm doing here with this G.I.
     
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  11. rsxr22

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    I am all for getting stuff done right but if thats the purpose of the gun and your happy with it, then awesome!
     
  12. txleapd

    txleapd Hook 'Em Up

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    Why is it "not done right" because he did it himself? If he's capable of doing what he wants, at a price he's comfortable with, and it works for him, why is that a problem? Michigun has been here awhile, and he's done all kinds of mods that work. IMHO, he's very capable...

    The 1911 sub-forum has gotten as bad as the Black Rifle sub-forum. The amount of snobbery has become mind boggling. This isn't Lightfighter.
     
  13. airflyer

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    Great job glad it works , now wear the finish off it shooting it :cool:
     
  14. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    Why thank you sir! :patriot:

    Haven’t spent much time in this section, since it opened, but recognized that this is what I was running into with this thread for sure... :aodnsb:



    Next up on the DYI list for this G.I. is 1 of the 4 following before it'll be ready to replace the G17 in my glove box...

    #1 ... a 'low lever' safety... not sure if I'll just buy 1 of the 2 that Brownells has & fit it... or modify the OEM safety (not sure if the metal will take the welding)...

    #2 ... 'flare' the current magazine well...

    #3 ... front night sight... at LEAST... if not a night sight set...

    #4 ... gonna pick up a 'light rail' from Brownells & attach that...
     
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  15. Timbonez

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    Function over form. It's more important for a weapon to work for the user than for it to look pretty.
     
  16. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    Exactly...

    ... I think 'flat' main-spring housings look nicer to me, but without an 'arched' on my 1911's they point low...

    ... I also think all of the sloped/melted rear sights look very nice, but yet they make one-handed mag drills WAY more difficult as they don't catch on your belt or boot/shoe heal...

    (For the record... I actually like the no pad/bump look on the 1911 myself... but there's that 'function over form' deal once again...)
     
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  17. Can't wait too see the pictures man. Keep up the good work.:thumbsup:
     
  18. DRAGON1970

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    Exactly..until a piece of it comes off and lodges between the safety and the frame. I have seen many rigged firearms fail in a match. Imagine what that would be like in a SD situation. To each his own.
     
  19. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    It's an epoxy...won't break, crack, flake or anything like that thing as it isn't a complete solid.
     
  20. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

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    Whatever works for you.
    A beavertail with the bump would probably require you to have your frame cut.