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Wilson 1911 Checkered Front Strap

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by badge315, Aug 21, 2013.


  1. badge315

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    I wanted something besides skateboard tape for the front grip of my Springfield Armory 1911, so I ordered this item from Brownells; I figured for $10 I'd take a chance...

    http://www.brownells.com/handgun-pa...911-auto-checkered-front-strap-prod16409.aspx

    Anyway, here's how it looks installed on my pistol. It's basically a piece of foil with a checkered pattern stamped onto it, and it attaches to the gun by tucking the edges of it under the grip panels and there are tabs that fold around the openings in the frame to keep it from shifting vertically. So far I'm pleased with it; it provides a good gripping surface with 20 lpi and for $10 I don't think it looks half bad.

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    And while we're at it, what do you guys think about those two conspicuous 90 degree corners at the front edge of the mag well? Round them off or leave them be?
     

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  2. bac1023

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    Looks nice

    I would not touch the frame of that gun. Leave the corners as is.
     

  3. Steel Head

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    I was thinking of going that route but went the grip tape route, that does look nicer.
     
  4. sawgrass

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    Looks great. Leave well enough alone.

    Your taste is going to evolve.
     
  5. sawgrass

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    Leave it alone.
     
  6. Jbehredt

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    I have grip tape. Just ordered one of those. Never seen it before. Not sure I want to trust somebody to carve up my girl. Then there's the 30 vs 20 LPI question.
     
  7. sawgrass

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    I know we just had the 1911 snob nonsense but I just cannot put tape on any of my guns. It doesn't have to be a 1911 but no tape, no goo. If I was some sort of competitive shooter I 'might'

    That said there isn't any tape in my tool box or tool bag other than quality electrical tape and fwiw duck tape isn't duct tape, that would be foil tape.
     
  8. Jbehredt

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    What is duck tape if it isn't mispronounced duct tape?!?!
     
  9. Joshhtn

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    Interesting... I'm currently using a little grip tape. May have to look a little more in to this.
     
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  10. Jim Watson

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    The Wilson gadget is good if it fits. There is enough variation in front straps that not all do.

    Shoot the gun a while and see if the mag well corners cut your hand or slow the reload.
    If they do, round them off.
    Unless you are in the Army or a PD with issue weapon, or trade guns frequently, make the gun suit your needs.
     
  11. glock2740

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    Looks good. :thumbsup:
     
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    There is a brand of "duct tape" that is named DuckTape
     
  13. AngelDeville

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    That actually looks a lot better than I expected. I had known about them for years but I just figured they would be bulky or just ugly.
     
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    I've had one on my Kimber for about 10yrs. and it is still in place.
     
  15. bac1023

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    I'm with you on that, SG...
     
  16. glock2740

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    They have a FROG tape too.
    :rofl:
     
  17. AZ Husker

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    That is the best fitting one I've ever seen. Usually they have gaps and end up with wrinkles. I still think they look cheap and cheezy. But if they work for you good thing!
     
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    Used one for a while.........however, they call them a "cheese grater" for a reason.

    OP,......great install, not easy to get it fitted as you did!
     
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    Looks good.

    I wouldn't round those corners off. The bottom of the mag fits in between there
     
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    Looks good.:thumbsup:

    It also comes in stainless steel and I put one on a Springfield. I found a good used Springfield years ago that has a 3.5# trigger and every thing I would want but a checked front strap. I thought about sending it off or learn how to checker a front strap and do it myself.

    Skateboard tap is very functional but I would agree with you on principal. A few years ago I found a very good deal on Gun Broker. A SIG 226 that nobody would bid against me. The seller had put skateboard tap on the front strap. I figures hell with a heat gun I could easy remove it. Who ever put the tape on did a very good job. Looks and function good. It is still on the pistol but it is a safe queen any way.