Dumb question, 1911 grip screws

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  1. Diesel McBadass

    Diesel McBadass Tactically Epic

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    Is there a standard thread and size? I think putting allen head screws on guns is kind of retarted. Want to swap mine out to phillips or slotted. I carry a multitool but dont walk around with allen wrenches. (yeah, had a grip loosen a bit at the range.) Made me think it would have been a lot easier to have been able to tighten if it was a standard screw.
     
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    small rubber "O" ring.
     
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    Wilson sells them among others


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  4. Diesel McBadass

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    was wondering if different brands do different thread pitch or if theres a universal standard
     
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    I'm fairly certain that it's standard on most, but not sure of the size.
    I really like the allen head screws and they hold tight in my Challis Grips hex head bushings.
     
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    Also replace the bushings on frame that hold the grip screws, they can be the culprit for grip screws backing out.

    Wilson and others sell screws, o-rings, and bushings as a set sometimes.
     
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    I couldn't say about screw size. All of my 1911s are sporting factory screws. Most are Allen head. Only the mil spec models are slotted. I have a small set of common tools that go with me in my range bag to cover any common issues on my handguns or ARs.
     
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    i just dont see an advantage to allen heads on small hardware.
     
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    odd. I feel that small hardware is where allen heads really shine.
    I hate stripping little Phillips heads.

    However, on my 1911 I just did it for looks, not super torqueing.
     
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    The vast majority of 1911's will use the same size grip screw, for standard size grips.

    As stated above, .150"-50 x .250". Brownells is a good source.
    https://www.brownells.com/search/index.htm?k=1911+grip+screws&ksubmit=y&f_a=1

    I use slotted screws for all my 1911's.
     
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    I like the allen head screws. I find the slotted tend to lose their edge and the flat head wants to jump out of the slot. Never a problem with the allen head screws. Never saw phillips heads for a 1911.
    Buy new bushings & screws of your choice.
    I use anti seize lubricant on both and never had them loosen and never have to worry about any rust or seizing on a summer carry gun, then again I'm using Pachmeyer Signature grips so tightening down on rubber would tend to not loosen.
     
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    I was toll by an instructor at a class I attended, that allen screws had no place on a 1911, I answered back to him that it was easier for me to carry the smaller allen wrench than a screwdriver in my pocket, he never showed up to my side of the firing lane again.
     
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    Allen wrenches never scratch beautiful grips and beautiful 1911's, slotted screwdrivers have!
     
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    Probably just another geezer set in his ways. No loss there.
    ;)
    I like Allen drive but traditionalists are going to want slot heads.
    But nothin's worse than a boogered up slot head though.
    Use a properly fitted, hollow ground screwdriver or go home.
     
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    eh g10 is pretty tough.
     
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    While I do prefer Allen head or even Torx over slotted, one advantage to slotted is you don't have to carry a screwdriver at all. The genius of JMB designed the 1911 so you could use the rim on a cartridge to tighten or remove the grip screws in the field. Also, a spent cartridge makes a dandy replacement for a lost recoil spring plug when it's not being used as a screwdriver.
     
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    cartridge cases can be used as a recoil spring plug?!?
     
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    Yes.
    Slots in GI grip screws are wide enough you can use the lip of the magazine floorplate to turn.
     
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