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Why so many flat grips, and not arched?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by ithaca_deerslayer, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. ithaca_deerslayer

    ithaca_deerslayer

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    Weren't the vast majority of 1911 grips during and after WWII arched in the back?

    But if you look at new guns listed today, most of them have the flat grip in the back. Why the change?

    I realize the original version of the 1911 had a flat grip, but that changed with the A1 version, right? So why are many manufacturers changing back in recent years?
     
  2. krunchnik

    krunchnik THE CROW

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    For me the flat MSH is a lot more comfortable for shooting,seems I can gat a better grip on the pistol.Thats just my preference.
     

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    I guess I understand that some people will like the arched, and some will like the flat. Maybe the market forces just pushed the manufacturers toward the flat?
     
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    Arched housing usually go nicely with a short trigger as seen on USGI 1911A1s. The original 1911 had a flat MSH.

    The A1 came along in the early 20's.
     
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    Ian Millennium Member

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    I have large hands and the arched housing is best for me. Also, I use a short trigger to allow the most room between the trigger and the guard.
     
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    krunchnik THE CROW

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    Heres a couple with the flat MSH
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    okie GT Mayor

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    This:supergrin::wavey:
     
  9. Jim S.

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    I like the arched mainspring housing. I also like a long trigger.
    Big hands with long fingers.
    If they didn't come with an arched MSH I always change them out to have the arched.
    I guess thats why I like the Glock 21's so much.
     
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    Every 1911 I get will have an arched MSH installed if it didn't come that way. It is a big deal to me. It changes the way the gun feels enough to spend the time and money to do it.
     
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    FLIPPER 348 Bigfoot enthusiast enthusiast

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    this set-up is best for larger hands
     
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    I like the feel of the flat better.
     
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    Thanks Krunchnik.
    Anyone have any photos of arched MSH to compare please?
     
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    I much prefer arched and swap mine out with an Ed Brown before I even shoot the gun. My Les Baer wears a 30LPI Baer MSH to match the front strap. I actually like the arched because it makes the grip feel more like a Glock grip, probably why most folks like the flat ones.
     
  15. Geeorge

    Geeorge Sarcasm Inc.

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    I like the arched one myself ,it puts the point of aim right on.

    With the flat one the point of aim is way low.

    I like my guns to be very close on the POA as somethimes there may not be alot of time to aim,just point and shoot

    S&W revolvers and glocks have a great POA for me
     
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  17. Ian

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    Thanks kptaylor, so much to learn about 1911's

    Surely the arched is going to make trigger reach longer.
    What I really, really love about my 1911 is that the trigger reach is much less than any of my Glocks.
    This will make it much easier for people to shoot with smaller hands.
     
  18. ipscshooter

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    I'm not sure that it really does if you use a high grip. The arch is toward the bottom of the hand. I prefer arched and short trigger. The arch seems to fill in open space as I grip the gun riding the safety. It's one of those things that really depend on how your hands are built. Nice thing about 1911's. You can easily change grips, MS hsg., etc.
     
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    Correct-amundo! :)

    Colt 1911 made in 1918
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    Norinco 1911A1
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    I can't decide which I like better. Maybe, the flat MSH?

    deadite
     
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    This is my 1943 Ithaca & the Springfield Armory G.I 1911

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