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Match Grips on 45

Post by ScottSimmonds on Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:02 pm

New shooter - just a few months. Starting to consider a 45.

Love my Hammerli 22 with Rink grips.

Have shot several 1911s with standard grips.

Why dont more bullseye shooters use match grips? I understand the ball gun thing. However, right now I'm only interested in conventional matches.

Thanks for input.

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Re: Match Grips on 45

Post by Sled_Dog on Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:10 pm

It could be that grips like Rink won't work with the 1911 grip safety.

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Re: Match Grips on 45

Post by Rob Kovach on Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:51 pm

Here's a link for the Rink 1911 Grip
http://www.formgriffe.de/shpSR.php?sfC=american&A=46&p1=255&p2=255
So it is possible.
The reason I wont use one is the steeper angle isn't as strong for my wrist position and the more upright grip angle is more natural to me.


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Re: Match Grips on 45

Post by dan allen on Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:20 am

I shot a Ruger with fitted grips for a long time and then got a Marvel and found I liked the plain grips. Yes, I like the fact that I only have one grip style on my .22, my .45 wadgun and my ball gun. Keeps things simple.

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Re: Match Grips on 45

Post by DavidR on Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:40 am

I am currently shooting with modified Nill grips that look like the rink, grip safety works fine. I find i have a little more control with them over slabs and since my exsse has a similar style makes them close to the same feel

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Rink Grips

Post by hrlavigne on Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:56 am

Hi guys. I use a Rink Grip on my 1911 and the grip safety works fine.

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Re: Match Grips on 45

Post by BE Mike on Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:19 am

Most of the "big dogs" use regular grip panels on their 1911's. Of the ones I've talked to about it, most say that they tried anatomical grips and eventually went back to the stock stocks, so to speak. This also might be a good route if you want to shoot EIC matches with a 1911. Over the years, I've found that there are trends amongst the good shooters, as far as equipment is concerned, but one size doesn't fit all.

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Post by DavidR on Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:43 am

BE Mike wrote:Most of the "big dogs" use regular grip panels on their 1911's. Of the ones I've talked to about it, most say that they tried anatomical grips and eventually went back to the stock stocks, so to speak. This also might be a good route if you want to shoot EIC matches with a 1911. Over the years, I've found that there are trends amongst the good shooters, as far as equipment is concerned, but one size doesn't fit all.

The biggest factor in the "big dogs" theory, is they are mostly current or retired military shooters and this is what the learned on and shot everyday. Most any grip will work for you if you learn to hold it the same everytime.

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Re: Match Grips on 45

Post by Rob Kovach on Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:08 pm

But you can't shoot leg matches with the same grip as you perfected on those anatomical grips. You need service pistol to become distinguished so if that's part of your goals, keep that in mind.

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Re: Match Grips on 45

Post by JayhawkNavy02 on Sat Mar 01, 2014 5:51 pm

Following up on the thread.   New to Bullseye, and starting competition in a couple of weeks.  My RO setup with the help of SACS and some local shooters, and spent several months working on my marksmanship skills to get ready, but I'm wrestling with the standard 1911 grips in a way.  I have some fairly large hands, but overall I appreciate the the 1911 better than most pistols ergonomics so I'm hesitant to swap them out.

I was considering changing to a set of grips to fatten up the width and ran across two reasonable options.  Both are about the same price. 

RoCo Firearm Master XL

http://www.rocosystem.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=4&products_id=57



Herrett National Adjustable Target Gun Stock

http://www.theshootersbox.com/Herrett-National-Adjustable-Target-Gun-Stock--1911-RIGHT-HAND_p_13929.html


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Re: Match Grips on 45

Post by Sa-tevp on Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:26 pm

I have a air pistol and a 22 with Thomas Rink grips, and found the Herretts are a good product in comparison. In my hand they point straight. A gripe I have with the standard 1911 frame is the front strap radius. After shooting a Ruger Mark III with Herrett Nationals I like the flat front strap better than a rounded front strap of the 1911, which on both of these pistols is the original metal frame parts.

The Herretts on my Ruger and my Gold Cup have benefited from an additional coat of Formbys low gloss Tung oil. It makes them look good and gives a good grip.

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Re: Match Grips on 45

Post by rodnak on Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:15 pm

I have grips from Randall Fung on half of my guns. Photos are posted above in:

 Sticky: Show Me Your Bullseye Pistols

His contact info is: http://www.jnb.com/~funggrip/

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Re: Match Grips on 45

Post by Vociferous on Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:29 am

I've shot with the Herritts and used the CMM spacers.  For me, I found I really like to get my hand around the pistol, and my shooting finger far into the trigger guard.  My thumb doesn't touch the grips.  The thinner the grips, the better.  Also, skateboard tape on the front and/or the backstrap helps alot.  Keeping the grip the same for the Marvel, 45 and Hardball seems right.

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Re: Match Grips on 45

Post by JayhawkNavy02 on Sun Mar 02, 2014 4:07 am

I had looked at Randall Fung, K&N, Vitarbo and the Herret Automatic Target, but I'm just starting out so I didn't want to get too wild.  It sounds like I'd will probably go one of three routes

1) Skateboard tape up the front strap and use plain slab grips.  $3 + Spacers $15
2) Keep my Hogue rubber wraparound grips on.  $0 (paid for)
3) Purchase Herret National Target: $70

I think what I'll do based on the advice, is go back to slab grips and add tape and see how I like it and compared to the Hogue Rubber grips I have on now, which are a little thicker.  If the narrower grip is better I can move up to the Herret National Target.

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Re: Match Grips on 45

Post by mparker on Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:18 am

Agree. Match grip are available and work well.

RoCo grips on STI Trojan


Vitarbo grips on STI Trojan

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Re: Match Grips on 45

Post by Colt711 on Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:20 pm

If you want a grip just a bit thicker than slabs look at Herret's site. They offer a set slightly thicker with a swell type of thumb rest on both sides. Checkered or smooth they fit me very well. Strong preference for checkered. I have thickened slabs w/ brass shim stock and tin snips.
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Re: Match Grips on 45

Post by JayhawkNavy02 on Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:43 am

I just switched from a Colt Woodsman Match Target to a 1911 22 conversion for rimfire.  The problem I had with the skinny grips on the Colt was that they were way too small.  I had to put a death grip on them, which was affecting my performance.  

Ended up keeping the grips the same as recommended.  I changed my grip to use a different part of my index finger, which improved my shooting and I'm going to stick to slab sides, they end up being nearly perfect with the adjusted grip.  One question I had was about Cocobolo grips, which are beautiful, but they don't provide a lot of friction, but I'm not sure if it matters.  With most of the grip being on the front strap and rear of the frame I assume its mostly irrelevant, but appreciate any advice.  I've seen some micarta which look to have a bit more friction, but not sure if it matters.

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Re: Match Grips on 45

Post by Dave C. on Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:05 am

Shoot the slabs and build you up you grip.
The other grips are cool to look at but with a gun that has more recoil than a 22 they are only a crutch.
Good grip strength (No you don't want to kill it) is to way to control the pistol.  But if you must try them
be sure to use the same type on you 22 and your 45.  Remember , shoot what you like it's all for fun any way!

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