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Post by John Dervis on 8/9/2019, 3:21 pm

I found myself with a new wadgun that I want to replace the grips on.  For quite few years I have used Herret D-45 grips on all my match guns but I thought now might be a good chance to try something different.  I looked at the VZ website but they have a bewildering list of designs and options so I thought I would ask here for opinions on the best materials, designs and textures (of any brand really but I mentioned VZ because that is the site I looked at).  I would prefer them to be CMP legal because if I like them, I would probably put a set on that gun too but that requirement is not set in stone.  I do not want anatomical grips at all so conventional slab sided grips are what I'm looking for.  If anyone has a favorite and some reasons why you like them I would appreciate hearing from you.

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Post by dronning on 8/9/2019, 3:33 pm

Kensight Sharkskin, I have them on all my 1911's.
- Dave

https://www.brownells.com/handgun-parts/grip-parts/grips/1911-sharkskin-grips-prod68565.aspx?avs%7cManufacturer_1=KENSIGHT%2bMFGxzzx
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Post by TonyH on 8/9/2019, 3:49 pm

Kensight Sharkskin, I have them on all my 1911's.
+1...very grippy and don't slip in sweaty hand. and of course they are priced right.
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Post by james r chapman on 8/9/2019, 4:48 pm

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Post by Dcforman on 8/9/2019, 5:02 pm

+3. You may be sensing a trend here...

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Post by Roddy Toyota on 8/9/2019, 5:29 pm

I really like the VZ grips in the slim format for the 191, since I have medium size hands.  I also like the Kensight grips but they aren't as pretty as the VZ grips.  Recently a customer of mine turned me on the a maker of 3D grips which are cheaper than the Kensight grips and have a sticker texture.  Not as sticky as the VZ, but only $24.00 with free shipping.  Here's a link:
https://coppergungrips.com/

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Post by james r chapman on 8/9/2019, 5:51 pm

Ordered a pair of lava grips
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Post by rreid on 8/9/2019, 7:28 pm

james r chapman wrote:Ordered a pair of lava grips

Let us know how they work. They look similar to the plastic ergo grips.
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Post by radjag on 8/9/2019, 8:32 pm

I have several pairs of Lava grips - I think that they are perfect for medium hands - really grippy, but not abrasive. I find that they feel very similar to 30dpi checkering or similar roughened frame areas so that I have a consistent feel and grip level for all parts of my hand and fingers. I can put pressure on my thumb and fingers comfortably and really create a repeatable grip "memory" during practise.

And you can order them in almost any conceivable color (but don't make the mistake I made of buying white - they look great when pristine, but are only good for safe queens, get dirty very quickly if on a well lubricated wad gun that is shot a lot).
Highly recommended.

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Post by mikemyers on 8/12/2019, 5:02 pm

I had the wider SIG grips on my Caspian wad gun for a while.  They felt more comfortable than any other grips I've used.  I recently put the Sharkskin grips back on that gun.  The last word I would use for them is "comfortable", but even though I know I'm supposed to be gripping the gun mostly from front strap and back strap, fingers and seat of my palm, I feel I have better control of the gun with the Sharkskin grips.  That they weigh next to nothing is a bonus.

In what way are Lava grips preferable to Sharkskin?
https://coppergungrips.com/shop?olsPage=products%2F1911-gov-full-size-grips-lava-rock-texture

I guess if I order a pair in blood red, nobody will notice my ugly hammer.     :-)

Very reasonably priced, too.
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Post by JIMPGOV on 8/12/2019, 5:47 pm

https://www.ebay.com/str/Stoner-CNC/1911-Grips/_i.html?_storecat=9206335015
 JOHN, I BOUGHT A PAIR FROM HERE FOR MY BALLGUN. MINE ARE AGGRESSIVE AND I LOVE THEM. JP

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Post by lablover on 8/12/2019, 7:42 pm

Hope this isn’t too much of a hijack but I’m also looking for grips for my ball gun.  Stock slaps are just way to thin for me and from what I have been told I can’t add spacers or anything else.  I’ve also been told to check Roco grips?  For Cmp EIC I’m kind of limited
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Post by John Dervis on 8/12/2019, 8:52 pm

The D-45 Grips I referenced are a slab type profile but are thicker than standard grips.  When EIC grips had to be standard issue, these failed an inspection at Perry once (but no other time) because they were too thick.  The rules are a little more relaxed now but they do still need to be symetrical (side to side need to match) and there can't be palm swells, finger groves, thumb shelf etc.  Try a pair of those to see how they feel to you. 

Good Luck.
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Post by John Dervis on 8/12/2019, 8:58 pm

JIMPGOV wrote:https://www.ebay.com/str/Stoner-CNC/1911-Grips/_i.html?_storecat=9206335015
 JOHN, I BOUGHT A PAIR FROM HERE FOR MY BALLGUN. MINE ARE AGGRESSIVE AND I LOVE THEM. JP
Jim,

  Which design did you get?  That link goes to their main page and they look to have a few different choices.  Let me know what you chose.  Thanks.

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Post by lablover on 8/12/2019, 9:05 pm

John Dervis wrote:The D-45 Grips I referenced are a slab type profile but are thicker than standard grips.  When EIC grips had to be standard issue, these failed an inspection at Perry once (but no other time) because they were too thick.  The rules are a little more relaxed now but they do still need to be symetrical (side to side need to match) and there can't be palm swells, finger groves, thumb shelf etc.  Try a pair of those to see how they feel to you. 

Good Luck.
John
Who makes these?  Herrets?

Thanks buddy
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Post by John Dervis on 8/12/2019, 9:12 pm

Yes.  Sorry I misspelled that the first time.  There are two T's.  Here is a link to Bullseye Gear.

https://www.bullseyegear.com/bullseyegear/herrett-1911-d-45-walnut-diamond-stocks.html

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Post by lablover on 8/12/2019, 9:31 pm

John Dervis wrote:Yes.  Sorry I misspelled that the first time.  There are two T's.  Here is a link to Bullseye Gear.

https://www.bullseyegear.com/bullseyegear/herrett-1911-d-45-walnut-diamond-stocks.html

John
Thank you
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Post by james r chapman on 8/16/2019, 6:47 pm

rreid wrote:
james r chapman wrote:Ordered a pair of lava grips

Let us know how they work.  They look similar to the plastic ergo grips.
Lava grips arrived.
first impressions. They are grippy not a deep a grip as the sharkskin.
The lava grips are not relieved for ambi safeties.
Thickness,
Sharkskin .268
Lava         .230

I prefer a fuller grips, but, ladies, and medium hands might enjoy them.
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Post by james r chapman on 8/16/2019, 6:50 pm

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rreid wrote:
james r chapman wrote:Ordered a pair of lava grips

Let us know how they work.  They look similar to the plastic ergo grips.
Lava grips arrived.
first impressions. They are grippy not a deep a grip as the sharkskin.
The lava grips are not relieved for ambi safeties.
Thickness,
Sharkskin .268
Lava         .230

I prefer a fuller grips, but, ladies, and medium hands might enjoy them.
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Post by lablover on 8/16/2019, 9:43 pm

Might have to try dem sharkskin...maybe you’ll have them tomorrow 

lol!
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Post by x90rider on 8/17/2019, 8:40 pm

I use VZ Diamond Back Grips on my EIC gun and no slippage. Just make sure that the grips are symmetrical for EIC matches. My left grip has the relief cut for the magazines release while the right grip is full checkered. My gun would not pass inspection at Camp Perry because the grips were not symmetrical. Now I have a new relief cut in the right grip too.  Rolling Eyes  
https://vzgrips.com/pistol-grips/1911/diamond-backs

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Post by james r chapman on 8/17/2019, 8:41 pm

Should have passed
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Post by x90rider on 8/17/2019, 8:46 pm

james r chapman wrote:Should have passed
My thought too but the armorer had a different opinion. No worries, nothing but a little sanding to make it acceptable.

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Post by spyer40 on 8/20/2019, 8:01 pm

+99 on sharkskins.  Sticky and price is right

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Post by John Dervis on 8/20/2019, 8:27 pm

So I ordered a pair of the sharkskin grips based on these recommendations.  I'm quite impressed by how the gun doesn't move.  I fired the 1st 100 rounds out of this gun today and it never shifted position.  It is a new RRA Wadgun with 20LPI on both the front strap and MSH so that's pretty aggressive as well but that in combination with the sharkskin grips was all I could ask for.  Thanks to all who replied.

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