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Post by Bangarang on 10/3/2019, 8:29 pm

Hello, 

I have a M41 and the grips are a bit too large for my hand. I'd like to use it to practice for CMP / EIC pistol where I currently plan to use a 1911. 

Any recommendations for better grips would be greatly appreciated.  

Thanks,

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Post by orpheoet on 10/3/2019, 8:52 pm

.22 or Service Pistol? Either way I'd say paractice with the gun you're going to use...
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Post by Sa-tevp on 10/3/2019, 9:05 pm

I have some Herrett M41 stocks on my S&W M41 and like them a lot. I sent them back to Herrett for backstrap checkering and they did a fantastic job even though they warned me the lines would be off slightly and the hand checkering was not the same as the original machine checkering. A very good company to do business with. Rink in Germany might be another company to look at for M41 grips.

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http://www.herrettstocks.com/h41.htm

I'm sure Rink can offer a ambidextrous grip also.

https://www.formgriffe.de/en/shpSR.php?p1=400&p2=436

https://www.formgriffe.de/en/shpSR.php?A=123&p1=400&p2=436 1911 style
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Post by Ray Bersch on 10/4/2019, 8:13 am

I recently ordered the Herrett Trainers for the same reasons that you noted and based upon handling a friend's M41 with them installed.  They have not been delivered yet, still probably two weeks out. I hope to mimic the slabs on my 1911 but certainly need to shed the fat original grips.  Their website is ancient but the phone service is friendly and helpful.

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Post by WesG on 10/4/2019, 10:40 am

Another option, but not cheap.

http://www.cm-machine.com/Smith-Wesson-1911-Frame-Adapter_c_10.html

I have a set on an FWB, and they don't feel exactly like my 1911. I think it's the detail of where the mainspring housing is that's more sharply defined, machined from one piece, than a 1911 with an insert.

I got mine as an interim step to let me shoot it left handed without committing to a custom grip. Noting there's a decent market for selling used offset some of the cost, to my perspective anyway.

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Post by Bangarang on 10/4/2019, 6:29 pm

Thank you guys!

The Herrett grips appear to be the best option for now. 

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Post by LenV on 10/4/2019, 6:40 pm

The people at Herrett's will also work with you and make you totally custom grips. The Nationals are adjustable for most hand sizes but the Automatics have to be more personalized. They will even put your name inside them.

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Post by jstanfield103 on 10/8/2019, 11:11 am

I just bought a new M-41. I love the factory grips, but as you say they are to big for my small hands. I ended up taking the factory grips and filing and sanding the right side grip panel thumb rest off. Then made it a little thinner in that spot. It is now very comfortable for my small hands. Finished it with a wax finish after using 2000 grit sand paper to make it smooth. Looks factory done and very happy with it.

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Post by gregbenner on 10/8/2019, 5:53 pm

I also found the grips a bit large, i tried the Herret which were a bit better, but still.... I now have Rink medium size, and they are perfect for me. I think I still have the Herret’s somewhere, although I think I worked on them a bit before I decided to just get the Rinks.

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Post by Bangarang on 10/8/2019, 7:08 pm

Hey Greg,
How do the Herretts on the M41 compare dimensionally overall to the overall grip dimensions of a standard 1911 with standard grips?

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Post by Wes Lorenz on 10/8/2019, 9:40 pm

I didn't like my 41 until I bought a CMM grip. I like the feel now as it moved the grip forward and the trigger feels natural.

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Post by Allan Campbell on 10/9/2019, 10:32 am

I had the same problem. My hands are too small to comfortably use the factory grips and to reach the trigger well.

I tried both. I started with the Herrett Flat "Trainers" but the grip was still not comfortable. The front of the frame is exposed and most of the bulk of the grips is behind the actual frame. I still had difficulty getting my finger positioned on the trigger to pull straight back.

The CMM Adapter is less bulky and because it has part of it's "depth" in front of the frame and part behind, rather than all behind the frame, it moves your whole hand forward in relation to the gun, particularly the trigger. Think of it as not only changing the shape to that of a 1911, but adding a short trigger. For someone with small hands that's a big deal.  For larger hands, the Herrett Flat trainer grips may work as well. 

The CMM does not require much fitting. As I recall, it took 2 small swipes with a fine file to get a friction fit.

The frame where one of the screws attaches is thin and if you try to do more than snug it down, it could strip. The frame adapter is aluminum and the screw steel. First, it doesn't need to be more than snug. All it does is help keep the adapter aligned. Second, if you are concerned about it loosening, it is covered by the grips and can't back out. The grip tape also holds the halves together, and you can put a dab of Locktite on the screw if it makes you more comfortable. I did. And finally, if it does strip, CMM has a fix which is a 4-40 nut which is inlet into the grip panel and a slightly longer screw.

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Post by jstanfield103 on 10/9/2019, 5:11 pm

would love to see some pictures of them
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Post by gregbenner on 10/9/2019, 9:00 pm

Bangarang wrote:Hey Greg,
How do the Herretts on the M41 compare dimensionally overall to the overall grip dimensions of a standard 1911 with standard grips?
Unfortunately, I can’t remember that far back (I’m 71, more than a week is pretty tough Shocked )

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Post by gregbenner on 10/9/2019, 9:03 pm

Wes Lorenz wrote:I didn't like my 41 until I bought a CMM grip. I like the feel now as it moved the grip forward and the trigger feels
I’ve got them on my other 41, I like them better than any of the factory grips.

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