Best sources for thin grips.....

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Sharptop, Jul 31, 2018.

  1. Sharptop

    Sharptop Member

    Jan 20, 2018
    I got my first new 1911 after selling a few others I had in the 80's that I just gave up on a gun buying frenzy/selling for a decade or so. But then I loved the Les Baer TRS after I picked one up at the Nashville NRA a few years ago. Loved the thin grips and purchase on the gun and now have relatively thin VZ grips on some Dan Wesson Valkyries I got recently give a feel of controlling the gun very well. Got a Guncrafter NN with their shredder grips which are thick and it hindered my shooting. Got a pair of Esmeralda thin grips on put them on the Guncrafter which are great, but a bit thinner than the VZ's on the Dan Wessons.

    So I am looking for some direction from addicts for some options for thin grips for the future. I have medium sized hands and I think the shape of the 1911 grip is a big deal. It helps me to shoot better. So other options would be welcome.
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  2. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    If you like VZ why not stick with them?
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  3. Colorado Sonny

    Colorado Sonny Deo Volente Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
  4. Bloodhound

    Bloodhound Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2018
    VZ Grips are excellent, any of the custom Gripmakers on the forum do fantastic work...
    Of course the classifieds usually always have some available as well, so your options are really only limited by your imagination, and Internet browsing ability...

    (Shameless plug, but I have a set for sale as well... LOL! Sorry, I couldn't resist.)
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  5. mikegalway

    mikegalway CEO of DILLIGAF industries Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014
  6. fieldgrade

    fieldgrade resident crank

    Mar 13, 2017
    I have VZ's on several 1911's, but bought some Cool Hand grips recently just for something different when I took the slimlines off a new Dan Wesson Valor. I also have had some success with grips from Fusion Firearms, and RAASCO, mentioned above.

    Don't forget new slimline grip bushings too.
  7. Wheels No More

    Wheels No More Long gone

    May 12, 2015
  8. Regalsc

    Regalsc Member

    Jun 23, 2018
    I just put some LOK slim grips on my Wiley Clapp Stainless Commander. They fit good & the texture is very grippy. I bought the mayhem series.
  9. fieldgrade

    fieldgrade resident crank

    Mar 13, 2017
    Smith and Alexander's website hasn't been updated since the Nixon administration, but many of their grips are available in Slimline, even though it doesn't say so. They can mail you an up to date catalog. And if you want to check how inflation has affected them, the 2002 grip price sheet is still posted.
  10. july19

    july19 Womb? Weary? He rests. He has travelled. Supporting Addict

    Sep 16, 2013
    Brian Challis does outstanding work.
  11. Spokes

    Spokes Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Sep 18, 2011
    I don't have a set of the slim VZ's but have tried them. Very nice feeling grip...
  12. DPVY

    DPVY Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2017
    We have some slim line Shredder grips in production right now. We will put them up on the site when we get them in.
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  13. studenygreg

    studenygreg Well-Known Member

    Jun 27, 2016
    My hand like standard grips, but my fingers prefer the slim. I have both styles on several of my pistols. All from VZ so far.

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  14. Joni Lynn

    Joni Lynn Professional Pest, NRA Patron member

    Dec 21, 2014
    There's a lot of great choices out there. If you find that you really like the ones on your LB, call LB and get a non-logo set along with screws/bushings.
    You'll find that many people have both a box of holsters that aren't quite what they wanted and another of grips that just didn't quite make the cut.
    Best wishes.
  15. Tots

    Tots Member

    Jan 1, 2017
    Absolutely. I got a couple of sets of LOKs. Quality is just as good as VZs at about 30% less cost if I remember correctly. And he made a custom pair for me at no extra cost so I wouldn’t have to shop at VZ. He didn’t stock the comparable design that I wanted. So I sent him what I wanted and he made it. That’s good business management to me. Keep the customers from having to go to the competition.
  16. Gary Wells

    Gary Wells Active Member

    Sep 26, 2011
    Maybe "Esmeralda's"?
  17. fatbaldguy

    fatbaldguy Cranky old curmudgeon

    Jul 28, 2017
    Ahren's make some nice grips. The wait can be, uhhmmmmmm, measured in geologic time scales. Just my experience.
  18. SparkyAZ

    SparkyAZ It is a dry heat, right... Supporting Addict

    Sep 11, 2012
    Kim Ahrends makes some phenomenal 1911 stocks... Slim or standard.
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    Sometimes it is worth the wait...
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  19. AVG

    AVG Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2014
    You can go on E-Bay and find many slim grips it depends on what you want to pay. You have to change the bushing and screws so to not mess up your mags.
  20. kc1911

    kc1911 Member

    Jul 13, 2018
    SparkyAZ: Are those grips Cocobolo? They're absolutely gorgeous. I prefer Ahrends for my revolvers but for some reason didn't think about them for my 1911.

    I may have to reconsider.

    p.s. my wait on revolver grips has typically been about 2 months. I'm not sure if it's any different for 1911 grips.

    p.s.s. Kim's customer service is great. My last set had a very small blemish that wasn't even his fault (the reseller smeared some ink on them), but he offered to take them back and refinish them at no charge.
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