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I'm totally new to the .45 and now I own a brand new Gold Cup Trophy. Is it difficult to change the grips ? Is there anything i should know beforehand ?

Thanks in advance for your support !
 

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Just get a PROPER fitting bit for the screw,........
 

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Easy as putting on a new pair of shoes. Remove the two screws. Then pop off. I usually put my finger through the magazine well and pop It off from the inside. Helps if the grip is a really tight fit.
 

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Just get a PROPER fitting bit for the screw,........
Proper fitting tools are the most important thing, it seems. You can sure bugger up a nice gun using the wrong tools.
 

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Good advice above.

Also keep in mind that grips are sold in both standard and slim thickness. If yours came with standard grips, your pistol will most likely have standard length grip screw bushings, slim grips will not fit without changing the bushings.

Also if you have an ambi-safety where the right side is held in place by the right grip, make sure the replacements are cut for the ambi-safety too.
 

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Proper fitting tools are the most important thing, it seems. You can sure bugger up a nice gun using the wrong tools.
I swapped out Torx grip screws for GI slotted. Took an old stubby flat blade screwdriver and ground it down so that it would fit the slot properly and not mar the grip. Then I covered the blade tip with Plasti-Dip. Overkill, but I was bored and I like using my Dremel tool.
 

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I ordered mine from Wickedgrips and told Ed what my model is...he took care of sending me the proper screws...I'll keep you posted as soon as they arrive...
 

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I ordered mine from Wickedgrips and told Ed what my model is...he took care of sending me the proper screws...I'll keep you posted as soon as they arrive...
You have good taste! :thumb:

Anything Ed makes is straight up beautiful,even the grips with skulls! :eek:

DAT85
 

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Yes, and he's incredibly fast ! Notwithstanding I'm in Italy, we had a great, quick correspondence via e-mail...I understand his products are of good quality, I also ordered the screws and the holster from him...:nod:
 

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Ed is one of the best in the industry. I not THE best. You won't regret it. Ciao.
 

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Haha... very cool Norules! Glad to see you on the forum bud! The screws I am sending you take both a flat tip.. or a hex wrench... so no worries on the change!
 

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Also with any screws , after you find the correct bit , I put a small drop of oil in the slot of the screw , it just adds alittle cushion
while turning the screw driver . Comes in real handy when the screws are blued ones or working on a revolver . :thumb:
 

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That's true, Ed ! It might sound strange but I find difficulties in Italy in finding proper equipment and now I know I can rely on such a good firm...:thumb: Sometimes I feel I'm living in the Middle Age...:pound:
 

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I hear you Norules... I'd still love to come visit!! I miss the Italian Alps... and the food & wine!!!! These will be easy to do either way. And no offense to slabside, but dont oil the screw on these.... wood is a sponge, and will soak it up. They will also shoot loose if any oil gets on threads. The slex screws I am sending will screw right in easy... and you can just snug them up gently. No force needed... no overtitghten.

Do you have blue loctite availble over there? if you do.. just a tiny dab on the threads will work great.. if not, you can use just a dab of clear nail polish on the threads as well. Enjoy!!
 

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Be prepared for the bushings to be a real b!tch to get out, if your going thin and need to replace them.
Tell me about it... I changed out my factory Kimber grips with Esmiranda (sp) coco bolo thin grips. I didn't have a bit for my 1/2 inch pneumatic impact wrench!
 

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Sometimes the bushings are staked in.... be carefull!

Also... they make a bit at brownells for this... usefull if you plan on changing bushings
 

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So, Ed, take advantage of some holidays and come over here ! Nice food and wine are at their top and I can personally guarantee for the best 'carbonara' you ever had !

Thanks for the hint about Blue Loctite, I think we have it here...:thumb:
 

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I wish I could bud! But after xmas here, I have a huge new years eve concert we've promoted thru the tattoo studio (sideshow & concert... for 500 folks) and then, two weeks later, I hae to be in vegas for SHOT show. BUSY!! However, if I can ever swing a trip.. I would love to take the wife to italy!!! I'll eat s much I wont fit on the plane back! hahaha
 
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