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Checkering?

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Carolinaboy, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. Carolinaboy

    Carolinaboy Aim Small Miss Small Supporting Addict

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    Sep 17, 2011
    Hey guys, I was wondering if y'all know of any companies that do a good job of checkering the frontstrap of the 1911s? I have a kimber warrior that I want to have the grip checkered. Somewhat aggressive, 30LPI or so. I would like to do this eventually, not too soon. Just thinking out loud. Also been kicking around the idea of redoing my gun in Cerakote HK Black. Dunno....maybe

    Anybody have any ideas. I may just do the griptape instead :lol:
     
  2. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
    Springfield does good machine checkering.

    I'd go with 20 or 25 lpi.
     

  3. Earlsbud

    Earlsbud Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

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    Aug 28, 2011
    I've been looking at machine checkering too. Something to keep in mind is matching the front strap to the checkering on the MSH.
     
  4. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

    Aug 18, 2011
    SACS, or a lot of smiths will be able to do it. You could also do something like golfballs, scallops, etc. if you want something different. Most smith's will also send the pistol out to be refinished. To my knowledge, none of them handle all of the finishes, so your best bet with Cerakote is to send it to Business End Customs or send it somewhere you want.
     
  5. Carolinaboy

    Carolinaboy Aim Small Miss Small Supporting Addict

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    Sep 17, 2011
    Business End Customs? I'm not familiar with them

    EDIT: Just checked them out, looks pretty good. Do they do checkering ?
     
  6. ajstrider

    ajstrider Active Member

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    Sep 15, 2011
    30 lpi is not very aggressive, I would recommend 20 or 25 lpi like someone else said, or match your mainspring housing. After looking for Kimber replacement mainspring housings, it looks like it is checkered at 20 lpi. I was under the impression that the Kimpro coating on the Warriors is pretty decent, what about it is not to your liking?
     
  7. Carolinaboy

    Carolinaboy Aim Small Miss Small Supporting Addict

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    Sep 17, 2011
    Yeah I don't know what I was thinking with 30LPI, lol

    Nothing is wrong with Kimpro coating just thinking if it needs to be refinished why not cerakote
     
  8. lsbbigdog

    lsbbigdog Smiffin' ain't easy Sponsor

    Aug 21, 2011
  9. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Schütze

    Aug 17, 2011
    The first one I had done in 25lpi and I like it a lot. Should be about great for a carry pistol. The second I had done in 20lpi and I'm liking it even better. These are both range pistols and if I were doing another I would go with 20lpi. I do like both back and frontstraps to match.. Ron

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  10. Carolinaboy

    Carolinaboy Aim Small Miss Small Supporting Addict

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    Sep 17, 2011
    Second one is 20LPI right? I like it!
     
  11. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Schütze

    Aug 17, 2011
    yes.. It's the longslide.. Jay Crowder did both.. Ron

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  12. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
  13. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Schütze

    Aug 17, 2011
    Nice.. I like it.. Ron
     
  14. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
    Thanks!!!
    that's my old SS TRP
     
  15. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Schütze

    Aug 17, 2011
    Is that a ring on your right middle finger? LOL.. Or possibly just going out of focus toward the trigger guard.. Ron
     
  16. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
    just a shallow DoF.

    here's another shot.

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  17. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Schütze

    Aug 17, 2011
    Nice points... Ron

    PS: I never had one of my pistols to anyone that's wearing a ring.. LOL
     
  18. jst1tym

    jst1tym What No Delete Button? Supporting Addict

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    Aug 23, 2011
    Had my emp machined checkered at 30lpi at SA Custom Shop. The 30lpi is a bit tame if you're needing something a little more aggressive I'd recommend 20-25lpi. SA does a pretty good job too :thumb:
     
  19. Sir Guy

    Sir Guy Sharpening Ockham's Razor Supporting Addict

    Aug 20, 2011
    Springfield Armory Custom Shop usually gets high marks for machine-cut checkering.

    Personally, I'm a fan of wider but flatter checkering.

    30 lpi feels like flypaper to me. It's harder for me to make slight adjustments to my grip, as it's quite tacky.

    A lot of folks like 20 or 25 lpi. They're good compromises.

    I really like the 15 lpi on mine; the diamonds are softened noticeably. It's more like grenade-type checkering rather than file-like diamonds.

    Andy
     
  20. knedrgr

    knedrgr Low capacity, low tech...

    Aug 15, 2011
    Here's my filed down 15lpi.
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