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What are your favorite grips? I just had these elephant ivory grips with delta inserts made for the delta elite that Larry Vickers will be building for me in about 1 1/2 to 2 years. It has been a while since I handled nice ivory and these really take your breath away. There is some grain structure there that the photos don't do justice to. The Swensen post got me thinking about the look of the older guns and these fit right in. Don't know how durable they will be though.


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While I appreciate beauty in the looks of fine grips, most of my guns are "working" guns, and I have Hogue wrap-around rubber grips on most of mine. They just feel right in my hands. Not slippery, and not that bad to acquire a quick, correct grip when drawing from holster.

PS - those ivory pieces are sharp - should look real nice on that Delta !

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Nothing like the beauty of handsomely figured wood on a 1911. I have some from Hogue that I really like and some from Spegel that are noteworthy. Micarta has a functional sort of beauty and is pretty rugged stuff. MD Labs has their G-11 GunGrips extra rugged stocks, but sadly they don't offer them in a normal GI profile. At $80 a bit over priced IMO. Sorry Steve and Kevin, but make a $60 pair in an ordnance pattern and you would have a buyer here. I don't need (or want) the stainless bushings either.

Shane, I am one of those that is not at all enamored with the Hogue rubber wrap arounds. In my view, they make a 1911 feel too square. I don't care for the material at all. For me, it doesn't allow for the subtle hand adjustment that other stock choices do and the rubber tends to grap cover garments, causing them to print.

Ivory is special to me. I really like it a lot. Few things are as beautiful on a 1911 IMO. Many varieties to choose from a well. Smooth elephant ivory is very nice next to bare skin on an IWB carry gun, when no under shirt is being worn.

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DD,

Then you would absolutely HATE the feel of my Para's (read - double stack) with the Hogue wrap-arounds ! I'm OK - I've got loooong fingers. Printing used to be a concern - I just watch how I bend now, and tend to keep my right elbow close to my side !
 

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On a PARA! My God Shane, you must have a two octave reach on a piano. :smile:

Yeah, that wouldn't work for me. I carry a double stack STI, but Dane ground the front strap to negate some of the boxeyness.

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I'm partial to wood, although I would love to get a nice set of ivory grips. I like the color on tulipwood, but for a work piece I like something dark like ebony or African Blackwood.
 

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I love the look of nicely figured rosewood or cocobolo. Checkering is a must.

DD: MD Labs is coming out with ordnance pattern GunGrips. Don't hold your breath for a price change though. I'd love them if they were checkered, but I'm not going to put a file to them myself.
 

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Hogue, dbl diamond. I am partial to African Blackwood which I have cut on custom order by them for my shop.
 

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Dane,

Would Hogue be able to do a pair in smooth African Blackwood with a thin profile?
 

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I'm partial to the slim-tech type grips. I have them on my wilson with a thunder ranch insignia and plan to put them on a new aluminum compact if my overtime check will ever get here. I have hands on the small side of average and they feel good, they are the only grip I've found that allows me to shoot a high thumb on the saftey. JS
 

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Well, I think "Real Wood" looks AWESOME...but I prefer the FEEL of the Hogue rubber grips...the separate panels, NOT the one-piece wraparounds...just fit my hands like they were made for 'em!!!....mikey357
 

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Im having a few sets made in hand selected (by me) Desert Ironwood. I picked through a few thousand dollars worth of Ironwood to find 3 sets that were the best for grips. 1 pair will go on the Vickers gun im having built, the others were given to Larry for future projects of his own.

To sum it up i like any nice wood, in either double diamond or full checkered. As far as makers out there, the Hogues seem to be the best checkered overall.
 

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I'm obviously a little biased, but my favorite grips are MD Labs GunGrips. Currently they are available in ThinGrip and MadDog pattern, we are working on Ordnance pattern. The MadDog pattern fits my hand really well, and the physical characteristics (chemical resistance, wear characteristics, strength and overall durability) of the material blow any other grips out of the water.

After the GunGrips, I like the CarbonCreations carbon fiber grips. I have a pair in blue which are quite nice, and I'd like to have a set of the spiffy looking red with yellow.

Ivory look great to me on a presentation gun, but I prefer a more utilitarian appearance on working guns.

I also enjoy the aesthetics of tulipwood, especially on a blued frame.
 
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