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Old 07-08-2012, 05:43 PM   #551
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Not mine, but I love these.. might have to get a pair for my new 1911 Im picking up..

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Some constructive criticism from a fellow grip maker. Make sure the bottom edge of the grip follows the bottom edge of the pistol frame equally, whether that's completely flush or if you want a little gap. I noticed that the back edge of the grips is cut a bit higher than the rest. Also the cutout for the mag release is an important part to pay attention to.

Just a few pointers. I've made and sold close to 750 sets of grips and I'm still finding room for improvement. Keep up the good work.

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Thanks for trying out a couple grips and the report as well, Jonas! I really appreciate you taking the time to help me fine tune the details that make them better.

That spalted set really looks to be right in the money except the mag release cutout is slightly low(did not think it was that low on my RIA I use for fitting). The left grip of the maple set looks good too, but I must've been asleep finishing the right!! Ugh! The bottom angle is off, the holes were about 1/16th off, mag release cutout way off. No more working in the shop at 2am!!

In all seriousness though. A few of these details are things I should not miss and others are things that keep getting better. Now that I've made some precise templates the small fitting variances should all but be gone. Now I can focus on finish details and material selection.

Whenever you're ready to swap those out for better ones, Jonas, just let me know!! HOSS, yours are in the way and should certainly be long enough to eliminate that dreaded gap you despise! Maybe even too long. Can't wait to see. Also just made up my first bobtail set for another gentleman from the other forum. Between the grips and my holsters, it's gonna get busy I think. No complaints here!!

Thanks again fellas!!

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A good final test is to put the two sides of the grips together, inside to inside. Then put the front edge of the grips of a flat surface. The check that the back edge and bottom edge are identical. You need to be able to put them together and not see any variation.

I do this several times throughout the entire process of making the grips.

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Thanks for trying out a couple grips and the report as well, Jonas! I really appreciate you taking the time to help me fine tune the details that make them better.

That spalted set really looks to be right in the money except the mag release cutout is slightly low(did not think it was that low on my RIA I use for fitting). The left grip of the maple set looks good too, but I must've been asleep finishing the right!! Ugh! The bottom angle is off, the holes were about 1/16th off, mag release cutout way off. No more working in the shop at 2am!!

In all seriousness though. A few of these details are things I should not miss and others are things that keep getting better. Now that I've made some precise templates the small fitting variances should all but be gone. Now I can focus on finish details and material selection.

Whenever you're ready to swap those out for better ones, Jonas, just let me know!! HOSS, yours are in the way and should certainly be long enough to eliminate that dreaded gap you despise! Maybe even too long. Can't wait to see. Also just made up my first bobtail set for another gentleman from the other forum. Between the grips and my holsters, it's gonna get busy I think. No complaints here!!

Thanks again fellas!!
Awww, so you make holsters too -- We'll be talkin sum more my friend
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Awww, so you make holsters too -- We'll be talkin sum more my friend
Uh oh! Yeah, I'm tooling around with some leather. You can check out the progression here. Might be better at those than the grips.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/first-homemade-1911-holster-finished-66861/
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Uh oh! Yeah, I'm tooling around with some leather. You can check out the progression here. Might be better at those than the grips.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/first-homemade-1911-holster-finished-66861/
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That has been my thought. Make a nice set of grips, with a matching, custom holster, maybe throw a hint of matching engraving on the slide. You got a nice one of kind, matching, custom set up. Heirlooms.

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That has been my thought. Make a nice set of grips, with a matching, custom holster, maybe throw a hint of matching engraving on the slide. You got a nice one of kind, matching, custom set up. Heirlooms.
They call that a BBQ rig!
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