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Gloves 09-06-2010 05:02 AM

Walnut Grips
I was searching around for a nice pair of walnuts for
my Kimber. (Came with black rubber grips) I clicked
a banner at the top of the site and found these:

ED BROWN : 1911 AUTO COCOBOLO GRIPS - World's Largest Supplier of Firearm Accessories, Gun Parts and Gunsmithing Tools
  1. It doesn't say they are made out of walnut
  2. What are all these Standard vs Bobtail
  3. What are they talking about bobtail?
I'm just trying to get an awesome classic walnut grip for my Kimber.

Anything else I need to know?
"Damn! That-is my Gun!"

danf_fl 09-06-2010 06:57 AM

Cocobolo is a wood product (and looks nice, too). That is what is on my DW CBOB. I thought that also had the walnut. Further searching may be required.

Have you thought about making your own? A little patience, planning, and careful execution, you could have your own unique set of grips.

danf_fl 09-06-2010 07:59 AM

World's Largest Supplier of Firearm Accessories, Gun Parts and Gunsmithing Tools - BROWNELLS
Stk #078-000-148DG Diamond Grip, Walnut.
Stk #052-002-109DG Ahrends Walnut Diamond

NGIB 09-06-2010 08:21 AM

You didn't say if yours is an Officer or a Government sized frame and it makes a difference. Most of the wood grips readily available for 1911s are made from cocobolo - which is a nice reddish color wood. Bobtail grips only will work for you if your Kimber is bobtailed - which you'd know if it was. Dan provided you some options from Brownells and here is a set from CDNN at a reasonable price (I'm assuming you have a Gov't frame)...

1911 Double Diamond Checkered Coca Bola Grips New Herrett

lonyaeger 09-06-2010 12:15 PM

Some of my favorite grips out there:

and these, don't know if they make for a bobtail yet:

canebrake 09-06-2010 06:51 PM

Gloves, before you buy any grips I'd like to introduce you to Sarge43, a member here on FTF and a guy that has mad grip makin' skillz!

First, take a look at his thread How about a nice grips thread? and I'll bet you can find at least one set that will blow your skirt up!

Should you find Sarge's grips to your liking, give him a visit here: Sarge's Grips

Be sure to tell Sarge you saw his grips here on FTF.

DrumJunkie 09-06-2010 07:15 PM

I've bought a couple off these guys. They make some pretty nice stuff. Make sure to tell them if you need them cut for an ambi safety if your pistol has one.

Sarge43 09-07-2010 03:58 AM

Thanks Canebrake, that's nice of you. :)

OP -
Standard vs. Bobtail - The "standard" 1911 frame comes to a point at the butt end of the grip. A bobtail is rounded off substantially. You can see what I'm talking about in the pics below. The top is your "standard" and the bottom is your "bobtail". As you can see, ordering the wrong style would NOT be good.
You have many reputable and skilled grip makers out there. Researching them and their wares is a really enjoyable undertaking as you're going to see a lot of the beauty that nature and man have to offer. Enjoy it!
Good luck,

NGIB 09-07-2010 12:42 PM

Sarge, one of these days I'm going to have to order a set as you make some gorgeous grips...

jackg 09-07-2010 03:02 PM

Sarge is great to deal with and if you can't find what you're looking for on his site just ask him about it and he'll do a custom order if possible.

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