are laser grips for 1911 really worth having?

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by jackal6, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. jackal6

    jackal6 New Member

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    Getting a 1911 and I want to know if laser grips would be worth getting as well
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Can you fire from the hip and hit your target every time without one?
     

  3. jackal6

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    Haven't really played with much hip fire but I shot a kimber with a laser grip I rented at a range and it was never on target at all almost a 12" right of where I was aiming
     
  4. Dillinger

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    Lasers point TWO ways. They also don't help much in bright light or direct sunlight.

    I vote no, and I had a set of Crimson Trace on my carry pistol for years. Having been exposed to their glaring downside by someone much more knowledgable than I, chose to take them off my Sig and put them in the safe.

    My 1911's have good, healthy grips and night sights. ;)
     
  5. jackal6

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    What grips would be recomended then?
     
  6. Overkill0084

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    I'm not a terribly big fan of them. But what you encountered was not the fault of the product. Rather it was the fault whoever failed to set them up correctly.
     
  7. mountainman13

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    I'd suggest dillingers if he is willing to sell. If not,crimson trace,prefferably a green laser.
     
  8. Dillinger

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    I designed my own and had a grip guy do the CNC machining on them. I like them because they withstand the baby oil test, they are G-10, and they say "Molon Labe" on them in Greek. :D

    My laser grips were for a Sig P228, not for the 1911.
     
  9. jackal6

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    How do u get custom grips made? Those sound nice
     
  10. tacticalfun

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    I vote no. I have laserlytes on my glocks and they just get in the way. If youre in a hiding position they just give you away
     
  11. Dillinger

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    1) Get an idea

    2) Start e-mailing people that make grips and see if they are game.

    :D

    I got mine through Larry Davidson atDavidsonKnives. Larry is the best and always finds time to run my couple of orders with a small batch where he can.

    I even bought a set of horn grips from one guy, had them mailed to Larry and he did my engraving on them.
     
  12. jackal6

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    How much does work like that run you?
     
  13. Dillinger

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    I'll post up a couple of pictures tonight. I meant to do it last night for tacticalfun as he asked about them too.

    Someone just remind me if I forget. :eek:
     
  14. Dillinger

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    I usually try to order a couple of sets at a time. I think if I buy the grip material from Larry they were like $55-$65 a set.

    One of a kind, so I think it's worth it. Then again my 1911's aren't just safe queens either. ;)
     
  15. jackal6

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    I will definetly look into it, I would like to have something that stands apart both in function and style
     
  16. Dillinger

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    Here are those pics I promised. (4) off vertical slits with the Greek writing down the center. I really like them. I have sold two guns with them on and the new owners like them as well. ;)
     

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  17. mountainman13

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    Simple yet elegant. Awesome.
     
  18. Dillinger

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    Thank you.

    The exposed G-10, due to the CNC cuts, allow for liquids to be leaked from your hands.

    During the Baby Oil test the grips did soak up some of the oil, but the gun did not slip out of my hand. The edges of the CNC cuts almost seem to force your hand to cause both a push/pull retention/resistance with the meat of the hand.

    While they are my design, they out performed what I thought they would do.
     
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