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    Rock Island 1911 grips

    I have a Rock Island 1911 A1 Tactical .45 (quite a name) with a 5" barrel, my first 1911 .45. For some reason, I'm thinking abut changing the grips. I've been looking at rosewood grips on ebay ($35) that look pretty good. Any opinions on pretty wooden grips over the tactical ones that are on it?

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    Go for it.Iím a sucker for nice grips. An easy way to improve the appearance of any handgun, IMO.
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    Can't beat https://www.altamontco.com/pistol-grips/1911-government
    Have had several sets of altamont grips, and they have all been nice. Currently have their slim profile checkered rosewood on my RI 1911 tac and love them. Had a thicker set of heavy checkered and they were great at the range, but would chew you alive carried all day as a woods gun.
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    Two things here -- appearance/taste and functionality/grip-ability. Since 1911 grips are among the easiest to make, they come in just about every material imaginable. I prefer rosewood or walnut, but have others as well. Most are checkered to provide a surface to hang onto, but I have a couple of smooth sets where the front strap is checkered and they're still easy to hang on to. Hard to change grips on a Glock or other plastic marvel, but 1911 grips offer personal customization, and makes the pistol "yours".
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    Here's a RIA 1911 with rosewood laminate grips. If I recall correctly they came from Brownell's. jcren's suggestion to look at Altamont grips is also a good one. I've purchased several sets of revolver grips from them and have always been pleased.
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    The grips that are on there now are very functional, but they have a space gun look to them. I'm a sucker for wood on guns.
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    I like the thin rosewood double diamonds. Matter of fact I need to order me a new set also after 10 yrs of every day carry they are getting pretty smooth.

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    Personally, I like checkered Tulipwood on a 1911. Its orange stripes are different enough but not too strange, it still looks like wood.

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    My Rock Island has the ambi safety. Any problems with the fit of the Altamonts?

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    Grips are very personal. I like a nice set of wood grips on just about any handgun.
    That said, none of my handguns wear wood grips. Why? Because practicality beats pretty nearly every time.
    I need thin grips because I have short, fat fingers. My hands also sweat very easily. I need the extra grippability(new word) of rubber or G10 grips for things to work well for me.
    My revolvers wear Pachmeyr grips and my 1911 pistols wear G10 grips. I don't mind the dark colors because the only thing I want the bad guy to see is the muzzle flash.

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    I've had Pachmayrs on My 2 Colts forever or 40yrs, whichever I remember. My Springfield Armory 1911 wears Double Diamond Checkered Walnut. And My Norinco has the brown plastic that came on it.
    The last I just never changed, guess the WWII plastic surplus just works.

    I like the look of the DD walnut, the idea behind grips is to help you hold the Handgun the same way every time. Slick grips with a smooth surface seem to negate that idea.

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    I changed mine from very rough grips to a wood grips from a woman’s touch in Texas Click image for larger version. 

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    Here’s a few other sets she’s done for meClick image for larger version. 

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    Those are some nice grips above! You can get more different grips for the 1911 than any other pistol on the planet. Plain Jane brown plastic to Meteorite,perhaps.

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    yes sir 1911 is all she does,every type you can think of.she did these 3 sets 2 years ago for me,ive gotum on this custom,a springfield and a colt national gold cup

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    I had a pair of very nice Ahrend's Kingwood tactical grips on my EDC 1911 - for about a week. I was carrying it IWB, and the sharp checkering on those grips were just too hard on my hide! I switched them for a set of OD green Magpul polymer grips. They're pretty ugly, but they're incredibly practical.
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    All this thread has done is make me want a RIA 1911.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas by God View Post
    All this thread has done is make me want a RIA 1911.....
    That's not a bad thing.

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    I checked out Woman’s Touch grips - she does great work. I'm not on Facebook so I'll give her a call.

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    Try RAASCO grips from Vegas.............very good prices and excellent quality! Google RAASCO grips!

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    It looks like RAASCO is out of business, unless I missed their site. Too bad - they look good.

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