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Old 01-24-2010, 04:48   #1
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Ahrends 1911 Grips - Advice welcome

Does anyone have any experience with Ahrends grips?

Here's the link: http://www.ahrendsgripsusa.com/1911.htm



I'm looking to replace the (gawdy) ones on my Performance Center 1911 .38 Super +P.


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Old 01-24-2010, 05:04   #2
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They have been making quality grips for years.
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:35   #3
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I've had a few of Ahrends grips.
Great quality, outstanding value!
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:18   #4
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I never had a set, Cobra, but I've seen them before.

They're very well made and attractive from what I remember.

They would look great on your Performance Center.
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:19   #5
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That's a pretty piece of cocobolo.
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:40   #6
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i got them. i like their full checkered grips.

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Old 01-24-2010, 10:47   #7
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I've never seen their 1911 grips in person, but I've heard lots of good things about their S&W revolver grips.
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Old 01-24-2010, 12:42   #8
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Thank you my friends, I knew I could count on your sage advice.

Now that the quality criteria has been established, now the question is aesthetics...

Apparently, they don't offer engraved reliefs of a blood dripping dagger, skull & cross-bones, or a 3-D of Hillary stepping out of the shower.
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Apparently, they don't offer engraved reliefs of a blood dripping dagger, skull & cross-bones, or a 3-D of Hillary stepping out of the shower.
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Thank you my friends, I knew I could count on your sage advice.

Now that the quality criteria has been established, now the question is aesthetics...
Cobra, as you know, I really like the half checkered look.

I have them on my Nighthawk Enforcer.

I also like the Spalted Maple grips on my other Nighthawk.

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Thank you my friends, I knew I could count on your sage advice.

Now that the quality criteria has been established, now the question is aesthetics...

Apparently, they don't offer engraved reliefs of a blood dripping dagger, skull & cross-bones, or a 3-D of Hillary stepping out of the shower.
That's a shame. I guess you could always get some custom work.

Another company to look at if you're willing to settle for something that's classy and not lame is RAASCO. I have a set of their grips, and have talked others into getting more, and we've all been really pleased.
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That's a shame. I guess you could always get some custom work.

Another company to look at if you're willing to settle for something that's classy and not lame is RAASCO. I have a set of their grips, and have talked others into getting more, and we've all been really pleased.
Eyescream, thanks for the RAASCO link! I like their Dymondwood and Cocobolo grips, and the fact that they take into consideration the ambi safety cut for guys who happen to be left handed.

I'll be ordering something in the next day or two after I've had a chance to noodle on color, grain texture, and checkering coverage that suits a stainless 1911. Of course I'd like to hear more from all of you guys on that. Bac makes good points in the 1/2 coverage checkering.
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I've not used the 1911 grips but I currently have Ahrends on 4 Smiths and love them.
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Old 01-24-2010, 16:18   #14
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They make good quality grips, but use a poor polyurethane finish. You may want to opt for the more expensive hand rubbed oil finish.

I bought a pair of retro targets for a Smith&Wesson Model 14. They were very pretty, and the fit was outstanding. In the course of weekly range practice last summer, and the corresponding cleanings. The finish became tacky, and started coming off.

I was very careful not to get any solvent on the grips, but that didn't stop the finish from going bad. Since I have experience refinishing wood, I plan to do the job myself.
I just haven't gotten to it yet.
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