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Old 01-22-2011, 07:21   #1
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1911 Front Strap Treatments

I am working on a plan for a custom built and a modified 1911 and cannot make up my mind about the front strap treatment I want. I like Kimber's 30 LPI checkering, and the golfball type look pretty cool as well. I have seen but never shot stippling, and the vertical grooves on Sig pistols seem to work well. Other than grip tapes, what do you have on the front strap of your 1911? What do you like about it what do you not like about it?

Pictures are welcome.
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:36   #2
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A shop close to me does this...I don't like them but haven't seen them elsewhere.
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:40   #3
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20 or 25 LPI checkering is good for grip, everything else is just cosmetic.

I've personally owned 1911s with 30, 25 and 20 LPI checkering, I also have one with serrations.

I think the serrations look nice but don't do anything.

30 LPI checkering is too slick to spend the money on.

25 & 20 are nice.

Golfballing looks ridiculous.

Sandpaper tape and Pachmayr grips are ugly but both offer better grip than checkering at 1/10th the cost.

A good parkerized finish offers decent traction too.
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:12   #4
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The 15 lpi on my no name is really good
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:30   #5
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:49   #6
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I went the poor boy route and got skateboard tape
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:48   #7
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skateboard tape for old guns, 20-30 lpi checkering for a custom order.
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:07   #8
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25LPI is best IMO. The checkering on the TRP's (20LPI) are a little too rough. I couldn't even notice the vertical serrations that was on my YoBo 1* pistol. Stan Chens new design is something you might want to look at.
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:23   #9
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Nobody mentioned stippling. It's not seen much any more.

I like 25 lpi.

A lot of folks prefer a plain front strap.

There are always pachmyer wrap-arounds, too. I have that on a Springfield Compact, and it works fine.

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Old 01-22-2011, 10:33   #10
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I like STI's stippling, both the look and the added grip, but I would go with checkered on a custom order because I like the look of well done checkering.

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Old 01-22-2011, 11:01   #11
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Another vote for 25 LPI checkering here, great feel. As far as my favorite aesthetically, that would be vertical serrations like on my old Gold Cup.

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Old 01-22-2011, 11:07   #12
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20 or 25 LPI checkering is good for grip, everything else is just cosmetic.

I've personally owned 1911s with 30, 25 and 20 LPI checkering, I also have one with serrations.

I think the serrations look nice but don't do anything.

30 LPI checkering is too slick to spend the money on.

25 & 20 are nice.

Golfballing looks ridiculous.

Sandpaper tape and Pachmayr grips are ugly but both offer better grip than checkering at 1/10th the cost.

A good parkerized finish offers decent traction too.
Agreed, on all counts!
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Old 01-22-2011, 11:36   #13
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Big fan of the Rogers' Golfball

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Also like SA's 20 LPI

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Guncrafter's 15 LPI feels really good

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I've really come to like stippling too. My next gun might get a stippled front strap and MSH, as this one feels really good in the hand.

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25 LPI also has a great feel

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30 LPI feels grippy enough and looks good IMO

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Old 01-22-2011, 12:37   #14
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Really like the Commander there, especially the top of the front strap. Nicely done.
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Old 01-22-2011, 13:05   #15
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Thanks. That's one of my favorite CC 1911's that I own.
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Old 01-22-2011, 13:30   #16
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I think Chuck Rogers' Golfballing looks great and certainly provides a grip!
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I think Chuck Rogers' Golfballing looks great and certainly provides a grip!
I agree. It's my favorite front strap treatment out of them all, by a pretty good margin.
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Old 01-22-2011, 15:37   #18
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Wow, some good looking pistols. I just got back from the range with my almost new Colt Lwt Commander 38 Super. All I can say is Awesome! I love this caliber, and the Colt is super (pun intended) as well.
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Old 01-22-2011, 16:21   #19
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I would go with chuck's golfball.
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Old 01-23-2011, 17:31   #20
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I see lots of conversations in here about what front strap checkering to get and such, but I am considering getting a 1911 that has a smooth front strap, is this a bad idea? I would think with a nice set of rough textured grip panels, which you can hot swap around to find the ones you like, rather than a permanent one shot deal on front strap checkering, would do the trick for a nice grip on the gun.
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