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Old 12-28-2017, 05:59 AM   #1
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VZ Grips......A Problem.

Went to put my new VZ thin grips on yesterday and while the grips themselves are top notch there was a problem.
Removing the old bushings was easy, thanks to Chuck suggesting getting the Brownells removal tool, but after hand tightening the new bushings I found that the Brownells tool didn't fit into the bushings. I even tried a screwdriver but that didn't fit either, so rather than messing up the bushings I called VZ. They knew right away that neither Brownells nor any other manufacturers tools fit their bushings and VZ doesn't even sell a tool that fits! WTH. I was told to grind down an old screwdriver or go to a hardware store and search for a blade that would fit. If they would have mentioned this then I would not have purchased them. Has left a very bad taste in my mouth. Now I'm going to have to buy new bushings from Brownells which I could already have had if I'd of known.
Hope this helps someone.
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Old 12-28-2017, 06:18 AM   #2
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Well that sucks, I hope they're willing to take them back and return your money.
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Old 12-28-2017, 06:21 AM   #3
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Here's what I found from personal experience, buy kimber bushing. They sell regular and thin grip. I boggered up one thread and will never do it again.
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VZ Grips......A Problem.

Dumb problem but not a deal breaker. You chose to use a tool while for years most of us just used the proper screw driver. I have all kinds of tools for just my guns.

VZ Grips are top notch and their staff has always been great when spoken too.

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PS: I keep a small bag of bushings for just in case issues. Just good things to stock up in.

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Well that sucks, I hope they're willing to take them back and return your money.
I'm sure they will but it's not worth the trouble. I'd rather give them to someone on the Forum that might need them.
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Originally Posted by bhunted View Post
Dumb problem but not a deal breaker. You chose to use a tool while for years most of us just used the proper screw driver. I have all kinds of tools for just my guns.

VZ Grips are top notch and their staff has always been great when spoken too.
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I chose to use the correct tool so as not to take a chance of scratching the frame.
As I said, the grips are fantastic and yes the customer service is good, they always answer the phone after just a few rings. However they should make it clear that normal tools will not work on their bushings and avoid the frustration I went through.
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Old 12-28-2017, 08:32 AM   #7
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My father was a Tool and Die Maker before he opened his hardware store in 1947. Nothing would upset him more then seeing me use the wrong tool for the job I was doing. I think one of his many accomplishments was inventing the "Gibbs Head Slap". If you're going to use those bushings then fit a hollow ground screwdriver to the slot before attempting to install them.
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Interesting, didn't know there was a problem with VZ bushings. I also have in baggies an assortment of standard and thin bushings and screws on hand to avoid headaches like you encountered.
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Never slipped or scratched a frame yet. Iíve had screws seize in bushings, bushing refusing to come out, etc.
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Old 12-28-2017, 12:25 PM   #10
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Buy a wheller screw driver set. They have all the most popular bits, Philips, flat, torqs for handguns. It's reasonable price wise and if you're going to tinker with firearms you'll need them
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