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Old 06-18-2014, 03:53 PM   #1
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Thinking about changing my grips

OK, you all know what a Custom Crimson Carry II looks like, but just in case you need a refresher ....

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After trying to shoot with the laser a few times at the range I've decided buying a gun with laser grips was a mistake (for me.) I'm not bashing Crimson Trace. I'm just saying I don't shoot well with the laser and have more confidence in the night sights. So, now I want to dress up Kim a little.

I prefer something with texture, but if anyone has experience shooting with grips that are smooth, yet attractive, I'm open to suggestion.

VZ Grips seems to top my list, but I can't make up my mind.

Anyone use Gun Goddess grips? They look awfully smooth. Not sure how I'd feel about that since Kim doesn't have any checkering on the front strap.

Would grip tape on the front strap and nice replacement grips look tacky?

Bottom line, I'm looking for suggestions for a two tone full size Kimber. Please be specific about both manufacture and specific grip you choose to recommend.
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:12 PM   #2
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I agree about the crimson trace - seemed like a great idea when we bought our Sig C3, but after a few trips to the range we both agreed to change out the grips & remove the crimson trace. To each their own.

Anyway, here's my suggestion for new grips for Kim https://vzgrips.com/gun-grips/1911/d...ger-stripe-g10

I have a couple pairs of VZ grips - really like them. I don't like smooth grips myself, but don't like the super aggressive sandpaper stuff either!
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I agree about the crimson trace - seemed like a great idea when we bought our Sig C3, but after a few trips to the range we both agreed to change out the grips & remove the crimson trace. To each their own.

Anyway, here's my suggestion for new grips for Kim https://vzgrips.com/gun-grips/1911/d...ger-stripe-g10

I have a couple pairs of VZ grips - really like them. I don't like smooth grips myself, but don't like the super aggressive sandpaper stuff either!
I really like those. Very traditional look, with a moderate looking texture. Just enough black to bring out the slide. Thanks for the suggestion.
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If anyone wants to get creative with the grip concept, I was also entertaining a complete two-tone look, using black or black/gray grips. Would that be too much? Too 'blah' for my first Kimber?

Don't be afraid to get creative with your suggestions, but give it some thought first.
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:30 PM   #5
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I found this site awhile back and really like their selection...
1911 pistol grip products - js gun grips
A little two tone in blk/grey...but they have much more to offer..
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:37 PM   #6
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Thanks, Jeff. I hadn't seen that site. While looking, I was thinking the black/green with in the Gator Burst might look good with my new KG's Holster.

This could get expensive.... again.
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I have put off buying a new firearm for awhile until I find out the cost of college for my daughter..
BUT....I have been adding new grips for each of my boyz just to give them a different look and to make sure they are proud of the way they look when they come out to play...
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Grips are cheaper than guns, that's for sure.
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If you like VZ grips check out Raasco grips they make a similar product at about the same price with some additional colors. For a good set of hand made grips you have to check out thefinergrain.com. I have bought grips from each of these companies and will recommend any one of them.
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Yeah, Raasco has a good selection. I'd definitely check them out. That is where I bought my Ebony grips that I have on my stainless PC II. As for smooth grips, I have smooth on both of my Kimbers and personally, I like them. I found the aggressive textured ones irritating on my right, non-trigger fingers. And I have no trouble holding on to a gun. I think the "need" for checkering is a little over stated.

Perhaps exotic woods are too fancy or not the look you want, but Adam Brown (Brown's Custom Grips) has a lot of pictures of grips on guns, including 3 or 4 black slide two tones. I really like wood that is smooth vs. checkered, but that's a very subjective thing.
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