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1911 Grip Extension Help Needed

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by ricsha, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. ricsha

    ricsha Oregon Coast - Lincoln City Member

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    I need some help, advice, on extending the grip on my 1911 Officer (Compact) style Kimber. I'd like to get at least another .25 inches. (I know, I should just buy a full size frame, but sometimes you "gotta dance with the one you brought to the prom"). I see several varieties of magwells out there; would they accomplish what I want?

    TechWell has a Magwell/Grip System that uses longer grips cut to accept a tab on the magwell to hold it in place, so you need the complete system. Hogue has something similar called Extreme Mag/Grip Kit that includes a new Mainspring housing. Both priced in the 150 range.

    Wilson has a Mag Well that, with minor grip modification clips around the lower grip bushings to hold it in place, only about 40 bucks, or for 90 dollars a speed chute that uses a new mainspring housing to hold a mag well in place.

    Any experience with these or similar would be appreciated. I have not seen any in person, just pictures online.
     
  2. huntpotter

    huntpotter SW WA Negotiator Bronze Supporter

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    I've had the Wilson magwell that fits under the grip panels. It is easy to install. You still will need new grip panels, that are the square bottom style, so they blend with the mag well, so you might be into it $80 by the time you are done. The new Hogue system looks solid. I've only seen it on the net.
     
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    Southridge Orting WA. Member

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    reloadem Monroe, OR Member

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  5. ricsha

    ricsha Oregon Coast - Lincoln City Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions. Reloadem, that hogue rubber grip is cheap enough I might just give it a try first. If I still think I need a longer grip, I can order one of the others.