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1911 without grips?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Hardwood floor guy, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Hardwood floor guy

    Hardwood floor guy Beaverton Active Member

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    Anyone know of a possible issue running your 1911 without the grips on?
    I had my grips off and noticed how good the gun felt without the grips on it.
    I know it will give dirt a little more room to get in but is there a hazzard to doing it?
     
  2. jake2far

    jake2far Portland Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yes there can be one serious draw back, if the unsupported part of the case ruptures it can cause serious damage to your hand. Several grip manufacturers have put thin metal plates inside their grips to protect the hand from this problem. I would at least install a thin metal cover where the grips where. Keeps it clean and protects your hand.

    Jim
     
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  3. Nutty4Guns

    Nutty4Guns Portland ADHD Superstar

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    You mean, aside from looking like a complete tool at the range?:p
     
  4. Hardwood floor guy

    Hardwood floor guy Beaverton Active Member

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    that would not be good,the extra protection of the grip would be good to have at that point.
    it just fits so good without the grips.shooter preference i guess but i do prefer keeping my hands:)
    i like the idea of some kind of plate in the recessed areas though.
     
  5. Hardwood floor guy

    Hardwood floor guy Beaverton Active Member

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    well i have learned not to worry about how i look to others over the years but i like the feel of the gun that way.
     
  6. Spray-n-pray

    Spray-n-pray Battle Ground Moderator Staff Member

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    Maybe you should try a set of thin grips before you give up on ol' slabsides.
     
  7. Nutty4Guns

    Nutty4Guns Portland ADHD Superstar

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    I keed, I keed. I joka wit you.
     
  8. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    Interesting question.
     
  9. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    They make thin and ultra thin grips.
     
  10. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I advice you to discontinue operating your firearm w/o the grips. The plunger is usually one of the weakest points in a 1911. Some 1911 rely on the grips for support. Should the plunger come loose, will need to re-stake. Some models have grips that do not support the plunger, and plunger never comes loose. It is up to you if you want to risk it.