What 1911 grips fit my pistol?
What 1911 grips fir MY pistol? This is often the single most confusing issue that comes up for those shopping for grips for their 1911 pistols. There are so many manufacturers, with so many different models, that it can be difficult for those new to their 1911 pistols to know exactly what they have in relation to the traditional names for these frame sizes & styles.
Below is a guide to help you identify the basic frame size you model corresponds to. This list is not complete, nor does it take into account custom features that your gun may or may not have (ambidextrous safeties, magwells and extended control levers like slide stops can effect grip fit on some models)… but it will be of help to most who are new to the 1911 world.
1. 1911 Government model (Fullsize Standard 1911)
Colt series 80, Colt Series 70, Colt Combat Elite, Colt Delta Elite, Colt Competition, Colt Gold cup, Kimber Custom Series, Kimber Gold Match Series, Kimber Raptor, Kimber Stainless II, Kimber Two Tone II, Kimber Warrior, Kimber Eclipse, Kimber TLE II RL, Kimber TLE II, Kimber Covert, Remington R1, Ruger 1911SR, Taurus PT1911, Rock Island GI, Rock Island TCM single stack “FS”, Springfield Armory Mil Spec 1911, Springfield Armory Operator, Springfield Armory Loaded, Springfield Armory Range Officer, Springfield Armory Range Officer Elite Target, Springfield Armory TRP, Wilson CQB, Wilson Tactical Carry, Wilson Protector, Wilson XTAC, Dan Wesson Bruin, Dan Wesson Valor, Dan Wesson Pointman series, Dan Wesson Discretion, Smith & Wesson SW1911 FULL frame series, Ed Brown Kobra, Ed Brown Executive Target, Ed Brown Special Forces, Cabot 1911’s, Les Baer Premier II, Nighthawk Enforcer, Nighthawk Falcon, Nighthawk GRP, Nighthawk Predator, STI Trojan, Sig Sauer Scorpion full size, Sig Sauer Match Elite, Sig Sauer STX Full Size, Sig Sauer TACOPS…
There are many more, including lower priced imports that also fall into this category… if you are not sure, be sure to watch our video below!
2. 1911 Commander Model (Fullsize Standard 1911)
Commanders share the same frame size at the above Government model pistols, so use the same Fullsize Standard Grips… Some examples would be Kimber PRO Series, Colt Commander, Springfield Champion models, Wilson CQB Commander, Sig Sauer Carry models that are not round butt configuration, Dan Wesson Commander Valor and Commander Specialist.
3. 1911 Officer Model (Compact 1911)
Officer models are the compact series, and come with a typical 3″ barrel length and a shorter magazine that hold one less round (typically). Due to the vast offerings from dozens of manufacturers, there are many common names for this model. The oldest is Officers Model, but other common names are Kimber’s Ultra series, Sig Sauer’s Ultra series. Springfield Armory has the Compact series 1911s like their Range Officer. Colt has the Defender series and the New Agent series as well as the Officers model. If you watch our video below, you will gain a better understanding of size difference between the fullsize models and the officer, and be able to measure your pistol to be sure of which model you have.
4. 1911 Bobtail 1911 (angled cut on rear of grip)
The 1911 Bobtail first appeared with the Ed Brown series of 1911’s, with an angled, straight line cut to the rear of the frame to aid in concealed carry. The Bobtail is typically a 4 to 4.25″ Commander style barrel length as they are intended for daily carry. Several makers offer a Bobtail style 1911 currently, like The Ed Brown Kobra Carry and the Dan Wesson Guardian and Bobtail Classic series. Smith & Wesson Performance Center 1911 Bobtail versions also fit into this category.
5. 1911 Round butt or Fast Back (rounded cut on rear of grip)
The 1911 Round Butt is a variant of the Bobtail, where the rear edge is rounded off instead of angled. Intended for concealed carry, this model also is typically found with Commander length slides, but, Sig does offer models with full length slides. This style of fit can be found on Sig’s Nightmare series of 1911’s, as well as Kimbers Super Carry series.
Still unsure? No problem! Please watch the video below for a visual explanation!
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Will this work on my gun? A guide to figuring out what you have and what you need!
The biggest problem most new gun users run into is the vast amount of confusing information.. conflicting information.. and the extremely tech-talk nature of the gun world. It took me decades of working in the industry to gain the knowledge I have.. I still learn something new daily. The industry moves to fast, and frankly, most new gun owners are not dedicated “hard core” gun fans willing to read gun facts for hours a day to become an expert. They want to know just enough to get what they want.. and that can cause problems.
By order of “the most confusing” on down, I will create a guide to help you navigate the various parts.. the guns they work with..and how to tell what you have. Hopefully, to the new gun owner reading this, this guide will give you the basic info you need to make your purchase with confidence. If you still are unsure, you can always email us!
What grips fit my gun?
First… what do you have? What is the model name? The company that made it? Once you know who made your gun, and the model, you can navigate the website to see if your gun’s model or manufacturer’s name is shown in a heading. If your model name, or manufacturer name is not shown, you can always use our search feature. For example.. You need grips for your Kimber Ultra Carry II, and are unsure which heading they’d fall under? Type the manufacturer (Kimber) and model (ultra carry II) into the search bar, and it pulls up “1911 Officers Model” grips. That would be the heading and category!
If that has not worked for you.. have you tried reading the information that came with your pistol? Most 1911 manufacturers refer to their specific products under their own trademarked names, yet these guns all take the same grips. A Springfield 1911 Loaded model, would take the same grips and screws as a Dan Wesson Valor.. or a Colt 1911 Series 80.. or Wilson CQB… or Rock Island “Rock” series. A simple google search of your maker and model will usually give you a ton of info on your particular pistol, including size (in the case of 1911’s, Government, Commander, Officer, etc..).
Lastly.. We picture our grips on various makes in the 1911 heading, and in the other categories, on the actual factory guns they are made for… For example, Smith & Wesson “J Frame” grips are pictured on several different models of smith & wesson revolvers that are J Frame sized guns. This is true for all pistol categories.. Sig.. CZ.. Desert Eagle. We do this to help you identify what will fit on your gun, and so you can tell exactly how it fits, and looks on actual pistols.
If you are still confused about your 1911 choices… did you watch our video? We created a video to walk you thru identifying what your particular 1911 pistol takes… this should make it easy for most, as it visually guides you to identify the different frame sizes and grip shapes.
If you are still not sure? Email us, and our friendly staff will walk you thru it!
Do you make grips for polymer guns?
No.. we do not. Without being rude, please, look at your gun. If it does not have screw attached removable panels that can be replaced with our grips, then your gun does not take grips. We do make parts for Glocks and offer accessories, but grips are not an option.
Do all gun grips fit all guns?
No.. they do not. Like clothing is made in different shapes and sizes, and in different materials… so are guns.. and so are grips. Grips are specific to the model of gun listed. This is the same for revolvers.
Are grip screws interchangeable between guns?
No.. they are not. Like grips, they are model specific. Like buying car parts, the screws needed for a “Ford” wont typically work on a “Honda”. I dont say this to be rude, but to educate, as we are asked this quite often, and have several customers a month who request returns for this reason. Please understand, you cannot purchase “blue opal” 1911 grip screws, and make them fit your Beretta 92FS. It will not work, you will damage the screws, and we cannot accept a return on damaged items. We list grip screws by model, to help alleviate any confusion… but again, we’re here to help if you have questions!
At the end of the day, we are here to help YOU… please dont hesitate to ask questions. We answer emails quickly, and always happy to walk you thru your purchase. Hopefully, some of the information above helps to break down some of the more confusing aspects of purchasing grips and screws. If not, let us know how we can do it better!
What goes into the making of a custom grips?
Wicked Grips specializes in the making of custom grips!
Unless you work in the custom field.. cars.. bikes.. guns… its hard to understand all the work, and costs, that can go into the making of something “custom”, like custom grips. Sadly, the first issue that comes up for most is the word “custom”! It gets used often.. but is rarely true. Custom pieces.. parts.. are not mass produced by the thousands in a factory. At best.. real custom parts are made in small batches… or one by one, each one receiving some form of work by real human hands. Factories like to claim the moniker of “custom” in their advertising.. but what they truly are is “Aftermarket”… and there is a world of difference. While they might exhibit acceptable levels of quality, they will not be unique. They will also usually exhibit the cut corners that every mass producer must build into their products to maximize profit over cost.
Custom Grips will cost more… because we have to spend more. We have to put more money into higher grade materials… higher levels of fit and finish work… lower levels of production, where the cost of production is no longer spread across thousands of cheaper pieces… but instead absorbed into the cost of 50. Time.. craftsmanship… creativity.. artistry… are all put into a part that is rarely seen coming from a factory, yet, even at a higher price, the profit margin is much lower for the custom shop owner. They have to accept love of their job as part of their payment… instead of simple cash.
The upside of custom work is true individuality. Unique parts that cannot be found elsewhere at the same level of quality. While there will always be knock off versions of custom shop’s work.. it is never the equal. Custom shops have the ability to create.. therefore be on the cutting edge of whats new. Copycats can only wait and see whats popular, then jump on the bandwagon with a cheaper, and usually much less quality version. Funny but true, even I receive emails from factories in China.. Korea.. Thailand.. asking us to buy their knock off versions of my own work! No shame in their game.. but, we win when we continue to create the new… while others scramble to make and sell what we did years ago. Hehehe… remember that the next time you are cruising 1911 grips on ebay, and see a half skull face on a set of custom grips, something we did 5 years ago… only to see other trying to imitate within a year. Flattery I guess. The pic below is our 5th version, as the first 4 series were so popular, even used in feature films.
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