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      checkering on gun's front strap ?

      Is checkering on the front strap of a Kimber 1911 a good thing or a bad thing, IYO ?

      Would you rather have a pistol with the front strap checkered or not and why ?

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      Quote Originally Posted by wpshooter View Post
      Is checkering on the front strap of a Kimber 1911 a good thing or a bad thing, IYO ?

      Would you rather have a pistol with the front strap checkered or not and why ?

      Thanks.
      I installed grip tape on mine because I never could decide if I really wanted checkering....OR how fine or course Id want it to be...

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      IMO, it looks good and it's functional. So +2 from me. If you really like it, I recommend buying a gun that already has it rather than add it later. It's expensive to have done.

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      Quote Originally Posted by wpshooter View Post
      Is checkering on the front strap of a Kimber 1911 a good thing or a bad thing, IYO ?

      Would you rather have a pistol with the front strap checkered or not and why ?

      Thanks.
      In the case of most semi-auto pistols, and the 1911 platform particularly, the most important points of contact between your hand and the gun's grip are the front- and back-straps. The side panels are not anywhere near as important, in terms of accuracy and control.
      It has been my experience that checkered or stippled front- and back-straps are extremely good ideas. I also believe that smooth grip panels (at the sides) aid in the quick-reload manipulation of a 1911, since the pistol has to swivel in the hand a little, to allow contact with the magazine release.

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      +1, what Steve said!

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      +1 Steve M1911A1

      I like mine checkered front & back.

      I also like checkering on the front of my trigger guard.


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      Quote Originally Posted by dondavis3 View Post
      ...I also like checkering on the front of my trigger guard...
      Me, too.

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      I like checkering on a 1911 - to me, it kinda denotes the higher end 1911s to the cheaper ones - call me a gun snob.

      That being said - I sorta prefer serrations to checkering. I think it gives me a better grip.

      I also prefer rubber pachmeyer grips, or at least rubber grip panels.

      I have two 1911s with front strap texturing (checkering on 1, and chainlink on the other). I still prefer the wrap around pachmeyers.... So, admittedly, they cover the texturing on the front strap...


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      I'm old
      I don't like checkering ANYWHERE on my guns.
      I've never had a problem with gripping a smooth gun.

      AFS

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      1911 grips

      Install a set of pach rubber combat grips on your pistol & then fa-git-about-it--have been loving mine since the 1970's & have never had gripping issues with their products. For my python & model 29 smith, i prefer the hogue brand grips.

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      Quote Originally Posted by GURU1911 View Post
      Install a set of pach rubber combat grips on your pistol & then fa-git-about-it--have been loving mine since the 1970's & have never had gripping issues with their products. For my python & model 29 smith, i prefer the hogue brand grips.
      Yea, the Hogue, that is what I decided to get.

      Thanks.

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      Atta-boy-----now you talking-----when your hands get damp, the rubber grips will not slip. You will be amazed at the difference in the shooting comfort. Jim hoag & frank pachmyar are the fellows we shooters can thank for designing these marvelous products almost 40 years ago.

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