1911 steel grip liners: where to buy?

  • Last Post 09 February 2019
JimmyDee posted this 05 February 2019

Years ago, I fitted my IPSC 1911s with sheets of steel that fit under the stock wooden stocks after thinning the originals on a sander.  They're intended to prevent splinters in your hand if something terrible happens in the barrel.

I'm looking for more and can't find them anywhere.  I don't know if I'm using the wrong words or what.

Any suggestions?


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Brodie posted this 07 February 2019

I think that you may have to make these yourself.  I have never heard of "steel grip liners" any liner thick enough to be effective in such an event would probably make the grip way too fat.


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Eutectic posted this 08 February 2019

You might consider rubber grips, which have a metal liners or epoxy laminate which is a lot stronger than wood.


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porthos posted this 09 February 2019

around 5 years ago; i had a "accident". double charge of V-310 in a Wilson 1911. their accuracy load was 4.3 grains. i'm pretty sure i did it twice. the gun came with Crimson Trace laser grips  + the wooden grips. i had the laser grips on. after the "event" i sent the gun back to Wilson  for inspection and repair. before doing so, i installed the wooden grips. a technician called me at a later date with the damage  assesment. and he questioned if the wood grips were on the gun for the "event". i said no. if the wood grips had been on ; my hand would  have had a lot of wood imbeded in it. i keep the rubber grips on

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JimmyDee posted this 09 February 2019


That's the terrible something I'm talking about.  When using my Dillon 550B press, I make it a point to stop, clear all positions, and start over if anything disrupts my loading cadence.

Disruptions, lately, have been pieces of Blazer 45 ACP brass with small primer pockets -- they get a "What the heck?" when trying to seat a primer and loading stops.

I pull the troublesome case, take a look at the base, and see that a small primer pocket is the problem.  The temptation is to simply toss that case, put another case in position one, and cycle the handle to de-cap and prime the replacement case.  If I did that, there would be a double-charged case in position two.


I don't know about others but I adjust my chair height and position myself slightly to the left of the 550B so that I can see just a crescent of powder in position three where bullets are seated.  No crescent means a squib load; more than a crescent means too much powder.

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porthos posted this 09 February 2019

i'm pretty sure what i did wrong was this. while charging cases with powder; i had a thought. "what would a double charge of powder look like" so, i threw a double charge. then, placed the case (with its dbl. charge) back in the loading block. its easy to do dumb stuff.

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