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I am in a dilemma. I bought a set of Pachmyer ALS grips and my gun looks really great...




However, on a whim, I bid on a set of swirled Coco bolo grips from Gun Grip Guys and bought then for $14.




Each in their own way are really nice grips. The ALS feels nice with the rubber finger grips. However, the coco bolo grips are the fanciest figured grips I've seen.

The coco bolo are smooth grips, but it does let me feel the advantage of the front strap checkering and they won't be twisting in my hands at all.

I know the response... keep them both and that is my plan, but right now the gun just has a killer look to it with the swilled coco bolo. Tell me what you think.

I know because of the dark room the gun doesn't look good in the bottom pics, but it does really show off the coco bolo grips great.
 

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I have to say that I favor the Coco grips. I should also point out that I have some on order from Hogue. 8) So I have a bias.
 

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I like the first ones, looks meaner.....
 

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Both look nice. I like the cocobolo grips better. However, your solution is pretty simple. You obviously need another PT1911 to go with the grips.
 

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Pachmyer ALS all the way. It looks way cooler.
 

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Like I already said, I like the tactical look. It fits the two tone color scheme better and looks like a totally custom firearm. had you left it factory finish I would have preferred the other more traditional wood grips you have.

At least thats my opinion :)
 

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I'd stay with the Pachmayr grips, although both are really nice. The one thing I wish Taurus had done with the PT frame was round off the front strap a little more so it makes a smoother transition to the grip. With the wraparounds on it isn't visible, and has no tactile influence.

Just my 0.02$
 

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Love them both. Do like my wife, she changes purses to match her shoes. You could change the grips to match your moods. Either way the pistol looks great.
 

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Stay with the Pachmayr ALS grips. They look much better. I had a set of Coco Bolo grips on my PT1911 but put the ALS grips on and it looks much better and feels better in my hand.
 

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I recomend and use a Pearce Grip Insert on my 1911 (Colt). The nice thing is that they seem to fit under just about any grip you might like to have over it and would fit under those Coco Bolo Grips, giving you the best of both worlds!


They are available from Ajax Custom Grips, very reasonably.

http://www.ajaxgrips.com/ajax/pearce?set=08


Colt 1911 (1917 mfg) with Pearce Fingergroove Grip Inset under Pearlite Grips
with no appologies to General Patton
 

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jwc007 said:
I recomend and use a Pearce Grip Insert on my 1911 (Colt). The nice thing is that they seem to fit under just about any grip you might like to have over it and would fit under those Coco Bolo Grips, giving you the best of both worlds!
I've never seen these before... thanks for the idea. This I'll have to check out for sure!
 

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Seems that changing grips on the PT1911 is a fairly common modification many owners make. Yet, I've read some comments that not all third party grips will work for the PT1911. Is there any truth to this and if so, can anyone steer me in the right direction for some suitable wood grips that I can get? Please post links if you have them. Thanks in advance
 

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This issue is the style of the ambi-safety. This are typical of the Swenson type with the tab that fibs under the right hand grip. I have had some that I've had to totally relieve (with careful use of dremel). I've also had one that had the ambi-safety already relieved, but still had to adjust the angle. And last, I've had one set of grips I had to make room at the top of the right grip for the smbi-safety lever in the down position.
 

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And last, I've had one set of grips I had to make room at the top of the right grip for the smbi-safety lever in the down position.
I just did that with a set of Wilson ambi Cocos. I used my pocket knife though to cut down the right grip for the safety, then used the Dremmel to sand and lightly polish... a little gun oil on the wood... and all is good!

One thing I want to share with everyone is that the grip screws on the PT1911 are CRAPPY! Sorry to be so blunt, but the hex socket on the screw can strip very easily! I highly recommend replacing the screws. Brownells carries a nice set of four for under $8.

I had one of the screw sockets strip out while trying to remove the screw. I had to take the Dremmel and cut a slit on the screw head to remove the screw with a screwdriver.
 

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Did you use a 3/32 allen wrench? I have also found one of my torx drivers fit perfectly. Some folks are trying to use the included allens wrench, but it only fits the rear sight and will twist like a stripped screw.
 

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Nope used a wrench out of my tool box, I believe it was a 3/32 but can't recall.
 
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