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Old March 12, 2010, 09:47 AM   #1
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Colt Defender grips

Just purchased a nice used Colt Defender and although the Hogue grips are comfortable I don't like the looks. Would appreciate some suggestions/photos of grips that are both comfortable and "cool" looking. Thanks.
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Old March 12, 2010, 12:48 PM   #2
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There are a LOT of choices. Anything that will fit "officer" size frames will fit.

One our members here makes some very nice looking grips: http://www.thefinergrain.com/

Esmeralda is a top maker: http://www.esmeralda.cc/

VZ Grips has some nice looking grips: http://www.vzgrips.com/

I'm sure there are a lot more.
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Old March 12, 2010, 06:26 PM   #3
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I agree - I love my Defender but I put a pair of wood grips on it - love um - easy to carry too.
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Old March 12, 2010, 06:38 PM   #4
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the defender is wearing water buffalo horn grips



laminated wood, called silverwood for some reason:

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Old March 12, 2010, 06:46 PM   #5
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vz's are the way to go
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Old March 12, 2010, 10:41 PM   #6
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Pearce Grips

Plain but functional.

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Old March 13, 2010, 08:24 PM   #7
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I put a set of Colt/Pachmayrs on my Defender:

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Old March 14, 2010, 12:31 AM   #8
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I used to have a set of similar Pachmarys on a full size Colt. They were grippy and very functional.
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Old March 14, 2010, 03:38 PM   #9
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Wilson Ultra-Slim Grips on my custom Defender:
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Old March 14, 2010, 06:25 PM   #10
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grips

Got a pair of the same that tailgunner has on his, slim and really add "grip"
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Old March 15, 2010, 07:58 AM   #11
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Old March 15, 2010, 08:13 AM   #12
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+1 on the wilson thin grips.

very slim and don't catch on anything.

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Old March 15, 2010, 09:50 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys. When switching from the Hogue grips to a thinner/slim grip do you have to change the grip screw bushings to shorter ones? Looks like that would be a "bogger'.
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Old March 15, 2010, 01:23 PM   #14
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There is a guy in Michigan who will cover your 1911 grips with rattlesnake (several types) or cobra skin. I don't have his info at the moment, but can get it for you. They look great. Only costs about $60.
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Old March 15, 2010, 02:11 PM   #15
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Here's a set of grips in stag (from Charles Spresser) and another in desert ironwood (from Esmeralda).

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Old March 15, 2010, 02:25 PM   #16
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Those are some purty grips...mine are just utilitarian

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Old March 15, 2010, 04:26 PM   #17
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The custom snake skin grips I mentioned can be seen at www.doggrips.com
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