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April 16, 2011, 10:36 PM

Ive searched for awhile now and cant seem to find any good videos of someone checkering the front strap of a 1911. I found a good walk-through guide on a 1911 forum but I cant find a video. I seem to pick things up and work better if I can watch something.... plus I would like to get as much info and tips before I try anything on my gun lol :rolleyes: so thanks in advance for any help.

James K
April 16, 2011, 11:14 PM
I don't know what the video courses say, but you don't checker that strap as you do wood, one line at a time. Assuming you don't have a checkering cutter and a milling machine, you use a checkering file, which cuts a number of lines at one time. They are available in 20 lpi to 75 lpi. Like any checkering, practice first on scrap metal. Brownells has the tools and also a video guide.


April 17, 2011, 08:08 PM
Thank you I knew I needed a file I just like being able to watch people do it first lol and I didnt know brownells had a video for that thank you.:D does anybody have any pointers that I should keep in mind? or has anyone checkered their own front strap?

James K
April 17, 2011, 08:43 PM
Well, I have, but not on my own gun; I did it for customers. As I said, practice - it is not as easy as it looks

April 17, 2011, 08:54 PM
To practice should I get a pipe or something roughly the same as my front strap. did you use a checkering guide or just a vice?

April 17, 2011, 09:24 PM
A length of 3/4" diameter round stock is a close match for the curve of most 1911 front straps. Ask your local metal supplier or related business for a piece of "cold rolled" (CRS) or "mild screw stock".

April 17, 2011, 10:28 PM
Watch a video of a guy doing it on another gun. No matter what gun, it all depends on if the grip is metal, wooden, or polymer grip. Just make sure it is a good walk through.