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canrunin 09-21-2015 06:54 PM

taurus vs other 1911 grips?
so what is the difference between the taurus 1911 and all the other frames ? i keep seeing people saying you have to find grips that are for taurus for them to fit right? could some one show pictures or at least explain this? thank you

PD5523 09-22-2015 07:43 AM

The grip bushings are slightly larger- at least on the examples I've seen. Replace the grip bushings with standard bushings (the few I've done are not staked but may be loc-tited) and you are good to go!!

StriderTacticaL 10-04-2015 03:14 PM

I haven't noticed my aftermarket grips not fitting my 1911AR, but according to the VZ website, they make Taurus-specific 1911 grips due to the leg of the ambi-safety being a different length or something...

Burgs 10-05-2015 04:07 AM

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I used standard 1911 grips on my Taurus for years and never noticed a difference.

Taurus-specific grips are slightly wider, because the Taurus grip frame is slightly wider, fore and aft, than other 1911 grip frames.

RAASCO makes Taurus-specific grips, and last time I checked, they had an illustration explaining why their Taurus-specific grips were different than the usual 1911 grips.

Another source for excellent Taurus-specific custom crips is our forum member, Sarge, who is a custom grip maker of the first order and who is savvy in the ways of Taurus grips.

Sarge made these excellent custom smooth stag grips for my PT1911:

16-1911s 11-08-2015 12:11 AM

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Just today I got some Universal Springfield ,Kimber and others fs Houge black rubber wrap around grips w/finger groves. Went on my fs Tauri 1911 without any problem....

PD5523 11-08-2015 05:33 PM

It appears Taurus may have begun using standard bushings after the first production runs given the experience of some others here.

silversport 11-09-2015 07:01 AM

some stocks fit mine (PT1911AL) and some do not...mostly, I get binding on the ambit-safety other that looks...


bubba1228 11-17-2015 02:25 AM

+1 on Raasco Grips. Good site, good stuff.

HotToyz 02-04-2016 11:30 PM

Pt 1911 Grips
Mine was manufactured in May of 2015. All my 1911 grips fit perfectly. But, the ambidextrous side is a little different. There is more of a slope of the angle of the ones made for the PT 1911. A VERY easy modification! A dremil and three minutes.

Just compare your factory grips. To any standard ambidextrous grip. And if you look at the Raasco site, you'll see the angle everyone is talking about. You can also go to the VZ site and look under FAQ and click on the link under Taurus/STI and there is a great diagram showing the angle!

But you can use most ANY 1911 grip set,with a tiny mod! Very easy fix!

1saxman 02-08-2016 05:31 PM

The grips are standard except the Taurus grip screw heads are a little wider so you have to use standard screws with standard grips. Here are generic Cocobolo grips on my Taurus with Allen key screws.


Mpanova 03-17-2016 08:44 PM

The bushings on the Taurus frame sit back toward the rear of the gun about 1/16th-1/8th inch leaving more frame showing if you use standard grips, check out the examples on raasco grips website

dieseltech 04-19-2017 12:22 AM

I got my grips from rio grande they fit perfectly on my PT1911B except the screws must be replaced with standard 1911 screws I chose Wilson allen heads.

The only difference I've noticed aside from the screws is the ambi safety cut my Taurus is the only 1911 I have or have had with a ambi safety.

I still can't figure out how to upload pics so I can show it off.

1saxman 05-04-2017 01:27 PM


Originally Posted by Mpanova (Post 6457057)
The bushings on the Taurus frame sit back toward the rear of the gun about 1/16th-1/8th inch leaving more frame showing if you use standard grips, check out the examples on raasco grips website

This is not the case. If it were, the grip might cover the mainspring housing pin. My picture is a little fuzzy but looking at the pistol just now I can see that the relief is centered around the pin as it should be. Rather, Taurus for some reason does not wrap the curvature of the front strap around like the Colt/mil-standard, so a little more flat appears on the front side of the grips. It really is a very minor thing (I don't have large hands and I don't notice it) so don't hold back on the grips you want - they'll fit. You'll just need standard size screw heads to go with standard grips. Why do they use larger diameter screw heads? The same reason Colt does on the M45A1; a larger screw head exerts more force on the grip to resist shooting loose. Seems logical but I haven't really tested it. Here's a better view. Also, if the grip were shifted back which would be the result of shifted bushings, the grip would interfere with the thumb safety.


Peacemkr40 09-20-2017 07:49 PM

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Since this is almost a necrothread I'll tell ya the differences.
1, the grip screw heads are slightly larger in diameter.
2, the Taurus grips are cut for the Ambi safety
3, the Taurus grips are WIDER than a standard 1911 grip. Maybe only 1/32" or 3/64th but it's slightly wider.
I make 1911 grips as a hobby and here's a few on some PT1911's (the Gold accented one is my wife's 38 super)

hd073079 02-01-2018 10:22 PM

I recently bought some grips of eBay, they fit the bushings fine in not a little bit snug. I had to file the ambi safety to fit the ambi cut out of the grips. I few minutes with a file and sand paper got it fixed right up.

Phrogs00 03-10-2019 07:26 PM

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I got these off of Etsy of all places. The guy knew what he was doing because they fit perfect. They feel really good and 30 bucks to boot.SF

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