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Old 02-27-2016, 11:29 AM
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Trifles Make Perfection...

...and Perfection Is No Trifle

We sometimes hear the questions, "Why are Challis grips more expensive than others?" and "Are they worth it?"
  • The answer to the first question is easy: Our fierce attention to detail is very labor intensive and we like to be paid for our time.
  • The answer to the second question is a matter of what the buyer values...

Without having a set of grips in hand, it is difficult to see the results of our efforts. However, the following closeup photos taken by our customers show some of the details to which we give our attention. Have a look and determine if the results are of value to you.


Precision fit to a Wilson Combat mag-guide. Mag-guides are all shaped differently and our grips are precisely fit to the unique curvature



Plunger tube detail



Mag release catch. Concentricity matters to us



Detail of fit to an Ed Brown Maxiwell



Reinforcement of mammoth tooth grips. Composite underlay and deeply embedded aluminum spine...beautiful and precise, even where it doesn't show.



Precise fit yields uniform margins



The immaculate finish is achieved by polishing to 6000 grit. We never apply a sprayed on plastic coating



The micro rounding of sharp corners leaves a crisp clean appearance and a soft touch



Precision fit to front strap and an Ed Brown Maxiwell
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Old 02-27-2016, 06:30 PM
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Do you offer Les Baer fit?
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Old 02-27-2016, 06:54 PM
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Do you offer Les Baer fit?
We have made grips for many Les Baer 1911s. Some people like full coverage on their Les Baers, others don't. We do it both ways. I attached a few photos taken by our customers.







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Super nice! Picture #3 above is the side to side fit that I like the most!
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Old 02-27-2016, 07:18 PM
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Super nice! Picture #3 above is the side to side fit that I like the most!
That is a full coverage set. We would love to make you a set. Send me an email if/when the time is right for you. [email protected]
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Old 03-01-2016, 07:24 AM
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Here are a few more closeups by our customers. Our grips on their guns.


The Challis Cut, our signiture treatment of a mainspring housing pin relief and a beveled butt. Smooth curves and crisp corners and near flawless facets.


Another view of the Challis Cut. Note the concentricity around the mainspring housing pin and the bevel spiraling above.



Precision fit of a mammoth tooth set to a mag-guide. At the front-strap



At the back-strap



Notice the micro softened edge at the grip screw counterbore.



Our unique reinforcement of mammoth tooth and coral makes our grips suitable for use on a working gun, but unless you look closely it is easily missed when the grips are mounted. There is nothing to distract from the natural beauty of the material.
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Our typical bobtail treatment. Follow the lines...enjoy the attention to detail.

Notice how the clean bevel above the bobtail sweeps around the curve, disappearing into the trailing corner of the panel.

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This is flat cut mammoth tooth. With most mag-guides, such as this Wilson Combat bullet proof model, we shape the grips to stand 0.005" to 0.010" proud of the mag-guide. Experience shows this give the best presentation.





The natural colors in this set of spalted oak grips are revealed through high pressure stabilization, polishing to 6000 grit and several coats of hand rubbed oil.

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About two years ago, in an effort to provide a shock absorbent mounting for 1911 grips, I developed an improved grip bushing. The Hex Drive Bushing System (patent pending) which we began selling in November 2014 is now mounted on tens of thousands of 1911s. Benefits include:
  • Ease of use. The hex head takes the worry out of installation and removal.
  • Shock absorption. Two O-rings work together to isolate the grips from the bushings, preventing impact during recoil. This is especially important when shooting with fragile grips made of ivory, mammoth ivory, mammoth tooth, etc.
  • No scuffing. Abrasive grips made of G10 and other composites will not scuff the frame.
  • No loose screws. When the Hex Drive Bushings are used with the two O-rings, grip screws will not loosen when shooting.
  • Secure. Many people report the secure mounting delivers improved feel and performance.

A small detail with huge benefits. One more step in our ongoing quest to improve the connection between a man and his gun.

The photo shows a cutaway view of a grip mounted using the Hex Drive Bushing System.





More info available here.
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Our starburst is cut and polished entirely by hand. It is a lengthy process, but yields results unobtainable with a machine.


This set is two tone amboyna. A thumb notch, also done by hand, is especially nice on a starburst set.


Mammoth ivory.



A compact set done with red mallee.



Another amboyna set.



A compact set made of Wenge.
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Our Bushing Extractors are the undisputed champions for removing slotted bushings from 1911s. A normal grip screw locks the extractor to the bushing, allowing application of sufficient torque without slippage or stripping. The cutaway photo shows the fit that makes the extractors so effective.

They are available in regular and slim.

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To keep the grips protected when not mounted we supply a buckskin pouch with every set of custom grips.

The grips in this photo are Honduran rosewood burl.

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Very nice grips.

Have you made any for Luke Volkmann pistols with the GripWell option?
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Very nice grips.

Have you made any for Luke Volkmann pistols with the GripWell option?
We have made lots of grips for luke's guns, but have not done a set for the GripWell. I think that Luke blends the grips and the gun together. It is a nice look.

We could make a set, but we would have to have the frame to do it. I'm sure it works well with G10 grips, but other grip materials would not hold up to the potential abuse of being repeatedly hit by an entering magazine.

Send me an email if it is something you want to consider.

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