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Old 06-10-2019, 04:43 PM
Dave Baird Dave Baird is offline
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USGI grips or not?

Hi friends!
I decided to buy one of the Auto Ordnance BXO military clones and am very happy with it. I thought it would be nice to at least have a set of authentic USGI grip panels on it just to make me feel better. I bought these on eBay but now have doubts if they are USGI or not. Any ideas?

Thank you, Dave
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Old 06-10-2019, 07:04 PM
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Does it really matter if you put GI clone grips on a GI clone pistol? As long as you like them it doesn't matter.
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Old 06-10-2019, 07:18 PM
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Well, I didn't ask for an opinion of my decision. Just if anyone knows if the grips I posted might be USGI or not.
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:35 PM
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I don't know for a fact but they sure look like the ones on all of our Army .45's that we carried in the '70s and 80's.
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Old 06-10-2019, 10:18 PM
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they appear to be Vietnam or later GI replacement grips, not WW2

possibly 1970 - 1980 era?
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Old 06-10-2019, 11:37 PM
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They're not WW2 or Korean vintage. Possibly Vietnam or later, but it's hard to say for sure as anyone could make grips with a military drawing number on the inside.
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Old 06-11-2019, 03:59 PM
Dave Baird Dave Baird is offline
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Thanks fellas! These are advertised as post-1970 era USGI grips, so maybe they are! I originally became interested in the Auto Ordnance (made in USA) when reading the thread on this forum:
One of the guys said he preferred USGI grips over the cheap ones that came on his pistol. So, naturally, I ordered (this) set too. Once I removed the grips that came with my pistol, they are the exact same! So, either Auto Ordnance put USGI grips on their guns which I think is a cool accessory; or, all of these might be cheapo repos! I don't know if we'll ever know for 100%, but I'm keeping mine hoping they are legit. Thank you all again!
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