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Old 02-29-2020, 09:51 AM
mkk41 mkk41 is offline
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Grip screw drives?

Which do you prefer?

Slotted?
Allen/hex?
Torx?
Other?

I despise all Torx screws and replace them in most things when I can.

Having been a machinist-toolmaker for 40yrs , I do like Allen/hex socket , but ya may not always find the right size (3/32) when ya need it.

Slotted? Winner!

Ya can always find a straight blade screwdriver , or suitable alternative in a pinch.
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Old 02-29-2020, 09:54 AM
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Torx fan myself, not only work well but look good as well. I've got at least 3 sets of torx bits in my shop and another smaller set in my range bad so there is always one around when needed.
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Old 02-29-2020, 02:45 PM
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Slotted by a country mile. All other fasteners for use on a 1911 should be banned or reclassified as Title II NFA items.
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Old 02-29-2020, 03:08 PM
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Slotted only
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Old 02-29-2020, 05:13 PM
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10-8 slotted screws since they have a concave slot so you can use a case rim to put them in or take them out.
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Old 02-29-2020, 05:20 PM
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Slotted, for many reasons. One reason is, if a screw works out while I'm at the range I can tighten it with the slotted screwdriver I keep in my range bag for adjustable sights.
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Old 03-01-2020, 08:57 AM
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10-8 slotted screws since they have a concave slot so you can use a case rim to put them in or take them out.
Thanks for the info on that site.
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Old 03-01-2020, 09:26 AM
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Allen/hex for me!

Since switching all my guns to Challis bushings and o-rings, I've never had a screw come loose.

My wife says I have a loose screw, but that is a whole different issue.
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Old 03-01-2020, 09:37 AM
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Have slotted, hex/allen and even a few Torx. I think for the general user the Torx are less likely to round out or become damaged.

A very deliberate user has the proper bits and the prudence not to damage screws... and you can use whatever you prefer.
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Old 03-01-2020, 12:17 PM
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Why force yourself to choose one or the other?

https://vzgrips.com/products/1911-slex-screws.html
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Old 03-01-2020, 07:44 PM
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I replace hex heads with torx, they don't strip as easily.
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Old 03-01-2020, 08:56 PM
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For me, it depends on the gun's purpose. I've got each type of screw and related drives and torque equipment.

For a regular "working" gun, I'll tend to go with slotted (for reasons mentioned by others in preceding posts...+1911).

But for a 1911 that's closer to a showpiece, I'll go with hex or torx. No huge preference for one over the other...but with this thread, maybe I'll think about it .... next time I have nothing else to do.
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Old 03-01-2020, 09:26 PM
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I tend to bugger slotted screws in general and have better luck with hex heads.
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Old 03-01-2020, 09:35 PM
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Nothing looks better than true 1911 slotted screws. But they booger up, no matter how carefully you try. And who really needs to remove their grips in a hostile environment anyway? I'll stick with hex, available anywhere.
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Old 03-01-2020, 09:49 PM
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Slotted only.

If I buy a gun that has something other than slotted, they get replaced with the correct screws.
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Old 03-02-2020, 11:58 AM
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I despise all Torx screws and replace them in most things when I can.

I hate Torx head screws. Hate them with a passion.

Slotted grip screws for me.
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Old 03-02-2020, 02:09 PM
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I usually stick with the slotted screws, since they are traditional. I do have a pistol (or maybe two) that have hex head screws. I haven't changed them to slotted, as it really doesn't matter to me. But if I am purchasing replacement screws, I will go with slotted.
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Old 03-02-2020, 02:54 PM
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Red face You mean that they are not already classified as such?

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Slotted by a country mile. All other fasteners for use on a 1911 should be banned or reclassified as Title II NFA items.
I had some square drive screws left over from the deck, so I use those.
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Old 03-02-2020, 03:02 PM
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Over the years I've migrated from slotted (too easy to bugger-up) to Allen head to Torx. The Torx looks the worst, but is easily the winner for ease of use w/o the buggering-up factor. But I agree on the 1911 and slotted screws for traditional looks.

Allens are fine, but still tend to strip the hex sometimes, with scope rings or mounts for instance. I've never had this issue with Torx.

I work on many automatic knives, and most quality ones are assembled with Torx. To that end, I found this nifty little Torx set from Boker with all the sizes included for this type of work. All the bits fit into the driver head. Great on guns too of course.



That little kit came from BladeHQ.
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Old 03-02-2020, 05:58 PM
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What Moad said in post #8 bears repeating.

If you upgrade to the ingenious Challis hex head bushings, bushing O-rings and grip screw O-rings you will never bugger up a screw (any screw) again because you will never need to re-tighten them.

Maybe one day Brian Challis's system will come standard on all 1911's. A man can dream.
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Old 03-04-2020, 08:16 AM
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I like slotted on most "classic" looking grips. Especially if I can get them clocked to be parallel. I tried hex heads a few years ago, but one or two actually sheared off at the head. Don't know if it was cheap steel, bad design, or both. I have a couple of sets of smooth, dark carbon fiber grips that look much better with the plain Colt XSE Torx with a very small bit or two-tone VZ screws so I use them. I use O rings to keep them in place and have bit drivers everywhere so they are no trouble.
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Old 03-04-2020, 06:07 PM
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I love the torx on my 1911's. ( i feel guilty telling you all this )
I am generally an old fashioned sort with my guns. I have no idea why I find the torx appealing on my 1911's. I don't think I would use them on any other gun.
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Old 03-04-2020, 06:59 PM
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Chicks dig $30 sets of screws.

Here’s a “pro tip”. Get one pack of four, if your a righty, put two on the right grip panel. That way you can do another gun the same way. Nobody’s likely to see them anyway, much less the left side at all. You’ll look great in your selfies at 1/2 price.

Be serious. You can “torque them tighter”?

Just get the little rubber o-ring thingies you can buy from VZ For $4 or at ACE for $.65. They will NEVER rattle loose. End of problem.

Screw how you like, nobody will notice.
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Old 03-05-2020, 03:35 PM
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Cross slotted. Allows for slot , coin, fingernail file, etc. AND if all you have is a Phillips, it’ll work too.
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Old 03-05-2020, 03:36 PM
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Cross slotted. +. Allows for slot , coin, fingernail file, etc. AND if all you have is a Phillips, it’ll work too.
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