1911 Grip Fitting Notes

The original Colt Government 1911 model has been duplicated by many other manufacturers ( such as Smith & Wesson, Kimber, Ruger, Dan Wesson, Ed Brown, Iver Johnson, Remington, Rock Island Armory, Springfield Armory, Sig Sauer, Taurus, Wilson, Combat, Les Baer, Nighthawk, Para Ordnance, and so many more)

AS a general rule, ALTAMONT 1911 Full Size Panels will fit all full size guns made by other manufactures. You may want to measure the space between screws to make sure you have a Full Size 1911. If your 1911 is 3 1/16 between screws, then you have a Full Size. If your 1911 is 2 11/16 between screws, then it is a Compact, Officers, or Defender 1911.

 

Altamont 938 Grips

SIG P938

If your Sig P938 has a disconnetor bar raised above the frame or that rubs on your grip, DO NOT USE THE FIREARM

You will need to cut a 1/4" notch on the back of the grip to accommodate it. Verify the correct functionality of your furearm by a qualified gunsmith before use.

 

Note about pins through frames

From time to time you will find the roll pin that goes through the frame bent where they will misalign the grips with the frame. In these cases we recommend that you replace the roll pin. You may also find the pin is offset and keeping one side of the grip from laying flat to the frame. Simply remove the grips and re-center the pin and reassemble the grips. DO NOT USE THE GRIP SCREW TO FORCE THE GRIPS TOGETHER.

New Model Blackhawk Grips

New model Blackhawk grips fit Single Six, Old Army, Vaquero and Super Blackhawk with the rounded trigger guard.

Luger 08

With the old grip off, hook the top of the grip panel under the top of handle and with little pressure press the lower portion into place. Do not force the grip into place. If there is any interference remove that material with a fine file and taper the back edge to allow the grip to swing into place. Place the screw into the frame handle and snug the grip screw against the grip.

Ruger P-85, 89, 90

These grips will not work with Double Action Only (DAO) Pistols. With the old grip off, hook the top of the grip panel under the top of handle and with little pressure press the lower portion into place. Do not force the grip into place. If there is any interference remove that material with a fine file and taper the back edge to allow the grip to swing into place. Place the screw into the frame handle and snug the grip screw against the grip.

Walther PPK/S and PP
Walther PPK/S

In some incidences the 6 point inside the grip panels may need to be trimmed to get the panels to fit properly. This can easily be done with a file. Simply remove the material from the corner or side in the direction you want to move the grip. Take one or two passes with the file and check the panel to the frame and the alignment of the screw hole. It should only take a pass or two to get the panels to line up. Check the other side before removing any material; it may not need any material removed. Then snug up the grip screw and check the function of the firearm prior to loading and firing.

Colt Single Action

These guns have 3 distinctive frames identified by First Generation, Second Generation or Third Generation. All of these grips are made slightly over sized and must be fitted to your frame.

These are unusual problems that do pop up from time to time. A small file and some sandpaper will be all the extra tools you will need.

General Procedures for Fitting Grips

The general procedures for fitting grips are:

 

  1. First make sure the handgun is unloaded and safe to work on.
  2. Put the grips on with your hands, pressing them flush to the frame. NEVER USE THE GRIP SCREW TO FORCE THE GRIPS ONTO THE GRIP FRAME PIN. If you cannot press the grips over the grip frame pin, open the edge of the pin hole with a knife then push the grips on by hand until they are flush with the frame.
  3. Tighten the grip screw until it is snug. By over tightening the grip screw or by trying to force the grips together by the screw will cause the escutcheon to break through the grip.
  4. After the grip is snug to the frame operate the unloaded firearm making sure there is no interference in the operation of the handgun. If the grip does not fit flush against the frame because of hanging up on the frame pin bevel the hole in the grip to allow the pin to start and press the grips together, then snug up the grip screw.
Safety Style: Beretta 21 & Tomcat
Examples: Smith & Wesson Back Straps/Hogue Rubber Texture
Example: Smth & Wesson Square Butt Frame
Example: Smith & Wesson Round Butt Frame