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def90
July 22, 2013, 19:32
So I changed out the black plastic contour grips on my HiPower with some original Walnut grips because the curved contour was directly in line with the mag release and made it very hard to hit the release with my thumb without moving my grip. If I remove the grip panel on the left side I can easily operate the release without moving my grip with my right hand.

New wood: (probably the nicest thing I have ever received from Numrich, I think they are new)

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-e0-HVOzJPqY/Ue3Ou4z4kzI/AAAAAAAAB_c/dc9771HUe94/s640/IMG_20130722_180109_884.jpg

The new walnut grips look great but I they are even fatter than the plastic contour grips so my mag release is still impossible to hit without adjusting my grip.

I was looking at some of the Hogues and a couple others.. anyone have some of these? How do they compare to the standard FN grips? Thinner?

Hogue wood:
http://www.hoguestore.com/bmz_cache/c/c0fce105c8c26085646dfb79bccaa046.image.300x225.jpg

Hogue aluminum:
http://www.hoguestore.com/bmz_cache/e/ecda48b786e8abf5caa5eda39bfb8169.image.300x200.jpg

How about VZ grips? Anyone using them? How thick/thin are they? They look thin in the pics..

https://vzgrips.com/gun-grips/hi-power

http://www.evingrant.com/pics/Hi-Power.jpg

http://www.mattdtactical.com/assets/images/hpeb-pop4.jpg

paulb2112
July 22, 2013, 20:22
have pach''s on one and crimson trace on another. both are better especially the pach's.

def90
July 22, 2013, 20:42
Couple of other ideas. No matter what grips you get, using your left thumb to hit the release while sweeping down to make sure the mag is actually stripped out of the gun is a decent method to use. If the mag ever sticks, any time saved in getting the weak hand headed for the spare early will be more than made up trying to clear it out later.

I thought about that a bit, might have to sit on the couch one evening doing some practice loads and see how it goes. I have the spring loaded mags and they fall out reliably but i did make the mistake of buying regular mags without the spring and they do need a bit of a tug once in a while.

DYNOMIKE
July 22, 2013, 21:50
I have several sets of VZ grips and I like them very much..

Texgunner
July 22, 2013, 21:54
There are some good looking grips at that VZ website. I might have to try a set for my HP. Thanks for turning me onto them.
Gary

DYNOMIKE
July 22, 2013, 22:11
I'm tired and don't feel like looking for them but I "think" I have some PICS somewhere?

I prefer an aggressive grip, as such that's all I have from VZ.
Using them now on a 1911, one CZ-75, one CZ-85, and one of my H/P's..

def90
July 22, 2013, 23:40
I'm tired and don't feel like looking for them but I "think" I have some PICS somewhere?

I prefer an aggressive grip, as such that's all I have from VZ.
Using them now on a 1911, one CZ-75, one CZ-85, and one of my H/P's..

Are you using the Gunners with the deep waffle pattern scallops? I like the Pro Slims but am wondering how the diagonal cuts will feel. Might just have to buy two sets an just sell off the ones I don't like.

W.E.G.
July 23, 2013, 06:31
Navidrex grips is da bomb.
Solves the fat-ass problem on the BHP.
http://www.brownells.com/handgun-parts/grip-parts/grips/browning-hp-combat-grips-prod9563.aspx

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/pistol%20pics/Browning%20HiPower/bhp-left.jpg

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/pistol%20pics/Browning%20HiPower/bhp-right.jpg

You will need to do some "skim-bedding" on the undersides of the panels to make them "sit" solidly. Without the skim, they will squirm. I just globbed-on some JB-Weld, and then filed-down the JB until the panels fit perfectly.

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/pistol%20pics/Browning%20HiPower/grips_zps602be59c.jpg

DYNOMIKE
July 23, 2013, 18:33
If I buy a set of "alleged" QUALITY grips WHY should I have to make them fit W/Fuggin JB Weld?? :confused:

Fuggers damn well better fit when I get them or BACK they go...

W.E.G.
July 23, 2013, 18:37
No thin-profile grips for you then.

DYNOMIKE
July 23, 2013, 18:40
No thin-profile grips for you then.

I gots MAN hands..
Don't need them.... :wink:

bill3542
July 23, 2013, 19:32
i have big hands so the Pachmayr Signature HP grips work great for me.

Mark IV
July 24, 2013, 01:27
Hi Power grips gained weight as time went on.

The red-backed grips on my '72 HP are noticeably thinner than the ones on my '86.

You could spring for red-backed grips on GB, but those maniacs want $75-$90/pair. Keep your eyes open at the gunshows.

For my hand, the military issue black plastic grips feel the best.

W.E.G.
July 24, 2013, 06:17
I gots MAN hands..
Don't need them.... :wink:

Yeah, but small hands make your wrench look bigger. :uhoh:

Timber Wolf
July 24, 2013, 07:11
I have the Navidrex Black Micarta on my 9mm HP and like them a lot. Since they are now appearantly unobtanium, I will probably put a set of VZ-something-thin on my FN .40 HP one of these days.

def90
July 24, 2013, 09:46
For my hand, the military issue black plastic grips feel the best.

Numrich has some of those pretty cheap, maybe I will get a set to try out.

In the mean time I think I will also be placing an order with VZ.

gunplumber
July 24, 2013, 10:08
I have been partial to the Navidrex as well. Not all hipowers have exactly the same internal contour. A Mk-III will require some very slight fitting at the top rear web. A Mk II, not so much.

http://www.arizonaresponsesystems.com/wp/smithbhp-02b.jpg


http://www.arizonaresponsesystems.com/wp/smithbhp-02c.jpg

def90
July 24, 2013, 10:12
Not all hipowers have exactly the same internal contour. A Mk-III will require some very slight fitting at the top rear web. A Mk II, not so much.

Yeah, I had to remove a small amount of material on that location on my wood grips to get them flush.

The Navidrex looks nice and thin.

def90
July 24, 2013, 10:21
Wood grips to compare to above photos..

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-2tpNb5VSh4M/Ue_wmiTHT3I/AAAAAAAACAA/cgkIFiuCcqY/s640/IMG_20130724_091356_504.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-AeG04dSiSeA/Ue_wmqkFwpI/AAAAAAAAB_8/JY_oojcVA64/s640/IMG_20130724_091548_331.jpg

DYNOMIKE
July 24, 2013, 10:22
Are you using the Gunners with the deep waffle pattern scallops? I like the Pro Slims but am wondering how the diagonal cuts will feel. Might just have to buy two sets an just sell off the ones I don't like.

Def, it's been awhile since I placed an order or went to their site but here are a couple quick PICS..
HTH.. :beer:

1911, I think these are Operators:
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj295/DYNOMIKE_photos/P7230356_zps748aa1ee.jpg

BHP:
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj295/DYNOMIKE_photos/P7230354_zps90d60017.jpg

CZ75:
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj295/DYNOMIKE_photos/P7230355_zps709bfe25.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj295/DYNOMIKE_photos/P7230352_zps79bc3665.jpg

Not sure about the ZEBRA grips?? VZ also of course just don't know if I'll use them or not?

Here is a CZ85 Combat W/Factory grips:
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj295/DYNOMIKE_photos/P7230358_zps0825cea4.jpg

And W/The VZ Grips (not screwed on, just laying there):
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj295/DYNOMIKE_photos/P7230359_zps881284fe.jpg

ZEBRA close up:
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj295/DYNOMIKE_photos/P7230360_zpsd03b5c78.jpg

def90
July 24, 2013, 20:18
Ordered a set of these earlier today.. should find out in the next week or two how they compare. :)

Dyno, how do you like the feel of the waffle pattern ones you have vs a regular checkered grip?

http://www.evingrant.com/pics/Hi-Power.jpg

DYNOMIKE
July 24, 2013, 20:37
The Waffle pattern is more aggressive for sure..
I like it enough that I'll leave them on that gun and would consider using it on another..

If I was forced to choose between the two I'd have to do a side by side comparison first..
The waffle grips are nice on the HP but the more traditional checkered grips feel right at home on the CZ too...

Not much of an answer I know so I'll try and remember to take BOTH the next time I shoot and make some mental notes..

spider991
July 24, 2013, 21:37
wow, VZ Grips....some amazing pistols here, inspired me to gander at that website..gonna order a pair for the bhp I don't even have yet cause I fell in love with a set for my Beretta 92 I have to order, might as well save time:biggrin: might get a set for my cz while im at it.

mnhornet
July 29, 2013, 11:04
CDNN has some cocobola grips for about $36
I've got uncle mikes on mine, but would like to try out some OEM
walnut stocks.

moonbat60
July 30, 2013, 22:30
I still got the contoured plastic grips on my Argy, the same ones it came with.

I never saw any need for changing them. Got man's hands too. I also feel fine with a Para-Ord P14-45 and a Freedom Arms Casull Field Grade.

DYNOMIKE
July 30, 2013, 22:48
I still got the contoured plastic grips on my Argy, the same ones it came with.

I never saw any need for changing them. Got man's hands too. I also feel fine with a Para-Ord P14-45 and a Freedom Arms Casull Field Grade.

Plastic is fine as long as grip is not important.. Personally I think it TE SUX...
Grips can and do make a big diff in how a gun feels. Shoot enough ya figure that out.. You like plastic and that's cool but this thread aint about that..

FA Casull is a GREAT gun but has NO relevance in this discussion at all.. I own/shoot a S&W .460 but it has no relevance either..

brunop
July 31, 2013, 00:54
I have a pair of factory wood on one, and I have Craig Spegel walnut on the other. The Spegel grips are the best I've ever felt. I love them.

http://craigspegel.com/images/6a.jpg

def90
July 31, 2013, 22:51
So far so good with the grips. Hitting the mag release while I am still in a shooting position is still a little bit of a stretch but as I pull the gun back in to the body in a reload position it is an easy hit.

Need to get a better pic, this is all I have at the moment.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-GBwpKVvmjLc/UfnauExQJAI/AAAAAAAACBo/1O7nLHGEqBk/s640/IMG_20130727_214721_343.jpg

J. Armstrong
August 01, 2013, 11:14
Many moons ago Kim Ahrends made some gorgeous wood grips that were REALLY fantastic. When I went to order another pair for my second BHP, he told me they don't make 'em anymore - not enough demand to justify the tooling costs when he went automated.
Now using the VZs on the second BHP and while they are very good, they are nowhere near as sweet as the Ahrends were.
Maybe if enough of us pestered Kim ???????

moonbat60
August 15, 2013, 13:47
Dyno, I was just comparing grips and sizes.

My Argy has got close to 6k of rounds through it, and I never had any urge to change the grips.

On most of my other pistols I did. Even on my Springfield XD I attached rubberized decal grips.