Colt 1911 Left Hand Thumbrest (87c)
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This is for left-handed shooters, for standard or full-sized
1911 Colt pistols and copies only. It has a sculpted
contour to settle your hand in the same position every time,
and is a little larger and thicker than a normal carry grip.
Yet, the finger grooves, thumb rest, and trigger finger
groove are not so radical as to be unusable by a right-handed
The grip is also suitable for a carry gun, as it does not
have as much side projection as a palm-rest style "Bullseye"
only grip and fits most holsters without a problem. The
sculpted surface helps you get on target and hold onto
the gun, and lack of checkering makes it easy to clean if
dropped in the mud or worse.
Here's a little secret about smooth surfaced grips:
after you've used the gun a lot, a checkered grip usually
will show some dings, worn checkering points, and scratching
that require re-checkering to restore. That's a lot of
work and requires the right tools. You have to cut away
enough of the worn or damaged surface to remove any dings
and that means all the checkering in that section must be
carefully cut deeper. But a smooth grip? No problem! Just
wrap a little 220 or 320 grit sandpaper on a dowel and sand
away the dinged area, feather it back to the countour around
it, sand with a couple of grades of finer grit, buff and wax,
and in a few minutes your grip is good as new!
The hole spacing is how you can tell if the grip will work
on your gun (if you are not sure if your gun is a full size
standard government-spec style in regard to the grip mounting
and size). The hole spacing is 3-1/16 inches
center to center, and the grip over-all height is about
If you measure between the screw centers, or from the same
edge on each hole, and you get different measurements, or
if your gun does not use a standard 1/4-inch diameter stud
mounting with a 0.150-in diameter screw in the center, and
a screw head that fits closely into about 0.280-inch hole,
then guess what? --you don't have a standard 1911 Colt style
design, and these grips won't fit. Otherwise, you do.
It doesn't matter if your gun says "Taurus", "Kimber", "Colt",
or some other name, so long as the hole spacing is just as
described above, and the gun uses the G.I. stud mount as
described. There are many other guns that look like
a 1911 Colt, and are patterned after it, but don't use the
same kind of hole spacing or grip mounting: some versions
of the Llama, Star, and Ballister-Molina (and other less
known South American and Spanish brands as well) use a
direct threaded hole mounting into the grip frame and
usually also have different hole spacing.
You don't need to write and ask if these grips fit your
gun: just whip out the old ruler, and measure the distance
between the hole centers, and observe if your gun has two
little 1/4-inch studs sticking out for each grip. If not,
it won't fit. If so, it either fits directly or is easily
modified for clearance of a right-side thumb safety (just
use a Dremel tool and cut away the top back area so an "ambi"
safety lever will work, if you have one).
Most sculpted target grips don't have a flat enough area
anywhere on them to mount medallions. But these grips
were made with a subtle curve to a small flat area on
both sides, below the finger groove and thumb rest: you
CAN have medallions mounted. The 5/8-inch and smaller
sizes look best, but the 3/4-inch ones will work.