Tuesday, May 7, 2024

2011/1911DS Grip Chop and Texture

We're now offering our grip chop service for full-size 2011-style polymer grip modules to accept compact 16-round (120mm) Staccato C2 magazines. This can be done for most brands of 2011-style polymer grip modules as well as the new MJD Solutions carbon/kevlar/polymer grip module. Staccato used to sell their compact and full-size grip modules separately, but they are no longer available for purchase. The new MJD Solutions grip module is a great high quality option for a separate grip module, but it is currently only available as a full-size grip. Unlike the old STI VIP compact grip module (the predecessor to the C2 grip) that was just a full-size grip cut down at the factory and utilized a proprietary Officer size mainspring housing (also no longer available to purchase), our grip chop retains the full-size mainspring housing by using a "step cut" to accommodate the shorter magazines.

Here is a Gen 1 STI 2011 grip module that we chopped, chamfered, and textured with our Concealed Carry texture in a 360-degree wrap around configuration and added a smooth magwell border on the bottom of the grip and mainspring housing. This grip was previously done in the factory "tree bark" texture. We also filled in the faux screw holes at the bottom of the grip for a more modern look.



Here is a MJD Solutions grip module that we chopped, chamfered, and textured with our Concealed Carry texture in a 360-degree wrap around configuration and added a smooth magwell border on the bottom of the grip and mainspring housing.



Here is a Springfield Prodigy 1911DS grip module that we chopped, chamfered, and textured with our Concealed Carry texture in a 360-degree wrap around configuration and added a smooth magwell border on the bottom of the mainspring housing.


 

The Prodigy 1911DS grip module also looks good with just the grip chop


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Monday, October 30, 2023

IWB Holster Type - Appendix vs 3 O'clock Position

We'd like to explain the differences in our inside the waistband (IWB) holsters when made for the appendix carry position (up front) versus the 3 o'clock carry position (aka "strong-side"). While the holster shell itself is very similar, the final configuration is different for the two carry positions. 

Appendix Carry Position
For the appendix carry position, the holster is typically equipped with a modified FOMI belt clip, a concealment wing (aka "claw"), and a round rubber puck on the back of the holster, which is our version of an easily removable wedge. The concealment wing rotates the grip of the gun into your body for better concealment (less printing) by leveraging against the back of the belt. The wedge tilts the back of the gun's slide in towards your body above the belt line for better concealment (less printing) and it also potentially reduces uncomfortable hotspots against your body that might be caused by any irregular or abrupt edges of the holster itself.

Full-size weapon mounted light

Compact weapon mounted light

No weapon mounted light (uses a polymer drop clip)

3 O'clock Carry Position
For the 3 o'clock carry position, the holster does not come with a concealment wing or a wedge. There would be a lot more belt tension against the concealment wing if worn at the 3 o'clock position and the increased pressure would likely cause the wing and/or the holster to crack and break. The concealment wing on an appendix carry holster cannot simply be removed to allow for 3 o'clock carry because the mounting hardware (screws and threaded posts) would be too long and you wouldn't be able to properly set the retention without the wing installed. The wedge is simply unnecessary for the 3 o'clock position and would actually be very uncomfortable if it was installed on the holster. A standard FOMI belt clip is typically mounted to the holster at a angle via the holster's multi-position mounting holes, to facilitate a smooth draw and for better concealment (less printing).

Full-size weapon mounted light

Compact weapon mounted light

No weapon mounted light

Keep in mind that a holster that is made specifically for the 3 o'clock carry position can also easily be used in the appendix carry position with the belt clip mounted vertically straight, but it will lack the additional concealment benefits that you would get with a concealment wing and a wedge.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Beavertail Re-contouring

We've recently added beavertail re-contouring to our list of stippling service options. This service is primarily meant for the larger Sig Sauer X-series grip modules, but we can also do this for other handgun frames/grips if it is applicable (i.e. Walther PDP).  What we do specifically on the Sig X-series grip module is round off the bottom edge of the beavertail itself. We can also thin down the sides of the top/back of frame leading back to the beavertail as seen in the photos below. These two modifications essentially give you the same look and feel as a factory XCompact grip module in that area, which is much more comfortable in the hand and allows for a slightly higher grip on the gun.







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Monday, October 31, 2022

Sig P365 XMacro Grip Chop and Texture

Here is a Sig P365 XMacro grip module that we chopped down to accept the 12-round XL magazines with our Concealed Carry texture. The XMacro grip looks and feels great compared to the smaller XL grip, but its kind of long for concealed carry with it's 17-round magazines. Chopping the grip down to the XL size makes it easier to conceal, while giving you a real 1913 accessory rail instead of Sig's proprietary P365 rail, and you also get interchangeable backstraps to customize the fit! You can also still use the 17-round XMacro magazines with the sleeves for the XL grip. 👍





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Sunday, October 2, 2022

Dehorning Metal Parts for Cerakote

As an extra cost option, we can dehorn the sharp corners and edges of metal handgun frames/slides and their associated parts prior to refinishing them with Cerakote to increase the durability of the coating by reducing potential wear spots. The amount of material removal for this is very minimal and isn't noticeable after refinishing, but it goes a long way to keeping the Cerakote from wearing off in those spots as well as providing some comfort along sharp edges that contact your hand when gripping the gun or against your body when in the holster.  Below is an example of a metal frame and slide that we dehorned before refinishing.





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2011/1911DS Grip Chop and Texture

We're now offering our grip chop service for full-size 2011-style polymer grip modules to accept compact 16-round (120mm) Staccato C2 ma...