Everybody knows by now that I have a “thing” for really nice wood grips on my handguns, right? Well I recently became aware – through the Ruger Forum, actually – of an excellent grip maker from Johnson City, Texas. Zane Thompson – Lone Star Custom Grips – has a good eye for wood, and the talent to turn it into exceptional grips for revolvers or semi-automatics. Since I am pretty well caught up on nice wood for my single action revolvers, I contracted Zane to make a set for my Taurus 1911. Of the wood he happened to have on hand, he suggested Burl Mesquite, and after looking at pictures both of the actual wood he planned to use and of other grips he had done with similar wood I told him to go ahead. Got them today, and I think they certainly improve the looks of my pistol!
Of course, the Taurus PT1911 is a “budget” 1911, but a good one. With features normally found on custom 1911’s, like checkered front and rear straps, high beaver-tail grip safety, ambi slide lock safety, front and rear cocking serrations, front rail for mounting a light, “commander” style hammer, and a lightweight trigger, it looks good and certainly mine has functioned nearly flawlessly since I’ve owned it. Mine is a brushed stainless finish that I prefer on a woods gun, but the blued examples I’ve seen were also very attractive. I liked the dyamond wood grips I originally replaced the factory black plastic ones with, but these mesquite handles are even better. They aren’t checkered, because I did not ask for that, and with the back strap of the magazine housing checkered and the Pierce ribber finger groove inserts under the wood grips feeling even better than the front strap checkering, they are not likely to cause a slippery hold on the pistol.
Might need another set of these for my Para 1911?
Zane Thompson: LoneStarCustomGrips.com
Johnson City, Texas