Friday, September 25, 2009

Our 1911 Grips on YouTube

A few months ago, we posted videos of our work on YouTube. So far, we've had encouraging results. Our first video posted about 3 months ago got 3,600+ views to date... that's more than a 1,200 hits a month! Visit our YouTube channel...

If you want to order custom 1911 grips, or if you have ideas for grips, send us an email. We'd love to hear from you!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Brief History of the Iconic 1911 Handgun

Have you ever wondered why the M1911 was chosen as the standard-issue sidearm of the U.S. armed forces from 1911 to 1985? Here is an excerpt from

"The Colt Model 1911 was the product of a very capable person, namely John Moses Browning, father of several modern firearms. The pistol was designed to comply with the requirements of the U.S. Army, which, during its campaign against the Moros in Philippines, had seen its trusty .38 revolver to be incapable of stopping attackers. An Ordnance Board headed by Col. John T. Thompson (inventor of the Thompson sub-machine-gun) and Col. Louis A. La Garde, had reached the conclusion that the army needed a .45" caliber cartridge, to provide adequate stopping power. In the mean time, J. Browning who was working for Colt, had already designed an an autoloader pistol, around a cartridge similar to contemporary .38 Super (dimension-wise). When the Army announced its interest in a new handgun, Browning re-engineered this handgun to accommodate a .45" diameter cartridge of his own design (with a 230 gr. FMJ bullet), and submitted the pistol to the Army for evaluation"

So it was the 1911's stopping power that sealed the deal. But why did the U.S. armed forces replace it in 1985 with the 9mm Beretta M9? Was it for the improved control? ...or higher ammo capacity? ...or the more advanced safety features? It's ironic that there are military and law enforcement organizations today that went back to use the .45 caliber M1911A1 handguns including the Marine Force Recon, L.A.P.D. SWAT/SIS, the FBI Hostage Rescue, FBI regional SWAT teams, and 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment (or Delta Force) to name a few...

Did I mention that I love this gun?

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Gun Art... anyone?

1gun \ˈgən\
Function: noun, Etymology: Middle English gonne, gunne, Date: 14th century--- a piece of ordnance usually with high muzzle velocity and comparatively flat trajectory.

2art \ˈärt\
Function: noun, Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin art-, ars, Date: 13th century--- skill acquired by experience, study, or observation

3gun+art \ˈgən+ˈärt\
Function: WHO KNOWS???

I've always been fascinated with artwork about guns. They're not for everyone... Some are intriguing, while others outright offend! A lot of them definitely have an "anti-gun" message, but I still like them for their powerful wit. Check out some of the images I collected from the internet. Enjoy!


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Custom 1911 Grips

We are makers of premium custom 1911 grips. We specialize in exotic hardwood like, cocobolo, coralwood, tigerstripe maple, afzelia burl, kingwood... to name a few. We also customize grips... we make what you want! We can woodburn or paint any design you can think of. Send us an image for a quote.

A few months ago, we started to sell rattlesnake grips... and some original creations like the sea snake skin & gator grips! Our stocks are limited, so hurry while they're still available!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Welcome to our Blog!

Hello fellow 1911 aficionados!  For some time now, I have been contemplating on starting my own blog about my greatest love (second only to my wife, of course)... the 1911 handgun! It's been a long love affair that started with my dad's army-issued Colt! We'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment below about your fond experience with the 1911.