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Old 06-22-2013, 07:43 AM   #1
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Grip Suggestions for my new Colt Gold Cup

Hey everybody, looking for advice/suggestions.

I got a new Colt Gold Cup Trophy and I'm not digging the grips it came with, the full wrap around hard rubber/polymer/black.

Any suggestions for something that:

Looks a lot better.
Performs as well, if not better.


Here's a video on my Colt:
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:15 PM   #2
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I like my grips aggressive...VZ OperatorII's. Golfball pattern, thumb recess, and good bite. Then add either checkering or grip tape to the front strap, and you'll be set. Just my $.02
Old 06-22-2013, 04:09 PM   #3
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You have literally hundreds of grips to choose from, in so many options and materials it's impossible to list them.

Grips range from inexpensive woods, synthetics and laminates to high end custom or exotic materials like ivory.

Good places to at least start are Brownell's, Midway, CDNN, and.....COLT.
On the higher end are Esmeralda, VZ, and Wicked Grips.

On the very high end are Nutmeg, Elen Trading, and Boone Trading for Ivory and exotic materials like Mastodon and Walrus tusk.
Old 06-23-2013, 05:56 AM   #4
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Tried once getting Esmeralda grips, she never responded to any communications.
Old 06-23-2013, 04:21 PM   #5
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Small shops that are very busy often have communication problems.
Try again.

Here's just a very few sources for 1911 grips.
These run from inexpensive to "if you have to ask you can't afford them".

Colt's Manufacturing LLC
Check the online sales area.

Colt 1911

Gun Grip - Colt Automatic Grips
LOTS of them.

Gun Grips for Sale| Colt 1911, Python and Woodsman - Exotic and Beretta Wood |Revolver and Handgun Grips

Hand Gun Grips, Gun Handles, Pistol Grip from Eagle Grips - Eagle Grips Inc. - Gun Grips

Gun stocks by Herrett's Stocks, Inc.
Old line custom shop.

Hogue - The finest gun grips, rifle stocks, knives, holsters and accessories
Fancy woods.

Altamont Company - 1911

Handgun Grips | 1911 KimberSpringfieldClones = Handgun Grip

Boone Trading Company - Pistol Grips

1911 Grips - Custom Pistol Grips and Kits - CollinsCraftGrips

Elen Hunting & Importing Inc.: Stag Grips - Ivory Grips - Pearl Grips
Don't ask type prices.

Nutmeg Sports, LLC

Tombstone Gun Grips: Colt and Colt Replicas

Custom Handgun Grips by Wicked Grips
Crappy web site, grips are total custom, no holds barred whatever you can pay for. Click on Gallery at the bottom of the page.

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kudos on operator 2 vz grips , I dealt with vz 3 times now and have good service record. just my .02 worth
Old 09-20-2013, 07:19 AM   #7
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I noted that one post stated that they had tried to contact Exotic Grips by Esmeralda, but never got a response. I have contacted and ordered quite a few grips by Esmeralda and found her very responsive. The quality, finish, and fit of her grips are second to none. Check out her site at: (

Now, if you really want to dress up your Gold Cup, check out two other sites; Mike Poulin at: (Ivory Grips for all Colt Automatics). Mike has done a number of grips for me and they are truly pieces of art. The other grip maker I would recommend you take a look at is Dan Chinnock at: (Custom Knives - The Cutting Edge of Beauty & Quality - Dan Chinnock Knives).

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