Some things will never go out of style. The 1911 pistol is an icon that was destined to become a classic from the start, and today it is still incredibly popular, with more companies producing more models every day. The easiest and most popular upgrade anyone can make to change the look and feel of their 1911 is to change the grips, which can also add a dash of personalization at the same time.

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Pachmayr American Legend Grips offer a very high degree of versatility and style. Pachmayr has been in the recoil-reduction business since the 1940s, with its first recoil pad and later with rubber handgun grips. The American Legend grips are no exception and feature the company’s recoil-absorbing rubber side panels with aggressive molded-in checkering for a superior grip and the Pachmayr medallion. The wraparound style of these grips also includes deep finger grooves in the front that aid significantly in weapon retention and controlability as well as comfort.

These grips also combine the efficient practicality of rubber with the singular beauty of real laminated wood. The rubber inserts are surrounded by attractive wood in a variety of colors, including Rosewood, Tropical Purple, Tropical Passionwood, Evergreen Camo, Charcoal Silvertone and Heritage Walnut. For those who prefer a more traditional solid wood grip, Pachmayr has just introduced new rosewood laminate grips that have precise laser-cut checkering in either a double-diamond or half-checkered pattern. All Pachmayr 1911 grips feature relief cuts for ambidextrous safeties and mainspring housing pin cut-outs.

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