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Posted: 3/14/2005 8:57:01 PM EST
I have an old 1911 A1 SA Loaded.  The screws on the grips are tight but the grips on both sides are loose.  It came with the original wood grips.  Anyone of you have experienced this and if so any tips on what I could do to fix it?

Thanks again,

556man
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 1:22:39 AM EST
Common problem after some age and wear with older wood grip slabs. Many just replace them, but often you can get some more miles out of them by taking monofilament fishing line and wrapping a tiny bit around the grip screw. Start the screw but leave the head proud of the grip, wrap a turn or two of the line, tighten screw, cut off the excess.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 5:17:18 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 9:24:43 AM EST
Thanks ikor and anothergene.  Those are great ideas.   Appreciate your tips.

556man
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 9:52:43 AM EST
Update:  I have no monofilament line but I tried the dental floss  on one grip and it work.  While fixing the other grip I remembered that I kept some rubber bands for my son's braces a while ago.  They are really small and it fits perfectly on the screw and the grip.  Should work like an o ring.  Tried it and sure enough it works too.  Now both of your ideas is applied to each grip on my 1911 as a test to see which one would last longer.   jk

I'm glad it's fixed and thanks again for both of your great ideas.

556man
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 11:41:28 AM EST
#60 O rings work, but you have to take care tighting the screws up.  If you go too tight, you will split the wood.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 2:00:41 PM EST

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#60 O rings work, but you have to take care tighting the screws up.  If you go too tight, you will split the wood.



Thank you for the tip Dano523.  I will keep that in mind.

556man
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