The Vintage 1911 Guest Post


I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
She’s coming in twelve-thirty flight
Her moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation

I stopped an old man along the way
Hoping to find some old forgotten words or ancient melodies
He turned to me as if to say: “Hurry boy, it’s waiting there for you”

I’ve resisted the call of the “skip checkered” stocks for a couple of decades now, but with the news of Herrett’s Stocks closing their doors forever, I had to pull the trigger on a set of their black lacquered “D-45” stocks.

When I think of these, I think of my youth, my earliest exposure to the gun culture. I think of the “golden age” of IPSC, the “leatherslap matches,” and the old magazine articles written by men like Col. Askins and Col. Cooper.

These grips remind me of the 1970’s and the 1980’s. They remind me of “trucker caps” and knee-high athletic socks, scorching afternoons on the range, pasting targets and laughing with good friends.

They remind me of my predecessors, men who “rode the river” and men who not only competed, but also “shot for blood.”

I think of safaris to the Dark Continent, hunters outfitted with leather and canvas gear, close range shots, large bore British double-rifles, campfires on the veldt, and stalking through the bush, in the shadow of Kilimanjaro.

These stocks remind me of Feds, hunting FALN separatists in Puerto Rico, FARC irregulars in Colombia, perhaps even chasing FSLN Sandinistas through the jungles of Central and South America. .

They’re retro, they’re definitely vintage, and they’re basically the handlebar mustache of the gun grip market right now… not too gaudy, not too “pimp,” but just flamboyant enough to draw a wink and a nod from a fellow pistolero who knows what-the-fuck is up with these…😉

Drop a comment please, let me know what they remind you of. Love them, or hate them, that’s up to you, but let us know. (Especially if you’ve bothered to read this far…🤣🤣🤣)

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  1. Had a set of those on a Colt years ago, might have been knockoffs though, a ding took off one of the diamonds. Classy and very grippy. Would definitely use those again.

  2. I have never used this pattern but look fine and as always,what works for you.The first 1911 I shot had I guess for lack of a better word a 45 degree cross hatch that felt real nice and my friend whose pistol it was was so glad to see me hitting with it went to wally world and got me a 250 round box to have fun with while visiting,refused to sell me the gun but helped me with a 1911 build.

    I must say the 70’s/early 80’s remind me of good bands/muscle cars I owned(along with a few bad ass 4×4’s)and some and concerts,but……,that’s just me,your mileage may vary.


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