FAQ

  • What is an ambi safety cut? Do I need an Ambi Safety Cut?
    1911 Ambi Safeties

    If your 1911 has a safety on the right (ejection port) side of the gun your grips will likely need an Ambi Safety cut of some kind. For most standard 1911’s or 1911 clones with an ambidextrous safety a Standard Ambi cut will work. If your 1911 is made by Rock Island Armory and has an ambidextrous safety you will need a Rock Island Ambi cut. If your 1911 is made by STI or Taurus and has an ambidextrous safety you will need an Extended Ambi cut. If your gun is made by Kimber and has an ambidextrous safety you will not need any special cuts unless the gun has aftermarket modifications to the safety.

  • Do I need Full Size or Compact 1911 grips?
    1911 Frame Size

    Full size 1911 grips fit Mil-Spec Government and Commander models while compact grips fit Officer models. If you're not sure which model you have you can measure the distance between the screw holes. On a full size 1911 the holes will be 3 1/16" (78mm) apart from center to center. On a compact they will be 2 ⅝" (67mm) apart. For Non-1911 grips check the FAQ on the product page for that grip.

  • What if I do not see my 1911 pistol brand listed?

    Our 1911 grips will fit most standard and clone 1911’s regardless of if you see your gun’s brand name listed on our 1911 menu. If you have questions about this please contact us, we will be happy to help.

  • Can I order a custom grip or color that is not shown on the website?

    No, we only currently offer grips for the platforms that we have listed on our website. We cannot make a grip for a frame we do not offer. The colors that we show on our website for the particular style or weapon type are the only colors that we offer. If you do not see the color choice for the style or frame that you are looking for, we do not currently make it.

  • Does VZ Grips ship outside the U.S?

    Yes, we do ship our grips and accessories internationally but we cannot send Magazines outside of the U.S. For a postal fee quote you can enter your address in the shipping estimator at the left hand side of the website page in your shopping cart once you have added an item.

  • Will I need to purchase hardware with my new VZ 1911 Grips?
    1911 Thickness

    Unless you are switching thicknesses, you will not need new hardware as your stock screws and bushings should work fine with your new grips. If you are transitioning to a Slim-line grip from a Standard Thickness or vice versa you will need to purchase and install both our Universal Bushings and any set of our screws (as they are all universal) to accommodate for the difference in thickness. For thickness measurements and examples please click the link below.

  • What texture is right for me?

    Our grip textures go from our smoothest grips-Our 320’s to grips with a serious bite, Like our VZ Recons and VZ Stipples. If you are planning to carry the weapon on a daily basis we suggest that you look at our 320’s, Gator Backs, Frags or our Elite Tactical Carry grips. These grips are considered our light to medium textured styles. If you are looking for Range and home defense, we suggest looking at our Alien and our VZ Operator II grips. You won’t drop either of those babies in a sticky situation. For those who like a very aggressive bite, checkout our VZ Recons or our Diamond Backs. We realize that texture is hard to determine over the internet. Feel free to contact us if you would like more information about a specific texture.

  • What are VZ Grips made of?

    Our grips are offered in several different materials including G-10, Carbon Fiber, Canvas, Linen and Wood. For a more detailed description of our materials please check out the Materials 101 page

  • Why does VZ Grips allow up to 14 business days for all orders?

    We allow up to 14 business days for all orders as we do actually manufacture and modify our grips in house. While 14 days is really the exception rather than the rule (our average lead time is about a week), There are some cases during our busier times when it could be several weeks until you receive your order. Keep in mind when you are ordering a modification to your grip by using the drop down bar (ex. Beveled Bottom, Thumb Notch, Super Scoop, Bobtail Bottom etc..) those are cuts that are made after the order is placed and take approximately 24-48 hours to complete even if the base grip is in stock. If you need the grips quickly, feel free to contact us for a stock check and an approximate timeline.

  • Are my VZ Grips made in the U.S.A.?

    Yes, we are located in Tallahassee, Florida in the good ol’ U.S of A. We manufacture all of our grips with pride in-house.

  • Once my order is placed, can I cancel or change it?

    No. Once an order is placed we cannot cancel or change it. Please carefully review your order before submitting it. We pull orders from the website and begin to manufacture and modify grips in order to ensure the quickest delivery possible, changes in orders slow down this process. If you have any questions about your order please contact us before you place it.

  • What are O-Rings and do I need them?
    O-Rings Installation

    We recommend the O-Rings instead of Loctite. They are not a requirement but do act as friction to help keep the screws seated especially when doing a lot of shooting at the Range.

  • Does VZ offer Custom Engravings?

    Yes, we can engrave your logo or image on almost any of our 1911 grips styles. We can also engrave or number Magazines and we can even customize Yeti merchandise. For information on engravings, to get a time frame, or quotes please contact Justin at engravings@vzgrips.com

  • How can I locate an authorized VZ Grips dealer near me?

    Check out the Find A Dealer page to locate the dealer nearest to you.

  • How can I become a VZ Grips authorized dealer?

    If you are interested in becoming a dealer please download and fill out the DealerInfo.pdf, then email it to dealers@vzgrips.com