Retcop, grip makers like VZ, and Lok make a host of replacements for C-Bobs.
Thanks for the info, Zephyr. Maybe I should try a set for my Kimber Pro Carry ?
I have the Kimber black "rubber" grips on the pistol, and they are supposed to sell me a set of Kimber classic double diamond wood grips for 40 bucks,
as part of the offer that came with the pistol when I bought it new. The Kimber was a good investment. It is in excellent shape, and the price they want today for the same model
is much higher than what I paid for it.
For some time I have been considering getting a 9MM barrel for my G 23 so the wife could have it as a house gun.
The bit of extra weight of the 9mm barrel should make it even easier to shoot, it has a new (er) set of Trijicons on it,
and I already picked up some 9mm Glock 19 magazines, including a couple of 32 rounders.
That way I could do EDC with the Kimber. It has the aluminum frame (gasp ! not steel) so it only weighs a couple of ounces more
than the G23 empty. I carried a cocked and locked Hi-Power for years, but after decades with mostly striker fired pistols, I will have to retrain It should be actually easier to conceal and possibly lighter loaded. I experimented with some high quality mags, and found I actually
preferred the Kimber Pro Tac magazines. Built like vaults, they are flawless with 8 rounds, can be run with no bumper, or a thinner "carry" bumper and a thicker range bumper comes with it, and they screw into the baseplate so they are going to stay on without no wobbles. The 3 Wilsons I bought got sold to a friend. They worked with the 8 rounds fine, but did not fit flush in the gun. There was a thin strip of the mag's stainless steel visible with the Wilsons that could be see from the outside all around in between the magwell and the mag baseplate. I could not handle the way it looked.
When on the range, I always run a hot gun until I am done, so those rubber mag bumpers are important to me. So is the fact that I can exchange or remove them without having to take the magazine apart. Kimber did some thinking when they designed these mags, IMO. Running a hot gun means after the last round the mag gets released to the ground as I do a speed reload.
If I am out of magazines on my belt, or it is time to stand down, I will still drop the magazine and go through the motions of loading a fresh mag from my belt, and drop the slide, do my threat assessment and scan, and then make safe.
Call me crazy, but IMHO, not keeping a "hot gun" is one of the most common training scars we impose on ourselves,
and one with potentially some of the most serious consequences. If you are gently removing the magazines, setting them down or putting them in your pocket, and then leisurely placing another magazine home from your belt or a table as you study your last group target, and do it often enough, I assure you the proper muscle memory is not going to kick in when the adrenaline is pumping, your heart is racing and your vision is narrowing because someone is trying to kill you and you must fight.
You should always draw you EDC pistol, whether it is live or dry fire, from the usual ways it is concealed.
Sorry (not really ) for the detour, but the double set of bumbers on the Kimber mag made me think of it. We have a lot of new members (WAY cool) and it is hard to pass up an opportunity to relate a practical self defense training tip. Doing dry fire draws from the holster as it is normally concealed are an easy and cost free way to easily turn practice into muscle memory, Train how you fight, to the best your circumstance allows.. If your range does not allow it, find a different place to shoot.
It is that important, IMHO
Just remember to always have a safe backstop with which to dry fire the pistol from the draw,
and get every bit of ammunition and loaded nags out of the room.
Dummy rounds are cheap, and great for simulating malfunctions, especially during live fire at the range.
BTW: I would love to see more activity on the training threads.
While we all can't afford expensive high speed low drag combat pistol
training, it is not hard to do the drills that will make you exponentially better
than the occasional trip to the range to punch paper. It is always good to have a combat pistol-centered shooter or 2 as friends.
Ex and current cops with extensive sidearm training, and who also are or may have been Firearms Instructors
are not hard to find . They do need to know you are a standup guy, so an introduction
from a mutual friend is an essential plus. Bringing Egg-a-muffins and coffee for those early morning trips to the range is a nice touch,
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.