5 Stars By FederalITGuy on 2014-08-16
Better than advertised!!!
So many products for 1911s claim one thing, yet fail to deliver. This is not the case. I installed it on my Rock Island Armory full frame 1911 and it fit like a glove. I installed a Streamlight TLR1 and it looks great!
If you want to give your 1911 a great makeover this is the one to go with!
5 Stars By M. Chamberlain on 2014-10-22
Excellent addition to any 1911
I replaced the standard grips on a Kimber 1911 with this rail kit, and I really like the outcome. Fit and finish is excellent, and it holds the light securely. You can barely locate the seam where the two halves come together. I worried about the seam a bit, possibly gaping and pinching my hand, but the tolerances on this were great. It's almost like a single piece once you get it attached. I'm very pleased.
4 Stars By Stewbacca on 2016-01-12
Pretty darn good system!
I purchased the rail system and holster together, which I will also review together since you can't really use one without the other. I suppose you could use the rail system and a generic one-size-fits-all nylon holster, but let's assume you don't want to use a cheapo $10 holster to retain your firearm. You may see this exact same review on both items.
First of all, let me save you some time: if you need a concealed carry holster, this is not the system you're looking for. I struggle to understand how the Blackhawk Serpa holsters can claim they are designed for concealed carry, and this one is slightly wider and bulkier. Definitely designed for open carry.
First impression out of the box was that I wasted my money (but keep reading!) The packaging was cheap and looked like a Walmart knock off. Looking at the rail parts and holster in their packaging, and feeling how light the entire box was, they appeared unimpressive. HOWEVER, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they were actually quite solid and sturdy, with the exception of the paddle which I'll describe later. The holster itself is thick and feels rugged, the release button is easy to index, and weapon retention is excellent. I did feel a slight give when I pulled hard on a holstered weapon, but it did not release until I pressed the button (active retention model). The roto system allows you to cant (tilt) the weapon to any angle you want with the included Allen wrench.
The rail system is excellent. Appears thin but it's rock solid and doesn't flex as I feared it might. Installation is as simple as removing the grip panels and replacing them with this rail system, plus two extra screws on the trigger guard and end of the rail. No permanent alterations to the weapon. Installed on a Kimber Pro Carry II with no issues, fits like a glove and feels very solid. Adds a very slight bit of bulk to the grip. Ridges on the grip area help counteract the smooth plastic; it feels similar to most polymer frame handguns. I wonder if a Hogue grip would fit on this system? Cutouts for the magazine release, slide stop, and safety are perfectly placed and appear to be ambidextrous-safety-friendly, although my weapon does not have one.
Attached a Streamlight TLR-4 and it sits very well, about 1/2" lower than an integral rail so be aware that your buttons will be in a slightly different location than if the rail were part of the frame. But then if you had an integral rail you wouldn't be shopping for this.
The paddle on this IMI-compatible product leaves a little to be desired and is the only reason I took away one star. It feels a little flimsy, as if someone could walk up and rip your holstered weapon right off the paddle. Perhaps this can be resolved with the IMI belt loop adapter, I may order one and find out.
Another issue I have, and this is less of a problem and more of a slight annoyance, is re-holstering with an accessory attached. The hard rubber flaps that serve as the trigger guard do flex to allow the accessory to pass by, but they're rigid and holstering is a little clumsy and takes a bit of practice to perform smoothly. I tried bending the flaps back and forth a few times as suggested in another review, which helped a little. With no accessory it was very easy to re-holster. Perhaps it (or I) will become smoother with more use.
Overall a great system and I'm very happy with my purchase. As I stated earlier, it is compatible with IMI Defense accessories so you could add a drop leg base, magazine holders, belt loop to replace the paddle, etc.
5 Stars By Average Joe on 2016-07-29
All-In-All Good Rail System
My older 1991A1 didn't have picatinny rails on it and I wanted night capability by some means. I didn't want to modify the pistol by putting on tritium sights because I'd still have to tote a flashlight of some sort, so this looked like a viable alternative. It took about 5 minutes to remove the stock grips on the pistol and place the new rails on the pistol and the fit was perfect. The attachable LED flashlight slides on flawlessly and the flashlight will also fit a Sig 357 I own that has stock rails on it. The only downside to this rail system is the molded hard plastic grips. I am more accustomed to rubberized grips and, while the hard plastic grips have ridges to help grip, they could be a bit slippery especially in inclimate weather. I hope I never have the opportunity to find out. All in all, this is a good rail system if, like me, yours didn't come with one.
5 Stars By SteamLoco76 on 2017-02-10
Well designed way to bring a railless 1911 into the 21st Century.
The Recover Tactical Grip and Rail System does exactly what they say, it gives you a good sized tactical rail mount on your 1911 pistol without ruining the ergonomics of the gun. I mounted mine on an inexpensive ATI Govenment Model Deluxe. Fit was about 95% perfect except for a tiny amount of gapping near the top of the front strap. 1911 frames vary a bit size wise, so slight fitment issues are expected. Nothing a bit of sanding wouldn't cure. The grip is comfortable for a hard plastic and my Tactical flashlight fit the rail perfectly.
All in all, I can highly recommended the ReCover CCH3 as an inexpensive and practical way to make a railless 1911 into a modern Tactical accessory friendly pistol.
4 Stars By David R. on 2016-01-05
Great idea, slightly flawed execution.
I am giving 4 stars for two reasons. First, it did not fit my Taurus PT1911. Taurus evidently is not 100% to spec, but for the price I am not going to complain. It fit my Norinco very well but I have not tried any of my Colts but I am sure they will fit no problem. Second, I find the gripping ridges to be uncomfortably sharp. I would prefer a textured finish as found on new Walther and H&K pistols. I plan on wrapping the grip in masking tape and knocking the ridges down with a file. The rail works well, and the hardware stayed tight after quite a few rounds downrange. I plan on using green Loctite wherever it ends up for good just for an extra level of security. Great idea, very slightly flawed execution. If I were the makers I would design a second generation as I can see by even a cursory examination that most fit issues could be very easily resolved by a minor redesign.
5 Stars By Robert A. Boyer on 2017-04-01
Best $40 ever spent on a Gun upgrade!!
Just received this today and already love it. I really wanted a Sig with the sight rail on it but got a good deal on this one. So, when I found this Recover product, I was certainly interested. For the most part it already has great reviews so I trusted it would work. Installed in seconds and looks awesome. Just what the gun needed. Now I can add a light/laser combo for home defense. Make sure to install all screws before tightening any of them. Gives you a good chance to make sure the two halves are aligned and in the best position. Then tighten screws. I was a little concerned with the feel of the plastic versus the original soft rubber grips but you can hardly tell the difference. I'll add to the reveiw after a few hundred rounds. Just received my .45ACP AAC Tirant so I'm really iching to put some rounds through it.
5 Stars By Chuck on 2017-02-17
Excellent Addition to my Taurus PT 1911
I have been trying to find a good way to get a rail on my Taurus PT 1911 for some time now. This grip has been an excellent solution.
First I want to start with describing the overall quality. It is extremely comfortable and fits nicely into my hand. It is extremely durable and hasn't shown scratches even with me hitting it a bit. I got mine in phantom grey and it accents my 1911 perfectly.
Second on the list is the only negative I have. Once installed, there is a little bit of a gap underneath the trigger guard near the magwell. It is such a slight gap but knowing it's there bothers me a little. I'm not giving this any lower than 5 stars as this product fits such a wide range of 1911s that it would be unfair to give a low rating due to my slight issue.
4 Stars By Ben on 2017-02-09
Glad I bought it, but not as good of a fit as I hoped.
I'm pretty happy with this product overall. It looks awesome (see photos). It IS made of hard plastic, but the grip feels good. Only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because there is a gap down the middle of the system that I don't like as opposed to it fitting flush together.
4 Stars By Taron Trent Clark on 2015-11-10
Great product for the price point, very comfortable in hand.
I bought this item for my Rock Island 1911 45 ACP Tactical. It has a 4.25 inch barrel and is stock on everything else. The assembly was extremely easy except for the part where I had to sand the top edges around my safety and my slide to get a better fir. This was mentioned in comments earlier posted as well though so I was expecting this when it comes to the full size 1911's. The part itself fits great with 0 wobbling and no noisy parts squeaking when you are firing. My only reason for giving it 4 stars is the fact that it doesn't perfectly seal around the base of my grip and the sides are smooth so you don't really get the best handle on the weapon. Grip tape fixed that and made everything look uniform so overall an awesome product to avoid having your gun expensively re-tailored for a lower rail. I use a green laser on mine and it never moves and hasn't had to be re-sighted since.