Kim Ahrends


We started out in 1980 as Kim Ahrends Custom Firearms. At that time we were making some fine fighting 1911s. In 1982 we produced our first set of grips.  With our grips as with our guns we strived to produce a product that functions as good as it looks.  We have never been content with things as they are, always striving to improve on what we do.


I invite you to try our grips.  We are sure you will like the fit, feel and beauty of each set.  Judy and I enjoy talking with our customers and helping them find the product that fits their needs.  Judy is most helpful in picking that perfect grip for you.  She’s familiar with the wood and grips in inventory.


Judy Ahrends


We Began in the basement with a minimal amount of power equipment.  We only produced grips for the 1911 with a table saw and drill press.  While hand checkering these grips there was time to think of more efficient ways to do things.  In 1984 we moved into a garage in the back yard and added a CNC machine.  We are now in a larger building with 3 CNC machines and still looking for ways to make our grips even better.


Our CNC equipment allows for a precision product.  It’s the hand finishing, constant fitting on a frame and attention to detail that set them apart.  This past year we have rebuilt all of our fixturing for more precision.  We have not only come up with new products we’ve revised all our CNC programs for better quality.

With the CNC equipment we are forced to design a grip where one size must fit all guns.  This is the one area where there is a difference between a $70 grip and a $360 grip.  Please understand that it is our goal to provide a reasonably priced product with function as important as looks.

Heath Anderson
  Heath is our CNC specialist and a true craftsman.  He is one of those rare individuals who can see where improvements can be made to a program or fixtures and implement the changes.  This past year he has rebuilt all of our fixtures and tweaked all the programs.  He is responsible for the Retro-Target and Boot grips.  His responsibilities also include checking the grips for fit as they come off the machine.  Here at Ahrends Grips quality control is everyone's responsibility.  


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