SV Infinity Machined Steel Grips

I got a chance to feel a SV Infinity yesterday and boy is it nice. Matt Trout is a grandmaster in USPSA and the SV infinity is his gun. The one aspect of the gun that stood out for me was the steel grips and the texture that SV machines into them. It is similar to stippling but it is better than stippling. It was ridiculously grippy and the weight really helped with the balance. I wish I could have test drove it to see what a race gun feels like when driven fast.


Here are some pictures I found off SV’s website. The picture below does not convey the texture well. The grip that Matt had looks like small stars/points. The circles overlap each other to get that type of texture. You can see in the anodized red grips below they have a similar texture. I wish more gun manufacturers did this.

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Nicholas C

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  • Giolli Joker

    These are sexy…

  • Pete Sheppard

    How hot/cold are they at extreme temps? For me, this makes metal grips a non-starter

    • Frank

      They’re too heavy for a practical duty/carry gun really. If you’re talking about a shooting match, do you really do those in sub 30 degree weather anyway, or are you going to leave your race gun out in the sun for an extended period of time?

      • Pete Sheppard

        I figured they were for a niche/novelty market, which is dandy if that’s your thing. 🙂 I think in terms of the everyday practical use; dedicated game guns is out of my reach. Still, a summer match on a hot sunny day can make a gun uncomfortably hot, but presumably the shooter is wearing gloves anyway.

        • No offense, but if you’re trying to ask a race gun for “practical” purposes, you’re using the race gun wrong. You want a combat gun – and that’s perfectly fine!

          • Pete Sheppard

            None taken, because that’s exactly what I think! Note that I mentioned a summer MATCH. 😉 Raceguns are marvels of the gunmaker’s craft, but I go for plain Jane street guns–much more versatile and CHEAPER!!

      • raz-0

        I have a pretty damn light 2011 I had built comes in around 29oz. You can get an all steel para double stack at 43oz, and it has basically nothing done to save weight in the slide or frame. A sig p226 comes in at 34oz, a 1911 ranges from about 35 to about 40 depending on configuration.

        The steel grip might be on the heavy side by a bit, the aluminum grip can definitely be built into a light gun. As always, the main issue of the 2011 platform for practical purposes are the magazines and the labor to do things right. The former could easily be fixed by the existence of a large manufacturer. I have a decent stable of very reliable 126mm (i.e. fits in the grip, not extended) length mags, but I couldn’t imagine maintaining such for even a small department.

        As for competition, I compete all year round and I LOVE all my guns with a plastic grip once it gets below 30. I disown my metal guns when it gets around 20F. As for the sun… the crowds are much larger in the summer, and yes, the heat from direct sun can be an issue with guns with all metal grips, regardless of the flavor. I can’t muster the energy to look at them like they are crazy or stupid, but in the back of my head that’s kind of what I am thinking. Of course I was that stupid at one point and time too, which is why I know it’s a poor choice if you don’t want to handle a searing hot or wicked cold grip.

  • Jeff Smith


    • Jeff Smith

      Just found their site – they run +/- $500 for the basic aluminum grip and go up from there.

  • Nicholas Chen

    You are correct. Sorry for the confusion. I thought it was obvious that the red grips were aluminum.

  • andrey kireev

    Can i use these for finishing wood ?