Survivor Grips for 1911

survivor grips

Oriskany Arms sells a 1911 pistol that is equipped with basic wilderness survival gear built into the grips. Now, the company offers the grips as a stand alone product for purchase. This would allow any 1911 owner to convert their pistol into a “survival” gun.

The grips install normally on standard 1911 pistols. Inside each panel is a storage area that contains various products that could help someone in a tough spot. The included items are:

  • two water purification tablets
  • four “strike anywhere” matches
  • three fishing hooks
  • an unknown length of fishing line
  • a single razor blade
  • a small magnetic compass
  • a length of tender wire
  • a concave reflector that is intended to be a solar fire starter

Of course, the usefulness of all of these items is completely dependent on the individual’s skill level with the techniques needed to utilize them.

With the grips, Oriskany Arms includes a SleepPod temporary shelter. The SleepPod weighs two pounds and will not fit inside the grips. It’s more of a backpack kind of thing.

On the company’s Survivor pistol, a small hex key wrench is included, secured in the frame of the gun. This would allow the user to remove the grip panels to access the survival gear. No mention of any such tool is included for the stand alone grips. I presume that you would need to make sure you have the appropriate driver on hand in an emergency to access the kit.

The MSRP is $99.

Richard Johnson

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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    And just a pinch of marijuana presumably to take the edge off of whatever end of the world situation has befallen you.

    • M.M.D.C.

      I hear it makes you invisible to zombies… or was that indistinguishable? I can’t remember.

      Anyway, where are those doritos?

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Get to lootin’, boy!

    • me

      You can, you can put your weed in it man!

      • georgesteele

        Just take the bullets, follower, and spring out of the magazine and replace them with a small brick of hashish. You won’t be able to defend yourself, but you won’t care . . .

    • Edeco

      Yep, two mini-nugs

  • Al

    $99. LOL.

  • Vhyrus

    My survival bracelet has most of that built in, and it only cost me $10 for two. Plus, I don’t have to carry an expensive obsolete pistol with limited ammo capacity to use it.

    Ooh that pissed some of you off. I can hear the teeth grinding through the tactical beards from here.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Glue them to your Glock.



        • M.M.D.C.

          What you do in the privacy of your home is your business.

        • Giolli Joker

          Through LAV’s tactical butt plug?

      • Roy G Bunting

        Tactical paracord survival lanyard for Glocks 🙂

        Seriously, why would I want this inside my gun?

    • Shocked_and_Amazed✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      “obsolete pistol with limited ammo capacity to use it”
      Do the new modern guns come with unlimited ammo capacity?
      Not grinding teeth but I did spray Lyisol as it kills 99.99 oder viruses .
      That being said, I don’t see the point.

  • Shocked_and_Amazed✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    What in the world is tender wire?

    • Brocus

      it strokes you gently during those cold and lonely nights

      • Shocked_and_Amazed✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Thanka. Just something else I don’t need. My wife provides those services

        • Vhyrus

          But she doesn’t fit inside your 1911, does she?

  • RoyB

    Love the 1911 but would not be hiking with a 1911. You either need more or less gun. And I can’t think of a situation where you would need these grips and not also have access to a lot of other survival equipment

    • john huscio

      45acp (with the right bullets) works on almost every aggressive animal (excepting black bears and really big hogs) you could encounter hiking east of the Mississippi. Saw for myself what it did to a big aggressive feral Rottweiler while hog hunting in southern Georgia 5 years back.

  • Peeholestinger

    How do you get to the survival gear if you don’t have a wrench for the grip screws?

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Its in the handle of your knife.

    • Bill

      Start gnawing…

    • Some Guy

      There’s a reason why firearms are one of the few acceptable places to use flathead screws

    • Mark Horning

      The smart thing to do would be to use standard GI slotted screws. John Moses Browning designed the screw slot to mate with a .45 acp rim. The 1911 is it’s own tool box.

      • Kivaari

        Red the Colt instructions common in 1970 or 1940, and it was the magazine follower. No tools are required to perform a complete takedown of a M1911.

    • Gorilla Biscuit

      Easy! Use the gun attached to the grips.

  • Anonymoose

    I need this for an N-frame. .44 Mag for serious innawoodsin.

  • Brocus

    I too had one of those Rambo knives in the 80s. Not really into repeating that folly.

    • Giolli Joker

      A Chris Reeve’s monolithic knife, though…

  • Nicholas C

    I am concerned that carbon and oil will make its way down into the mag well where the contents will get coated. After you have shot your 1911 a bit.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      I am concerned that this is just a dumb idea.

      • Shocked_and_Amazed✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ


  • Zachary marrs

    because when you carry a 1911, you need all the help you can get

  • Bill

    I’ve got these things called pockets…I can imagine (almost) some scenarios were I may not have a 1911, but I can’t think of many were I wouldn’t have my pants…

    3 suggestions:
    Make grips out of magnesium or compressed tinder
    Make mainspring housing out of ferrocium
    Develop recoil spring plug or barrel bushing that can be used as scraper/striker

    I amaze myself sometimes.

    • Mike

      Pants? What are these “pants” you speak of? I have no knowledge of these so-called “pants”

      • Bill

        I think it’s long past time for the loincloth to make a comeback.

        • Aaron

          Utilikilt. Pack your gear without jamming your junk. 🙂

        • Kivaari

          Idiots wear kilts. In the USA in my 68 years I have seen one “man” wearing a skirt – kilt. He looked like a fruit.

      • DC

        I seem to have lost my pants in a tragic boating accident.

    • Ripley

      I was just going to say make the slide from fire steel.

      You could always use a 1911 to get you some pants, but not the other way.

      • Bill

        Well, I could remove my pants, thus causing my adversary to flee in fear, disgust, envy or shame, or use a leg of my pants to strangle them; after all, pants can be used as a flotation device to save life, so there must be a way to take life with them.

  • Al Wise

    Proof you can sell anything.

    • Dan

      Yes, yes you can.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Shouldnt the balls be in the back…?

        • Brocus

          you got some weird ideas about anatomy…

        • Dan

          Not if you want to fondle them properly

      • Bill

        Actually, great idea for sandbags.

      • Aaron

        Do you cup or squeeze? Bumper nuts have gone tactical.

        • Dan

          I imagine individual preference. I think these were called tac sac?

  • Dracon1201

    Maybe with flatheads, but hex heads ruin this product.

  • Bob

    For $99 I think I can apply a dremal to my existing grips, thank you. (Which are flathead and can be taken off with the bottom of a cartridge.)

  • felix

    Honestly speaking…………….who the hell actually uses this stuff?

    • Giolli Joker

      The same ones prepared for a zombie invasion…

  • dltaylor51

    This is all you need to stay alive in comfort if you dont lose the hex wrench.

  • Zebra Dun

    No genuine police whistle?

  • Kivaari

    Seriously? I bet those matches will really work after a day out in the weather or swearing under a rain coat. This is a very lame idea.

  • Kivaari

    I bet they make ten of these, and they will be given to family and friends who will instantly drop them in a drawer and forget about them.