Valkyrie Dynamics Skeletonized Handgun Grips

Valkyrie Dynamics manufactures aluminum grips for 1911-style pistols, Beretta FS 92 and SIG P238. Their grips have either deep machined textures or all the way cut through. The textures are mainly of honeycomb and what they call “Cobra” style resembling the snake’s scale pattern. They also come with various finishes and colors.

Valkyrie Dynamics 1911 grips are priced from $39.99 to $99.99. The full size 1911 grips fit all standard (5″ barrel) and commander (4.25″ barrel) size 1911s with normal length grips (7 or 8 round capacity). The distance between grip screws is 78mm or about 3.07″.

The selection of Beretta grips is a bit less with only two models available right now at price of $49.99. These grips fit the following Beretta pistol models: 96, 92FS, 92A1, M9, M9A1, Brigadier, Centurion and Elite.

The purpose of this post is not only to tell about these grips and the company, but also to address the trend of skeletonized and metal grips in general. We see more and more such gun parts appearing on the market recently. While in the case of many parts usage of metals helps to dissipate the heat and sometimes even reduce the weight by skeletonizing, it is not so when it comes to grips.

So the issue I see here is the lack of any practical use. With the exception of the “cool” looks, these grips have no advantages over conventional wooden or plastic ones. Moreover, I see some disadvantages. The most important issue is that metal transfers heat faster. If you have touched metal gun parts in desert heat or freezing cold, you’ll agree that it is not the best feeling, to say the least. You may say that I should always wear gloves, but that’s not the case in the real world.

And with the all the way through machined handgun grips, slides and AR-15 receivers these are obviously a good recipe for jamming the gun. Just imagine how fast external particles can find their way into the gun.

Of course, my arguments are true if you are considering the gun for use as a defensive or survival tool. These grips are absolutely perfect to have on a sort of a BBQ gun and they really make guns look “cool”.

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  • Don Ward

    That is a way to make a beautiful handgun like the Beretta 92 look downright fugly.

  • Bigbigpoopi
    • .45

      You know what’s really stupid? I own a Makarov, which has an open sided magazine, and I never though of making clear grips for it…

    • El Duderino

      ASP is so retro cool. I have a soft spot for obsolete ingenuity.

  • BattleshipGrey

    While I mostly agree with this post, I think there could be an advantage IF, someone would make clear plastic mags for Beretta 92/96s. I actually suggested this on the ETS industry page at ARFCOM and that they also make clear plastic grips to go along with those mags.

    Unfortunately, they didn’t reply to the suggestion. I think the success of the ETS Glock mags is due to no loss in capacity. The Glock mags are already thick, whereas Beretta mags are thinner and to make a sturdy clear plastic mag, they would have to reduce the inside dimensions and reduce the capacity to make it work. I still think it would be a great idea, (depending on how many rounds are lost) and I think someday, windowed grips will become a standard feature.

    • I think the easier option would be to combine these grips / clear grips with a Wire EDM cutout along the side of the magazine that allows you to view the remaining rounds.

  • Anonymoose

    If I put these Cobra Grips on a Colt Commander I can have a Cobra Commander. 😀

    • Alan

      I have the skeletons on my Govt 1911. They provide a secure grip better than aggressive G-10 grips, especially in wet/humid conditions. Very easy to clean (I’ve removed them and run them under the faucet). Very easy on the hands, gloves certainly are not needed. I would recommend adding a rubber o-ring under the grip screws.

      I could see a problem with magazines if you use the skeletons in muddy or dusty conditions so perhaps opt for the “closed cell” models.

      As to looks, that’s in the eyes of the beholder, but I find that they do not detract from the look of a blued Govt 1911.

  • Edeco

    Decent; corrects the appearance of the B92 somewhat by making the hindquarters look less bloated. Bet it would look breathtaking on a Sig P232.

  • Blake

    you could nickname the cut-all-the-way through models a “dirt port”. & agree that they could likely lead to magazine insertion problems.

  • Kyle

    I like the snake scale pattern, I dig that. I’ll wait for VZ to make something not skeletonized out of G10 though.

  • Cosmoline ‘n’ Coke

    I saw these yesterday at the local pizza shop, right beside a block of mozzarella.

  • santi

    I must say those Berretta grips are really nice. I generally do not like grips like that but I would buy them.

  • santi
    • MeaCulpa

      Nice find, awful awful AWFUL movie

  • Oregon213

    Not sure where, but this definitely falls on the “Chauchat” spectrum.

  • Gregory

    More useless crap that every tacticool stud will want.

  • Mystick

    Let’s have yet another avenue for dirt and fouling in the delicate and picky Beretta linkage.

    • skidmark

      Dander in the magwell.

  • They look cool, but I don’t think they’d be all that comfortable in an IWB rig.

  • USMC03Vet

    Didn’t think it was possible to make a beretta even look worse than it is standard, but he internet strikes again.

  • Class03180S

    This is almost as stupid as the “skeletonized” AR Upper and Lower receivers I’ve seen. They should be called “shit-collecting ports”. How about “skeletonized” Mortar tubes? “Skeletonized” engine blocks? I can’t wait to try out my unit’s new “skeletonized” Bomb Suit.

  • John Stepp

    I can see some utility with a thin layer of clear plastic under them; still would not look as good as walnut.

  • Gus Butts

    Not my cup of Timmies.

  • Michael Lubrecht

    I’ve seen guns that suffered a kaboom where the slide was jammed back, mag blown out, and grips cracked, or even detached from the frame. For awhile, solid metal grips were used to provide a bit more protection for the hand in IPSC competition, particularly for those shooting “major nine.” Imagine how shredded your hand would be if a case ruptured with these grips?

  • Lew Siffer

    Save your money and steal this idea from Ian Fleming; Bond’s homemade “skeletonized grip.” Ruin your firearm for much less.