The aluminum grips are interchangeable with the wooden grips. The aluminum grips were installed so the T&E could be snapped into the bottom of the grip for rapid redeployment. These are highly sought after backplate assemblies because they were used at Guadalcanal and Tarawa in the early heroic campaigns. You may have a lot to learn about these weapons my friend. Don't just own the gun,know the gun.Does anybody have a 1919a4 backplate that has the aluminum one piece grip on it that could see if the wood/plastic/phenalic grips from a 1917a1 would fit on it instead of the aluminum grips ? I do not like the looks of the one piece aluminum grips but I was thinking if the 1917a1 grips would fit on, it would look more like a earlier/correct 1919a4. I am looking for about 8-10 back plate assy's and don't want to spend a fortune one them.
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