I've tried several 1911 grips on mine. None feel right except the thin plastic ones, and that leaves the back, and especially the front, somewhat slick. I have used skateboard tape in the past, and while it works, it's a bit tough to find around here and leaves a stick film on the place where it was applied if it's removed.
I came across an old bicycle innertube yesterday while working on my truck. Tonight I grabbed it and began experimenting with it.
This is what I ended up with.
It's very simple: I removed the grip panels and stretched a portion of the cleaned and dried innertube over the handle. After punching screw holes in the tube, I put the grip panels back on and cut it how I wanted it in with my pocket knife. If I had planned this, I would have used a modeling knife.
To me, this feels better than any wrap around grips I've tried. It covers the front and back, except for where the grip safety is.
Even better, it was free. I have plenty more material, and I figure the thing's disposable: If I get the gun wet, I can just strip it off, detail strip the piece, and install an new piece of innertube.
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April 16, 2008, 06:42 PM
I prefer skateboard tape, but I've used innertube as well w/ good results. An old trick is to spray some hairspray on under the innertube before slipping it on. It helps installation, and when it dries, it helps stick it in place.
April 16, 2008, 06:53 PM
I had the same thought when I was looking into grips for one of my guns that had wood grips. Ended up just shooting it as is because I couldn't think how to get the innertube under the grips without messing with the back of the wood to make clearance.
April 16, 2008, 08:04 PM
Well, here's some options.
This is my STI Edge I shoot in uspsa. I took a wood burning set and textured the grips. I love the feel and it was super easy to do. You might try getting a cheap pair of rubber grips and trying it yourself.
Here's a pic of the same wood burning treatment with a different attachment to my son's M&P.
Here's what I practiced and experiemented on...an AR grip I had lying around.
This is what I've done to my KelTec PF9. I didn't want to texture the grip since it is my main carry gun and I thought the textured grip I applied to the STI would get caught up in clothing...its really grippy. The stock grip on the PF9 has large raised squares that can feel quite harsh to the hands when shooting. I took hockey grip tape and wrapped the grip in it...it feels really nice. Grippy but not snaggy, if that makes any sense.
My woodburning set cost me about $13 at Lowes. It was lots of fun, you should give it a try.
The Lone Haranguer
April 16, 2008, 08:19 PM
Who makes that holster?
April 16, 2008, 08:41 PM
Josh, the fricken skateboard tape runs about $3.00 a sheet and you will be able to do a lot pistols with one sheet. lastly, no one skateboards in Wabash? I find that hard to believe. Regards, Richard :)
April 16, 2008, 11:15 PM
I shot uspsa for a lotta rounds. I could never part with my gun for any number of weeks to have the front strap checkered.So I put on a pair(?) of Hogue wraparound finger-groove grips. So when I replaced the gun, the one I bought came with 30lpi checkering. Turns out, the checkering is just too damned sharp for my hands, and I'll be going back to Hogue finger-groove wraparound grips.
Ya never really know what you need/want 'til you have it!
April 16, 2008, 11:20 PM
Its a DeSantis model 028E1 that I modified. I bought it originally for my Taurus PT140 Millennium Pro. and I "upgraded" it. I added the belt clip and removed the straps then added a piece of leather under the grommets so the forward part of the holster rides on the top of the belt. I also removed the rubber washer so I could tighten the retention function so the PF9 would ride tight. It works perfect and is more comfortable than my Tucker Texas Heritage that I paid $100 for! The one clip at the rear of the holster is all thats needed and I can wear a cell phone holster with no problem. It will holster just about any compact auto with just a little adjustment of the retention screw. Here's what it looks like with the straps removed.