SW MP9 Grip Tape Suggestion


May 10, 2012, 09:46 PM
Iím relatively new to the pistol shooting world and I had some trouble getting a proper grip on my SW MP 9 so I tried putting some skateboard grip tape on the left and right hand side of the grip and a piece underneath the trigger guard. This really helped me get a proper grip on the gun and made it feel more secure in my hand. After adding the tape I went to the range and refined the placement of the tape and Iím currently using the grip tape placement below.

I used Black Magic skateboard grip tape (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GAQVYS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=gothasurvi02-20). Her are some pics.






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May 10, 2012, 09:52 PM
First off nice m&p. I have a few and LOVE THEM. And i really love the vtac u got. Second off that is the same tape I use to use on my skateboard and its good stuff. Look around I think speed shooting store or maybe botach has some shark skin grips that rock.

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Steve C
May 10, 2012, 10:13 PM
It a nice looking application of the tape.

I don't quite understand the placement and how it helps with your grip. In general the locations above the mag release and on the bottom of the trigger guard are all places that should have no contact with the shooters hand(s). Generally if you need a better hold on the handgun you would apply it to the front and rear of the grip, the areas that the manufacturer has already roughed up the grip for you.

May 10, 2012, 10:49 PM
Mattmann thank you for the suggestion. Steve C I had an issue with my left hand's thumb and left hand's index finger moving after I fired the pistol. The application of the grip tape below the trigger guard and just behind the take down lever allowed me to keep my left hand's index finger and thumb from moving while I fired the gun.

I think my hands are too small for double stack pistols and I have issues firing them without my hands moving slightly. I don't seem to have the same issue when firing 1911's and other single stack pistols like the Sig 239's.

I don't know if this is common for other people but I wanted to share this with others who might have the same problem.

May 11, 2012, 03:58 AM
I understand the tape on the left side of the gun and under the trigger guard, But I'm having a hard time figuring out it's purpose on the right side.

Isn't that area normally under the trigger finger. Your trigger finger shouldn't be in contact with the grip frame, forward of the first knuckle (closest to the palm), at all. It should be flared out and the tip curved back in to contact the trigger face

May 12, 2012, 04:08 AM
Have you tried the smallest grip size as well.
Since you have a pattern all over the map I suspect you are indeed having issues holding on to the gun. You really shouldn't have that wide a pattern.
Have you tried bugging one of the range guys to watch you or gotten the local instructor to work with you for a session? If not I would start there.
My wife who has very small hands has no problems with either the M&P22 or the M&P9 she uses.

Which stance are you using because that could be part of it as well. Have you tried changing to a different stance to get a better grip on the gun? so that your support hand is providing more grip strength?

Once again get a professional to watch you fire a couple of rounds and make sure there is not something wrong in stance, grip, posture, or how you are squeezing the trigger.

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