How many of you have grip sleeves


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Potatohead
July 18, 2013, 01:12 PM
How many of you guys and gals out there have grip sleeves or other after market doo dads on your pistols' grip? These just serve to enhance ones grip? Have you found your accuracy to be any better with these added?

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History.Doc
July 18, 2013, 01:22 PM
I have one on my lcp; it makes a huge difference.

Potatohead
July 18, 2013, 01:29 PM
Great, thanks. They are just for enhancing your grip i guess? Well, better grip probably equals better accuracy in a roundabout way.

HB
July 18, 2013, 02:41 PM
I just cut a section out of an old bike inner tube for my glock 17. I makes the grip slightly wider but overall makes the gun much easier to hang onto and seems to improve the feel. It now feels weird to shoot a glock without the inner tube which may or may not be a good thing.

HB

Arkansas Paul
July 18, 2013, 02:52 PM
I'm wondering if one would make a difference on my Taurus 709 Slim.

Potatohead
July 18, 2013, 04:22 PM
Thx hb, good idea. how do you secure the tube to the grip?

BinRat
July 18, 2013, 05:11 PM
I have one made by Hogue on my Glock 23 and I find it fits my hand much better. It has finger grooves and that usually works better for my hand. In fact, I like it so much, when the first one began to wear at the bottom of the grip, I replaced it with another one. If I recall correctly, the last one I bought cost somewhere around $9, but that was about a decade ago.

Potatohead
July 18, 2013, 05:15 PM
Thx for replies. Do you buy them by the size or by your gun model or what? I have an sr9

Furncliff
July 18, 2013, 06:26 PM
Here's a customizable gs from Hogue...

http://reviews.cabelas.com/8815/221859/hogue-handall-pistol-grip-reviews/reviews.htm?sort=rating

These grips go on very tight. If you get it on. it will stay put.

I had one on my CZ82, but took it off recently in favor of wood grips. I found that the finger grooves were too small for my fingers. They also make the grip feel bigger, if you have small hands this may be an issue. In any case they aren't expensive.

hardluk1
July 18, 2013, 07:13 PM
inner tube on my 3 kahrs wifes two cc's and gave some tube to others to do theres with.

Potatohead
July 18, 2013, 07:35 PM
Thanks for the link above.

So how do you adhere the inner tube to the grip? Or maybe im thinking the wrong way and you slide the grip into one of the open ends of the tube??

orionengnr
July 18, 2013, 07:42 PM
You find a size of inner tube that is smaller than the grip, then you work to stretch a piece of it over the grip. Bicycle tubes come in a variety of sizes (diameters).

Or, you buy one of the Hogue deals which are gun-specific.

I had one of the Hogue deals on my G-23 many years ago. Didn't really like it, so I 86'ed it.

I've tried the inner tube trick on a Kel-Tec and a Kahr. Again, I noticed no benefit, but made the gun look cheaper (and in the case of the Kel-Tec, that was quite a feat).

I have seen the thin skateboard tape grip add-ons, and while they feel good, especially for the smaller guns, I think they make catching in the pocket more of a factor...and I have my concerns about cleaning chemicals "melting" the adhesive, so I have not actually long-term tested them.

thefish
July 18, 2013, 08:11 PM
I'm wondering if one would make a difference on my Taurus 709 Slim.
I have a hogue jr on my 709. HUGE difference.

Liberty1776
July 18, 2013, 10:52 PM
I have one on my Kel-tec P11 and my Glock 21. Like them both. Also have many others with no sleeve for comparison.

lhartman89
July 18, 2013, 11:16 PM
I bought traction grips for my Glock 19 and my LC9. I like them as they seem to give me a little better grip.

http://www.tractiongrips.com/catalog/i40.html

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-9BaVQCtvBf8/Ueiu81dTLCI/AAAAAAAAA54/ncnuhTa4lB4/w558-h385-no/IMAG1100-1.jpg
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-I-51XACZ938/Ueiu7tcrrCI/AAAAAAAAA5w/hJfo1T9C8Cg/w559-h385-no/IMAG1109-1.jpg
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-koi5xFyYi78/UeivKn5J_JI/AAAAAAAAA6A/Rn6PF5OesEo/w606-h385-no/IMAG0836-1.jpg
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-NgbG3laibPA/UeivNLfMS3I/AAAAAAAAA6I/2lm-bYFmPms/w568-h385-no/IMAG0833-1.jpg
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-lbrWhiiwrdg/Ueiva0UG_7I/AAAAAAAAA6Q/YEulEykdEyA/w540-h385-no/IMAG0829.jpg
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ra68Z8KxYJ8/Ueivci84oII/AAAAAAAAA6Y/ln0L7-HKSXo/w540-h385-no/IMAG0832.jpg

cfullgraf
July 18, 2013, 11:41 PM
How many of you guys and gals out there have grip sleeves or other after market doo dads on your pistols' grip? These just serve to enhance ones grip? Have you found your accuracy to be any better with these added?

I have never tried a grip sleeve so i cannot make an educated comment.

I do buy neoprene grips for many of my handguns. Pachmayr is my favorite brand but I got a Hogue set for my Sig P238 and it made a world of difference with the P238 (interestingly, my Colt Mustang still has the original plastic grip panels).

I have Pachmayrs on S&W revolvers, M1911s, T/C Contenders, Browning Hipower and Beretta M96 and M84. I even made custom made a neoprene grip for a Springfield P9C subcompact that I had for a while.

But, my S&W M&P semi-auto handguns still have the factory grip panels. They are fine for me for some reason.

pockets
July 19, 2013, 07:12 AM
I've tried grip sleeves on a few guns, but removed them after a short while.
.

Potatohead
July 19, 2013, 07:39 AM
Thats a funny comment about the kel tec(i think it was kel tec) Orion, and good info everyone. Nice pics. I have the large backstrap in my sr9 now, and have small to med hands, so i wonder if I need to go to the smaller one since the Hogue will make it thicker..? I know I could try each scenario but some of the reviews from the link above say they're not very conducive to removal once they're on.

hardluk1
July 19, 2013, 09:15 AM
How a handgun looks?? Really. I did not buy any firearm I have for being prudy or cool looking only that it serve the needs I am looking for. So if its ugly ,big deal! There tools !

potatoehead I use a 1.75" tube. Old tubes are free at bike shops. It can take some effort to pull one on. Thickness is not much when streatched to fit most pistols. They can also be cut for many pistol to get more coverage then other factory made slip-ons.
http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l444/hardluk1/th_100_0225.jpg (http://s331.photobucket.com/user/hardluk1/media/100_0225.jpg.html)

Not for everone and thats ok.

ATLDave
July 19, 2013, 09:34 AM
No "glock socks" for me, but I do use skateboard/grip tape. Spend a couple of dollars for a sheet at a skate shop and you'll have enough to do many, many guns. I just add the tape anywhere my hands touch the gun where there is not already a grippy texture. Don't like it? Peel it off, and throw away $.05 worth of material.

hariph creek
July 19, 2013, 09:34 AM
I have no use for them. My guns with very slim/small grips (and overall), are that way for a reason. That's why I got them.
If I needed a thicker grip? I'd go to a higher capacity, non-single stack, gun.
I can understand the need for those traction wrap things. Never needed those, though.

socalbeachbum
July 19, 2013, 11:03 AM
the finger bumps on my Glock 19 fall in the wrong place for my hand so I slipped on the Pachymayr sleeve which has cutouts where each bump protrudes, makes the G19 feel perfect for me. I like the stickiness of the Santoprene material too.

JJE
July 19, 2013, 12:27 PM
I have a sleeve (think it's a Hogue) over the stock plastic grips on my PPK/S. The sleeve adds just enough that I can form a proper 2-hand grip. Without the sleeve, I can't get the base of my left hand down in contact with the left grip panel. That's the only reason I'd use a sleeve.

Deltaboy
July 19, 2013, 01:15 PM
I got one for my Sigma and I love it.

Potatohead
July 19, 2013, 06:48 PM
How a handgun looks?? Really. I did not buy any firearm I have for being prudy or cool looking only that it serve the needs I am looking for. So if its ugly ,big deal! There tools !

potatoehead I use a 1.75" tube. Old tubes are free at bike shops. It can take some effort to pull one on. Thickness is not much when streatched to fit most pistols. They can also be cut for many pistol to get more coverage then other factory made slip-ons.
http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l444/hardluk1/th_100_0225.jpg (http://s331.photobucket.com/user/hardluk1/media/100_0225.jpg.html)

Not for everone and thats ok.
awesome thanks..ok everyone (thanks for your help by the way), I bought a Packmayr which fits pretty good so far, we'll see how it works in real time next time out at the range. These thing are boogers to put on. I bought at an LGS on the way out of our vacation spot (Orange Beach Alabama) and it took me darn near the whole ride home-360 mi- to slide it over the grip. Hope it works out because I've got no way to return it now...I ended up having to switch to the smaller backstrap, after trying it on it on the thicker one first, I think I like it...anywho, thanks for your help we'll see how it goes.

Potatohead
July 19, 2013, 07:32 PM
made a world of difference with the P238


I've got a P238...might try one on that one too, didn't even think about one on that gun for some reason.

Potatohead
July 19, 2013, 07:35 PM
JJE,
How do you like that Walther by the way? I'm very interested in a PPQm2 if I can ever find one.

usp9
July 20, 2013, 08:10 AM
I've used both the Hogue and Pachmayr finger bump sleeves on several guns. I especially like them on the polymer Kahrs as that grip is a bit small. I just like the firmer grip and comfort they offer. I see no change in accuracy.

340PD
July 20, 2013, 08:23 AM
I just took off a Hogue and am in the process of trying Traction grips on my PM9. They were very fairly priced and fit perfectly. The factory Kahr is just a bit smooth for my tastes. Many use Talon grips, but Traction grips are pretty much the same thing at half the price. I know they are working on something new for the Kahr P380. If you have one, you may want to contact them.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t320/gnystrom_photos/PM9Traction_zpsd8083e3b.jpg

Tomac
July 21, 2013, 06:31 AM
Wife's Kahr P380 has a Hogue Handall Jr on it, the rubber softens the aggressive checkering and the palm swell helps her accuracy.
Tomac

wow6599
July 21, 2013, 09:23 AM
I listened to Hickock45 and went with Talon grips on my PM9 and LCP. I like them better than Traction Grips, Hogue, etc..

AFDavis11
July 21, 2013, 10:21 AM
I put a speigal grip sleeve on my 938 primarily to make the gun more comfortable against my skin. In lessens the rubbing irritation.

481
July 21, 2013, 09:00 PM
The only gun I use a slip-on grip is my Ruger P95- the polymer is very slick on my hands even when dry. The finger-grooves on the Gen 3 Glocks pretty much made such measures unnecessary for me.

Dframe
July 21, 2013, 09:12 PM
I put one on a glock to try and overcome it's inherently bad grip and horrible finger grooves. Helped a little!

larryh1108
July 23, 2013, 07:56 PM
I use them on the smaller pistols. They do enhance the grip and also help absorb some recoil. I have them on my LCP, Solo, and PM9... basically any 2 finger grip gun. I am considering putting them on my .44Mag revolver to help absorb some recoil and torque.

The trick to putting them on is to boil a small pot of water. Turn off the heat source and with a set of tongs, dip the grip sleeve into the water for 30 seconds to heat it up and loosen it up. Try not to touch the metal pot. Once you remove it you have about 30 seconds to get it up and over your grip or you have to do the process over again. Once it's on and it cools (about 2 minutes) it stays secure and conforms to your gun grip.

beatledog7
July 23, 2013, 10:20 PM
Auditioning a section of a bicycle inner tube on my TCP. Feels good, but havent been to the range yet.

CH47gunner
July 24, 2013, 04:11 AM
I like this one a lot - I believe it's a Hogue slip-on.
Fills the hand, finger-grooves, & doesn't slide around.

IMI Baby Eagle, in 9mm.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/ch47gunner/xms071stgunpics052.jpg (http://s48.photobucket.com/user/ch47gunner/media/xms071stgunpics052.jpg.html)
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/ch47gunner/xms071stgunpics053-1.jpg (http://s48.photobucket.com/user/ch47gunner/media/xms071stgunpics053-1.jpg.html)

HorseSoldier
July 25, 2013, 01:18 AM
I use one on my Glock 20 -- I broke my thumb on my firing hand when I was 16, and it set imperfectly. The G20s and 21s (even the 20SF I have now) is chunky enough in the grip that on recoil it digs right where the bone isn't quite right with significant discomfort. The grip sleeve takes that discomfort down to about zero.

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