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How many of you have grip sleeves

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Potatohead, Jul 18, 2013.

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  1. Potatohead

    Potatohead Member

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    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?
     
  2. History.Doc

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    I have one on my lcp; it makes a huge difference.
     
  3. Potatohead

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    Great, thanks. They are just for enhancing your grip i guess? Well, better grip probably equals better accuracy in a roundabout way.
     
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    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.

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    I'm wondering if one would make a difference on my Taurus 709 Slim.
     
  6. Potatohead

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    Thx hb, good idea. how do you secure the tube to the grip?
     
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    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.
     
  8. Potatohead

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    Thx for replies. Do you buy them by the size or by your gun model or what? I have an sr9
     
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    inner tube on my 3 kahrs wifes two cc's and gave some tube to others to do theres with.
     
  11. Potatohead

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    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??
     
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    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.
     
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    I have a hogue jr on my 709. HUGE difference.
     
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    I have one on my Kel-tec P11 and my Glock 21. Like them both. Also have many others with no sleeve for comparison.
     
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    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.
     
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    I've tried grip sleeves on a few guns, but removed them after a short while.
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  18. Potatohead

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    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.
     
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    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.
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    Not for everone and thats ok.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Pachymayr on G19

    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    I got one for my Sigma and I love it.
     
  25. Potatohead

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    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.
     
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