For this week’s episode of Gunfighter tip of the week, we are going to cover a dinosaur-tech grip enhancement!
Stipple jobs and skateboard tape are hard to beat for a duty gun, but they do have some drawbacks in the CCW role. Not only are they hard on equipment, they can be hard on you.
I have seen grip tape wear a hole in nylon plate carriers over the course of a tour, so you can certainly bet they’ll be hell with your wardrobe.
In addition to that, they have a tendency to grab clothing making your weapon print like a flashing neon sign. What’s a budding ninja to do?
In my opinion, the second best choice for a grip is rubber. While it’s not as grippy as the alternatives, it’s nowhere near as likely to hold your clothing in a weird bunch. There are off-the-shelf solutions if you are keen to part with $20, but I have found a cheaper solution that works great.
One option is a section of bicycle inner tube, which yields you about 30 grips per $3. It takes a little bit of labor to get on the gun, and I strongly recommend you take the slide off before you start. You’re going to have to wrestle the frame, and I feel a lot more comfortable doing that with zero chance of a mishap.
Option two is easier yet and offers a little bit of texture to go with the rubber. I am not sure who the first was, but this was a fairly common technique in the ’70s and ’80s. Simply grab a fistful of rubber bands and start applying them to the grip. Stop when you have achieved the desired girth. Easy day!
With both styles, make sure you don’t cover up the magazine release or interfere with the magazine well. A little TLC with a razor knife will correct a magnitude of errors. Give it a shot, I think you will like the result. The best part? If you don’t like it, it’s easy like Sunday morning to return your gun to factory.