If you have purchased a new pistol lately, you have noticed you can spend a lot of money on very fancy, high-speed grips, some of which will add over a hundred dollars to the total cost of your weapon. Let’s take a look at one of the most popular after-market grips and discuss some options.
The fancy new grips come in two models, slip-on type and replacement panels, both of which have pros and cons. The slip-on type are usually a molded synthetic rubber that is sticky to the touch but can become slippery when moist or wet and can add thickness to an already thick grip area. Replacement panels can be pricey but may or may not add girth to the grip of the weapon. They do not however, address any problems or shortfalls in the front or back strap of the weapon.
Anytime you can increase your purchase (the degree to which your hands contact the grip surface) on your weapon, you will be able to control the muzzle more effectively, which will increase your follow-up shot speed and accuracy.
While attending a shooting course taught by the world renown Jerry Barnhart (http://jerrybarnhart.com/) in the early nineties I noticed he had some very abrasive ‘Skateboard tape’ all over his personal weapons. When I asked him about it, he told me it was the “cheapest most effective way to increase overall muzzle control.” I learned a lot from Jerry back in those days. I have continued to apply those lessons throughout my career and subsequently doing contract work overseas.
I have Skateboard tape just about everywhere my hands come in contact with my pistols, carbines, and shotguns. My personal Sig P-226 has the stuff all over the grip panels and even a small piece on the slide. It’s ugly, but those guns don’t move in my hands and that helps me in all facets of my shooting. More importantly, it cost very little in comparison to a new set of grips. If you are interested, try skateboard tape before you invest in more expensive grip upgrades.
Shoot straight and keep your powder dry.
~ Chris White
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