Stipple or stick on?

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  1. McDirkale

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    I have a Gen 3 Glock 26 that I would like a little more grip from.

    Which is a better solution? Stipple it or stick it with the available rubber or sandpaper grips wraps?

    What have you done? Pics would be awesome.
     
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    I have it both ways. Stick on is better for resale, and it isn’t permanent.

    I find it harder to clean the Stippled holes.


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    Good point. I just saw the pics of the G17 that was for sale on here and that has to be one of the best stipple jobs I have ever seen.
     
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    I’ve tried the sandpaper and rubber talon grips. I’ve also had my Glock 19 and xdsc professionally stippled by my ‘Smith. Sandpaper seems to lose traction faster than either other option and is less comfortable on my hairy belly and little girl hands. Rubber is better than factory but stipples are my preference.


    G43-rubber talons xdsc and g19 stippled by ACGW
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    I use the Hogue wrap grips around on my M&P's.
     
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    I’ve shot a couple friends’ guns with those. In most instances they make the grip a little too large for my little girl hands. You may notice the grip reduction in the photo of the g19.

    I got small hands. But I’m told it’s not size that matters. And dammit I’m believing her!


    Best case I’ve seen for either is put some baby oil on your hands and run 3-5 rapid shots. See how much you need to readjust your grip afterwards. I bet It’ll make you want some stipples. Also go for aggressive stippling if you are gonna pay for it. The laser etched designs look cool. But I want the gun to stay put in my hand, not look cool in the holster.
     
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    I agree, I have an FN FNS-40L police trade and like the 'porcupine' texture of the factory frame.
     
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    It’s a Glock... are you that concerned with resale? Stipple it, or at least do skateboard tape, the rubberized grips are garbage.
     
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    Actually, my favorite grip enhancer for conceal carry, is brooks Tactical A-Grip. It is a sir felt type material, but provides the best traction ever. The wetter your hands get, the better this stuff grips, its honestly amazing.
     
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    Are you planning to carry this gun? Sandpaper grips will eat your side raw. They can shred clothes too. I always go rubber grip tape on plastic guns, but my carry gun has textured ribs of G10. That's probably the equivalent of a stipple job. With G10 if it's too sharp you just sand it down a bit. I'd guess you could smooth stipple spots the same way.
     
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    My carry piece always made my hand feel slippery. At the range, I frequently found myself wiping my hand on my pants but it wasn’t damp. I went with “sandpaper” skateboard tape and fabricated my own. I have to wear an undershirt but the gun feels attached to my hand.
     
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    Almost every polymer gun I own has Talon Grip (rubber) on them. I really like it for concealed carry and for shooting at the range... That's my vote.
     
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    I agree... Most of my guns have rubber grip tape. Short range sessions are fine... But long range sessions makes my hands feel slippery.

    A real life self defense shooting will be quick, so I'm not worried about the wet hands feeling.
     
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    I was more concerned about feeling like I had a secure grip on the gun. The slippery feeling always made me feel like I didn’t have adequate control.
     
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    At the range, I don't get the slippery feeling until the 40 or 50th shot... In a real SD scenario, I only expect to shoot 5 to 15 shots, so I'm not worried about the slippery hands feeling... I hope to never find out... But, you know...
     
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    They do sound like the right combination.
    Wish you were closer :p
    Does anyone in the Apex/Sanford area have theses?
     
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    M&P 2.0 Doesn't need grip work.

    If I carried a Glock I'd probably leave it alone, maybe stipple it. The G17 I shoot most has Silicone Carbide, fantastic for pure grippiness, would probably be a bit hard on my skin IWB.
     
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    If this is purely a back up gun, I would try the stick on stuff first. I have had the sandpaper and rubber Talon's, liked them both, but I prefer the roughness of the sandpaper style.
    Talon's are cheap enough to try them, and if you don't like, pull them off and try a different one.
     
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    Rubber Hogue grip wrap all the way. :D
     
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    I prefer the rubberized Talon grips for me. Easier to change your mind later. 20200511_082218.jpg
     
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    I like the nice "professional" stipple jobs, but have never had one done because I am a baby when it comes to permanent changes to firearms like that. That, and I have seen soooooo many horrible examples I just dont trust it.

    Simplest method I have seen was just to cut a bike innertube into a small strip and pull it over the grip. Doesnt "look" as nice, but lasts well. And if you ever need to replace it, you have a bunch more innertube to cut. That, and from what I have found, it doesnt take the entire grip to be enhanced to make the difference. Just an inch or so of rubber and its GTG.
     
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    Great idea to see if I actually like it.
     
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    I’ve never run anything but bike tube grips on my Glocks. I cut a couple strips and run them across the finger grooves of my Gen 3s.
     
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    Use stick on!!
    Can't speak for others but stippling would stop me from buying a pistol regardless if it was professionally done or it you use a soldering iron .
    In my opinion it reduces the value and ruins the looks of the gun. If you can't get a grip on a gun don't buy it.Find one that fits your hands. I would never buy any firearms that was stippled by anyone
     
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    The problem is the sticky things glue fails with many solvents, and if it has grit that grit can get in your holster and wear your finish like your holster was sand paper.
    Stippling is a much better functional repair.
    Also things like undercutting the trigger guard, and doing mag well cuts are a nice improvement.

    If done correctly it can enhance the retail value.
    The problem is most people bubu it, however it can be done well.
    Even the Zev factory stippling looks like hot garbage.

    This was my first attempt at stippling.
    I had to do 10 or so before I started getting good at it, but I didn't think it was bad for a first attempt.
    I have since done a pile of guns.
     

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    Patterns can be whatever texture or layout you like.
    Most are simple, while others are decorative.
    Wish I had better pictures but here are a few I did.

    The Sig is more the "Zev" Pattern.
    I don't like it but get requests for is so oh well.
    I also dislike the coral pattern, but if that's what someone wants I will do it.
     

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