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Toyman
12-22-2009, 12:00
I have a Kimber Ultra Carry II. The front strap is smooth.

Does anyone have any suggestions for taping it or something?

mkmckinley
12-22-2009, 12:52
I taped the front strap on my Custom II with a sticker they sell for making your stairs non-slip. They have it at home improvement stores. It's basically just a coarse sandpaper type surface with a very durable, sticky backing. I heated it up a bit so that it would conform to the curvature of the grip and then trimmed it along the bottom of the frame. It held up well and looked decent until I sold the gun.

Rinspeed
12-22-2009, 13:16
I haven't tried one of these but they look like they would work better than tape.



http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=721408

Quack
12-22-2009, 13:17
go to a skateboard shop. the newer/thinner stuff will work well. they might even just you a scrap piece since you only need a few inches.

you can also try A-grip. i like the feel on my G17

crump582
12-22-2009, 13:22
I bought a HUGE piece of the skateboard tape ($5) for my last 1911... took the grips off, put the tape on, and then put the grips back on. Sold the gun to a friend of my dad's and went to shoot with him the other day and it was still on there... same piece. Has been on there almost 2 years and works perfect.

bigtinva
12-22-2009, 13:42
How about this:
http://www.vzgrips.com/index.php/component/virtuemart/?page=shop.product_details&category_id=14&flypage=flypage_new.tpl&product_id=107

A little expensive though.

crump582
12-22-2009, 14:54
How about this:
http://www.vzgrips.com/index.php/component/virtuemart/?page=shop.product_details&category_id=14&flypage=flypage_new.tpl&product_id=107

A little expensive though.


Looks like a cool idea... more rubberized than the "sandpaper" feel of the skate tape.

M1A Shooter
12-22-2009, 19:28
was also going to mention the same thing Rinspeed linked to. i saw a ss version at my local shop and almost decided to try it out on my milspec. decided to hold off for a bit though.

the tape idea would be cheaper.

faawrenchbndr
12-22-2009, 20:06
Those Wilson Combat inserts are very nice, but they add to the
size of the grip as well. I've used "safety tape" before will great results

sns3guppy
12-22-2009, 23:16
A little expensive though.

Seven bucks is expensive? Buy a thousand dollar handgun, and seven bucks is a little expensive?

If one can't stand a plain front strap, why not invest the little it costs to get it properly checkered?

Brian Brazier
12-23-2009, 00:15
I perfer the feel of the VZ stuff to Skateboard tape

mkmckinley
12-23-2009, 02:57
I've never seen one of those grip inserts look even remotely decent. It's just a stamped piece of metal.

kirgi08
12-23-2009, 03:10
go to a skateboard shop. the newer/thinner stuff will work well. they might even just you a scrap piece since you only need a few inches.

you can also try A-grip. i like the feel on my G17


This.'08.

mikegun
12-23-2009, 05:10
my pro cdp 11 grip comes checkered, but my ultra i use skate tape both work very well when u remove the tape it leaves no marks at all...

L-2
12-23-2009, 06:09
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faawrenchbndr
12-23-2009, 06:55
I've never seen one of those grip inserts look even remotely decent. It's just a stamped piece of metal.

Well of course it can not compare to a $250 front strap treatment.
What do you want for $10?

bigtinva
12-23-2009, 07:00
Seven bucks is expensive? Buy a thousand dollar handgun, and seven bucks is a little expensive?

If one can't stand a plain front strap, why not invest the little it costs to get it properly checkered?
Compared to $5.00 for a large piece of skateboard tape, yes the VZ strips are expensive for what you get.

Toyman
12-23-2009, 07:32
Thanks for the input guys. I wanted to try the tape until I can find a local gunsmith to do checkering. I wasn't sure about the durability/stickyness of it on the aluminum frame.

I'll give it a try.

Jason D
12-23-2009, 17:52
I have played with grip tapes, and never had good luck.
I also don't care for checkering very much, but I do like a stippled front strap.

mkmckinley
12-24-2009, 00:14
that insert thing is only $10 but grip tape is only $5 or less. The real difference though is that the grip tape is actually really grippy, more so than checkering. The stamped aluminum thing is way less grippy than skateboard tape. I toatally agree with you though, $250 is a lot for something that can be matched with $5 work of grip tape.

Bowtie
12-25-2009, 00:06
I tried the grip tape and after some decent use it started to peel up..I barrowed a 20lpi checkering file from a smith friend of mine and after some practice on some 1 in. pipe, I checkered it my self..Turned out great.

Rinspeed
12-25-2009, 07:10
I barrowed a 20lpi checkering file from a smith friend of mine and after some practice on some 1 in. pipe, I checkered it my self..Turned out great.




Where the hell are the pics. :supergrin:

GMAN12
12-25-2009, 07:37
I use the one from Wilson Combat on my Kimber Custom Royale and it works great, it just slips under the grips. The same one that Rinspeed put a link to from Midway.

DLL9mm
12-25-2009, 07:46
I haven't tried one of these but they look like they would work better than tape.



http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=721408


Thanks for the link. I am going to order these on my next Midway order.

hatidua
12-25-2009, 10:19
Most skate shops will GIVE you (free) more than enough to do the frontstrap on a pistol. My local shop gave me a piece about 10x14" as it was too small to do a whole skateboard deck. The stuff works great on my SA MC-Operator.

The Pusherman
12-25-2009, 10:36
How about this:
http://www.vzgrips.com/index.php/component/virtuemart/?page=shop.product_details&category_id=14&flypage=flypage_new.tpl&product_id=107

A little expensive though.

i bought 2 packages of that VZ frontstrap tap, and it wouldn't stick to either of my 1911's. i talked to john vanziky (owner) about it and he refused to return them. maybe you'll have better luck, but i'm not buying any more of it.

Bowtie
12-25-2009, 14:18
Where the hell are the pics. :supergrin:

Will get some up soon..

myanof
12-29-2009, 21:48
Go to any skate board shop and they will give you some scraps. These tiny pieces do them no good. BTW, I really like mine. It was a bit aggressive in the beginning, but it settled down soon after it was installed. With a S&A 20LPI FMSH and the grip tape, I have a very secure hold at a very low price.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2334/3679041944_1c05b6e1ab.jpg

Toyman
01-04-2010, 09:14
Thanks for all the input guys.

I finally got around to getting some skateboard tape. A 32"x9" piece of skateboard tape at Dunhams cost me $6. Had leftovers too. :rofl:

I decided to wrap them around and under the grip, but this stuff is sticky enough I don't think that is really necessary.

This stuff is grippy!

Kimber Ultra Carry II, Ultra Slim w/ ultra thin Cocobolo grips from woodgrips.com
http://www.fishous.com/boards/P1042849sm.png

The Pusherman
01-04-2010, 09:19
Thanks for all the input guys.

I finally got around to getting some skateboard tape. A 32"x9" piece of skateboard tape at Dunhams cost me $6. Had leftovers too. :rofl:

I decided to wrap them around and under the grip, but this stuff is sticky enough I don't think that is really necessary.

This stuff is grippy!

Kimber Ultra Carry II, Ultra Slim w/ ultra thin Cocobolo grips from woodgrips.com
http://www.fishous.com/boards/P1042849sm.png



i feel i should mention, the "grit" on the the skateboard tape has been known to come off and scratch up the finish on your gun. this is why i would never use it.

i heard the 3M "skateboard" tape is not so bad in this regard.

i just wanted to mention because that's a nice gun, i know i wouldn't want to risk scratching the finish :)

Toyman
01-04-2010, 09:27
i feel i should mention, the "grit" on the the skateboard tape has been known to come off and scratch up the finish on your gun. this is why i would never use it.

i heard the 3M "skateboard" tape is not so bad in this regard.

i just wanted to mention because that's a nice gun, i know i wouldn't want to risk scratching the finish :)

Bah. I'm one of the "it's just a tool" kind of guys. I don't cry if it gets a scratch. :whistling: :cool:

Scratches provide for better grip. LOL

okie
01-04-2010, 09:44
Bah. I'm one of the "it's just a tool" kind of guys. I don't cry if it gets a scratch. :whistling: :cool:

Scratches provide for better grip. LOL

Here, here:cheers::supergrin:

cdunn
01-04-2010, 19:48
I haven't tried one of these but they look like they would work better than tape.



http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=721408

it works great on my colt
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/ad24/ca_dunn/DSCN9107-1.jpg