Finally, some progress in the real world. Here's how I made a grip sleeve out of a bicycle inner tube.
Step 1: I picked up a "standard" inner tube from WalMart. I got the largest one, because you can make more grip sleeves. It costs the same price as the small ones, and they are all the same diameter.
Step 2: Determine how much of a grip sleeve you can get on your pistol. I wanted to cover as much of the grip as possible with clean cuts.
Step 3: Cut the inner tube. I cut the piece I used a little undersized, because I knew the rubber would stretch. The top is angled, and the bottom cut is relatively flap. It will probably take you a little trial and error, but I was able to get what I liked after two tries.
|Raw material with a mistake (straight cut top and bottom)|
Step 4: Fitting the grip sleeve. This is the most tedious part. It takes some pushing and pulling to get the grip sleeve in place. And you want to do both, because I have a feeling that just pulling will eventually tear the inner tube.
Is this effective? The gun no longer twists and slips in my hand. This is an amazing simple fix for a problem that made the gun less than reasonably effective for my needs.
Was this a modification? No. I placed an accessory. But a grip sleeve negates the need of an actual grip reduction or stippling to a certain extent.
Will I make any real modifications next, or continue with accessorizing? I'm not sure. Time for some more reevaluation - and range time.
|Final grip sleeve with angle cut on top and straight cut on bottom.|
Not pretty, but makes this gun - for me - 100% more controllable.
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