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Front Strap Tape?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Toyman, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Toyman

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    I have a Kimber Ultra Carry II. The front strap is smooth.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for taping it or something?
     
  2. mkmckinley

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    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.
     


  3. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

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  4. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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    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
     
  5. crump582

    crump582 Rookie

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    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.
     
  6. crump582

    crump582 Rookie

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  7. 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.
     
  8. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    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
     
  9. sns3guppy

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    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?
     
  10. Brian Brazier

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    I perfer the feel of the VZ stuff to Skateboard tape
     
  11. mkmckinley

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    I've never seen one of those grip inserts look even remotely decent. It's just a stamped piece of metal.
     
  12. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

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    This.'08.
     
  13. mikegun

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    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...
     
  14. L-2

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  15. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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

    bigtinva Megalomaniac

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    Compared to $5.00 for a large piece of skateboard tape, yes the VZ strips are expensive for what you get.
     
  17. Toyman

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    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.
     
  18. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

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    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.
     
  19. mkmckinley

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    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.