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Grip Plug Slippage - How To Prevent?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Jager1, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. Jager1

    Jager1 UtilitarianSect Lifetime Member

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    What do you folks use/administer to your grip plugs to prevent them from slipping/falling out?

    I am looking for something that will retain the grip plug in place during firing/typical use yet if required, will permit removal of the grip plug without damaging it or the pistol.

    Thanks.
     
  2. ncnative

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    I solved my slippage by stippling the male sleeve that inserts into the grip cavity. Not complete coverage, just random. Tightened things up very nicely on my G30 plug which does not have the raised button to fit into the lanyard hole. If you stipple correctly, the plastic will raise slightly and provide a gripier surface inside the grip tunnel.
     


  3. Jager1

    Jager1 UtilitarianSect Lifetime Member

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    That's an idea. Adding a bit of texture to the actual insert. Not bad.
     
  4. Orion's Belt

    Orion's Belt Boost Addict

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    I'm having the opposite problem; I want to take mine out to clean inside the backstrap, but can't seem to get it out. It doesn't even come loose while shooting.
     
  5. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

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    I don't own a grip plug, so I never had that problem. Does it serve some purpose?
     
  6. Brian Lee

    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

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    Up a tree.
    The answer is to get a different (and better) plug. Mine has a small bump of plastic on the back of it that protrudes through the hole in the back of the Glock grip. It latches the plug in place and makes it impossible for it to simply "slip" out. You'd have to use the armorers tool to push in on the bump to disengage it from the hole in the gun.
     
  7. RickyD

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    The plugs for subcompact do not have the retention stud and it is recommended by some manufacturers to use silicone glue.
     
  8. Jager1

    Jager1 UtilitarianSect Lifetime Member

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    Rick,

    This is absolutely correct. The problem I am experiencing is with the G26. Not a problem with the G30.

    I contemplated using Loc-Tite, silicone, teflon tape...something that would allow future removal should it become necessary.

    Bren,

    I use Pearce +0 round magazine baseplates/extensions because the factory grip length has my 'pinky' finger floating in midair without them.

    The magazine extension creates a gap between the new magazine extension and the grip, which can sometimes cause pinching of the hand.

    The extended grip plug negates the created gap by preventing the hand from getting into it to be pinched.

    Some people like the grip plugs, some don't. They certainly aren't required. In fact, I can shoot both models without magazine extension or grip plugs just fine. It just feels more comfortable with them installed.
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2010
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  9. RickyD

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    The "slug plug" also serves as a guide to help insert a mag. My father also uses the extended slug plug on the sub-compacts to give more "grip" to the gun.
     
  10. Diesel_Bomber

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    Black silicone gasket maker/sealer from any auto parts store will work well. Holds fine, but still soft enough that the plug can be removed if needed.

    I grip plugged my Glock because the grip kept filling up with dust, lint, and other debris. It's real bad when using a chainsaw, seems like my pockets and everything else get filled with chips. When I get caught outside in the rain while OC'ing, all that junk would get washed into the workings of the gun. Grip plug solved all that.