Quick Tip to Improve Grip Texture

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One of the best things about revolvers is the ability to use a wide variety of grips for different shapes and textures. Unfortunately, aftermarket support may be limited depending on your gun of choice. Maybe you've found the perfect shape and size stocks for you, but they're like grasping a wet bar of soap. Those using autoloaders often suffer from the same issues, especially on pistols with slick front and rear straps. Luckily we have a widely available, inexpensive, and non-permanent solution to improve grip texture.

What is this magical solution you ask? Simple, hockey tape.

The Benefits of Hockey Tape

Hockey tape is designed to improve control over your stick or the puck, and works similarly on your revolver and pistol grips. It is moisture resistant and fairly durable, designed with hard use sports in mind. On the rink it is regularly coming into contact with sweat, moisture from the ice, and more. Providing additional texture to secure the gun in your hand, hockey tape is gentle enough to avoid abrading bare skin or tearing apart clothing when concealed.

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This roll of tape set me back less than a cheeseburger, and will last a lot longer

Available at any sporting goods store or Wal-Mart, hockey tape will run you somewhere between $2-5 for a simple roll. Black or white coloration is standard, but for you eccentric types, some manufacturers offer a variety of colors and patterns to express your inner peacock. Using simple adhesives, hockey tape is easily added or removed, allowing users to customize the placement, providing grip where needed, and none where it isn't. With this in mind, you may need to occasionally replace the tape on your gun, only taking a matter of minutes to get your favorite gat back in action.

Wrapping Up Hockey Tape to Improve Grip Texture

I am certainly not the first person to stick hockey tape on a handgun. Shooters leveraging the athletic world is something that happens day to day, whether that be in terms of equipment, training practices, or otherwise. This may not solve all of your grip problems, but it's definitely a good place to start. Hockey tape is easy on the budget, provides some serious benefits, and is a non-permanent alteration to your pistol or revolver. I've noticed a big improvement in my control since throwing it on some of my guns, and it's slowing creeping its way onto other pistols in my gun safe.

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Daniel holds instructor certifications from Rangemaster, Agile Training & Consulting, and the NRA. He has received training from Craig Douglas, Tom Givens, and Steve Fisher among others. He also has experience competing in USPSA, CAS, 3 Gun, and Steel Challenge. In his free time Daniel enjoys petting puppies and reading the Constitution. His work is also published by AmmoLand, Recoil Concealment, and Air Force Times. Daniel has also written and edited for The Kommando Blog.

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