I have a custom 1911 by Charlie Kelsey with 20 LPI checkering on the front strap, and I love it. The skate board tape on my Para P-16s works just as well.I'll have to disagree about the strap tape working as well as a Smith's work. A quality custom checkering, stippling, or my favorite Golfballing, will always stand above tape. But I will stand by my previous post that skateboard tape will give you a great grip for pennies. It's just not something I want on a pistol I have pride in!
I have been using the stuff for years and never had a problem removing it. The adhesive doesn't have too tough a job as long as you clamp the tape in place with the grip panels.My grip tape has been on the front strap of my pistol for about a year. I just degreased and stuck it on using it's own adhesive. I've never seen a skateboard lossing it's tape from coming unstuck, and they get pretty abused. Also the tape has lost some of it's grip, so it's time to change it out. We'll see how well the tapes adhesive releases.
I installed it on my Colt Combat Elite. Here is a pic...Hey guys I was wondering if Wilson's wrap around front strap checkering is good, I have been thinking about getting the front strap checkered for some time but i don't have the $200 to send it in. also the part is only $10..
That looks great...I've just installed one on my Gold Cup Trophy. Works well and doesn't look too bad either. Obviously not a perfect match, but then who's looking if you're using the gun for it's intended purpose...Shooting...Will post picture soon.I installed it on my Colt Combat Elite. Here is a pic...
I two questions about this: Do they make the tape in a color that looks ok on a stainless pistol? I was a bit of a skater back in the late 80's, and don't remember ever seeing it in any color but black. (dating myself here). Does everyone tuck it under the grips?The installation process for me was to remove the stocks and rough fit a piece of the skate tape so it will be under the stocks when complete. Then, with the frame in a padded vise, apply the tape and try to stretch it tightly around the front strap. Keep working it to get it as tight as possible to remove any wrinkles. Trim the excess with an exacto knife(razor) and reinstall the stocks.
To the best of my knowledge skateboard tape only comes in ugly black; this is not a cosmetic upgrade! I tuck my front strap tape under the grip panels to insure that it won't move. I can't imagine any other way to install this tape.I two questions about this: Do they make the tape in a color that looks ok on a stainless pistol? I was a bit of a skater back in the late 80's, and don't remember ever seeing it in any color but black. (dating myself here). Does everyone tuck it under the grips?