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In the last few years I've read numerous articles about how to improve the gripping surface of a firearm.Checkering and stippling are both great options, however I recently applied some good old fashioned skateboard tape to a few strategic places and boy does it make one hell of difference.
Does anyone have a opinion on this????
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A very common solution to the the lack of checkering. Works for lots. I prefer Hogue wrap around rubber finger grooves, so I have no need for checkering or tape.
 

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I have heard about the skateboard tape for a long time but never really have a chance to mess with it.

Several years ago when I decided to have my Browning HP checkered on the front strap, my local gunsmith did not want to work on it since the front strap is very thin. So I asked him to come up with a solution.

He did try Wilson's checker plate, dragon skin, but the bathtup tape was the cheapest and the best he came up with. And I really like the feeling. It's thinner than my old Pachmayer wrap around grip.

At home depot, it's $2-3 per yard, very tough and never peel on gerosene (the way I clean my guns.) For 5 years now, I replaced it only once.
 

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I think the grip/skateboard tape works great! I will probably never pay to have checkering added to another gun. Checkering is better, but tremendously expensive compared to the tape. Also, the pattern of the grip area can be changed to suit your needs - maybe the entire front strap, then later you decide that you only want it on part of the area. You can't make changes like that with checkering.

I have never seen it in any color other than black, although it looks good in contrast with the stainless appearance.
 

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Have it on both my guv models.
I am having my Colt totally
customized; about 1500 dollars worth
of work. The one thing I couldn't
justify was the hundred-sixty dollar
cost of front strap checkering.
That money went to improving the guns
performance. I'll make do with grip tape
and suffer the humiliation.
It just plain works and the price is right.
 

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I to use the "SKID GUARD SAFETY TAPE" from Lowes. The best part about using tape is if you don't like it all you do it take it off. The first tape job I did was to high up on the front strap.........so I just removed the tape and tried again. something that would be costly to do with checking (if you could do it at all).
 

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I use Beer City 'Lite' Skateboard tape on my Stainless Colt's frontstrap. I used to use Hogue and Pachmayr wraparounds, but eventually the grooves on both started to annoy me for one reason or another. So I switched to the skateboard tape. I really haven't noticed any difference in my shooting, but I'm hoping it'll toughen up my fingers so I'll be ready for the 30 LPI on my new pistol


TRB
 
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