I know several fo you mentioned you train with snap caps and have a range mate load up your mag with a snap cap or two. Do you also train to clear FTE, FTRB and the like?
Well I just started using Strike Hold cleaner and luber (lubricant) and the stuff leaves a very fine sheen of some type of coating all over the pistol (read hard to get a secure grip on). I tried to practice some clears and than reengage the target @ 7,10 and 15 yds and had a hard time gripping the slide.
Enter Skateboard tape. I stopped by my local skateboard shop and picked up a blank of this stuff (Black Magic grip tape) and figured I would adorn some on my pistol.
Let me tell you the interaction I had at the skateboard shop. I pull up in my SUV full of Surf Stickers and get out in a monkey suit a la Hugo Boss. Get some interesting looks from kids :smiliedie practing ollies and what not and get told that I shoudl be askamed of my gas guzzler. I tell them it is a Diesel IE the loud knocking from the motor. I enter the skate shop and get told the salon is no longer in this plaza. I do not think I am that metrosexual looking, I think to myself . I ask for some skateboard tape. I get looks as if my fly is undone and I am hanging in the wind for all to admire . The kid at the counter points me to the skateboard assembly area (for lack of a better term). I walk over there and a young girl in her late teens hands me over a blank. I thank her and walk to the cashier to pay a few bucks for this grip tape.
The owner looks at me and pulls me to the side and asks me to accompany him to his office. Now I am rethinking my possible metrosexual look for a something a lil more over the fence if you catch my drift. I am also wishing my wife had accompanied me but she is still rather hung over from last night .
When we get to the back he asks me what pistol is the grip tape going on. I am in awe, and totally dumbstruck. I say a P-14. He gives me a thumbs up looks me over and than invites me check out his new acquistions.
I walk with the owner who is about my age (33ish) to desk and he proceeds to remove the mag from and clear a brand new Duty One STI. He then goes to a small safe and takes out a Yost and a Wilson CQB. I am completely dumbfounded.
He gave me the blank for free and asked when and where I shoot as he has never really had a chance to get to make friends who are into weapons being in his industry with his clientle. I hate to say it but I have a play date. His wife also shoots so this should be pretty cool.
Back to the point of this post. Do or rather have any of you put grip tape on your pistols? I just finished putting some on the front of the slide and on the front strap and what a difference. I highly recommend you try it if you do not already have serrations.