I have a part-time job selling guns at a Gander Mountain in upstate NY.
Last winter, a female state trooper came in looking for help in finding a good pair of shooting gloves. She had a
qualification shoot coming up, and had discovered that she couldn't pull the slide back with gloves on.
She never found anything that worked, and seemed singularly unimpressed when I showed her the overhand grip and suggested she use that instead of the two finger slingshot style she was using. She left, and I never saw her again.
A few days later, I had a brainstorm. I don't know if I've reinvented the wheel, I only know that I'VE never seen this particular modification before.
I degreased the slide, and cut some skateboard tape into thin strips that just fit IN the serations on my slide. It looks sharp as hell, and it really improves your traction with leather gloves on.
Because, the tape drops down INTO the serations, the ridges one either side keep it from sliding. I used it this past summer for two courses I attended, and the small pieces all stayed perfectly in place.
Here's a picture of my Kahr with this glove modification.
I do not know much about skateboard tape but it looks a lot like the nonslip tape you put on stairs. If so will the granuals eventually come off and get into the works of your weapon? Just a question and thought.
For A While...
it might work, but eventually some of the 'grit' may work its way into the slide...
Originally Posted by Ben Hennessy
If such a fix were so simple, I believe the gun (when purchased) would have it as an option...:rolleyes:
I did buy it at a Home Depot. As far as I know, it's what the skateboarders use, so it's often refered to generically as "skateboard tape".
Originally Posted by Ben Hennessy
No sign of any grit coming off so far.
I'll use the tape on frames, front strap and backstrap but yes - I might feel a bit leary of escaping grit going where it shouldn't. It is well bonded and so probably won't happen but - Murphy, ya know!!!
I have no doubt the grip aspect is well improved.
Thinking back to gloves - I reckon thin gloves such as I use for biking would be well OK for grip - problems occur IMO when gloves get way too thick. Thicker ones of course can be obtained with leather sections on inner surfaces.
Sticking things on my gun is definitely not my thing, but if it works for you, cool. If I had trouble pulling the slide, I would take the gun to a gunsmith to see what could be done to make it easier, or I would just buy a different gun.
This is a case that you need to address the problem.
First, is hand strengh. This is the most important asset to have for self defense, no matter the method you are using.
Second is the glove itself... I really like neoprene ones marketed to duck hunters and upland game hunters. They are flexable, waterproof, work and they allow you to still have a lot of dexterity. Most even have the little grippy dot things in the palm and finger tips.
The tape is a good thought, but it will come off if you carry or use the gun at all. I know some love the tape and cant wait to gum up a new gun as soon as they get it, I just think it putting a band aid over a bigger problem.
With all that said, If it works for you, good job. It does look good too.
Modification to gloves I was taught by an 'operator' I was priviledged to work with in LEO job :
We cut off the tip of the index finger and the thumb of both gloves.
You now have more positive feel for the trigger w/index finger as well as better thumb control f/safety ,etc. Did this to both gloves for ambi shooting. This might help slide control w/slingshot method.
Did you try Mechanix gloves? I know people that swear by them.
They work well for shooting, but not so well working in 0 temps for a few hours on a traffic crash... your hands will be so numb you wont be able to get the gun out of the holster let alone operate the weapon.
Originally Posted by paramedic70002