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Old 04-29-2020, 05:58 PM
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Default Talon Grips Pro - Durability Update - 7/13/2020

Before I start, I just want to say I'm not in any way affiliated with Talon Grips. I get nothing in return for posting about their products. I'm just a fan of their product.

I EDC a Beretta PX4 Compact. The one thing I don't like about it is the slick grip frame. Talon Grips are my solution.

I tried the rubber grips, but I found them to be not much better than the "naked" grip frame. At least for me.

I currently use the granulated grips, but I have to sand them down to make them less aggressive so they don't snag on my cover garment. They work very well for me.

They just came out with a new grip texture, Pro. The texture is rubberized, but the aggressiveness is between the regular rubber grips and the granulated grips.

As I'm getting ready to replace the grips on my PX4, I went ahead and ordered a set. I'm hoping they'll be "just right" for me.

I should get them sometime next week. I don't know when I'll be able to try them at a range, but I'll update here when I get them installed and share my initial impressions.

The reason I'm posting this now is that for today and tomorrow (4/29-4/30) the Pro texture is 20% off. So if you're interested in giving them a try, now would probably be a good time to do so. They also have free shipping.

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Old 05-07-2020, 11:21 PM
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Default Update and First Impressions

For anyone interested, I've received the new Talon Grips Pro and have installed them on my PX4 Compact. While I have not been able to get them to the range, and I'm not sure when I'll be able to do that, I have done some dry fire practice drills as well as moving around while wearing my usual cover garments.

Feel free to skip to the bottom for my review/first impressions.

First, a bit of background.

The PX4 Compact has a very slick grip frame. As far as I'm concerned, it's really the only negative on this pistol. So I tried both the rubber and granulated versions of Talon Grips. In fact, I've spent more money than I'd care to admit going back and forth to figure out which one I liked best.

Here's the rubber grip texture (it's from a sheet I had...I had cut a strip to use on the backstrap of my 642-1):



What I found from range testing is that the rubber texture didn't really improve my grip very much over the bare grip frame. In fact, it was practically zero improvement for me. But I know a lot of people use this texture on their guns with success. It just wasn't for me.

Here's the granulated texture (from one of my back-up sets):



This grip is fairly aggressive. It's definitely secure in the hand when shooting. However, it does have a tendency to snag on cover garments. Plus, there's the potential for the grips to cause accelerated wear on clothing. I wear an undershirt under the gun, so I don't have to worry about it being abrasive against my skin, but that may be a concern for others.

My solution was to use sandpaper to "soften" the aggressiveness. I used a mix of 80 and 120 grit papers to get it to a point where it still felt secure in the hand but didn't snag on my clothing.

Here's a picture of my PX4 Compact with the sanded-down granulated grips.



Recently, in fact I believe it was last week, Talon Grips came out with their Pro texture. Basically it's the material from their rubberized grips, but a bit "chunkier." The result is a grip with more traction than their regular rubberized grips, but not as aggressive as their granulated grips.

Here's a close-up of the grips before I put them on my gun.



And here they are mounted.



Review/First Impressions

As I said before, no range time yet, but I have done some dry fire practice drills, mostly drawing from concealment, as well as moving around (reaching, sitting, squatting, etc.) while wearing a cover garment.

My initial impression is that it feels different than I'm used to, obviously. Not better, not worse, just different. I do like it, though. It definitely feels like a solid, non-slip grip in my hands, but not so aggressive that it makes shifting it in my hand to hit the mag release or decocker an issue. Of course, the real test will be getting it to the range and see how good the traction is when shooting.

What I'm really impressed with is its concealability. I've done deep squats, reached up and forward, twisted at the waist, sat down and stood up, while wearing my usual covering garment, an untucked shirt, and I think the Pro does a better job of not snagging my shirt than even my sanded-down granulated grips. With the sanded-down grips, I sometimes find myself having to give my shirt a little tug at the hem. So far, I haven't had to do that with these grips. With the chunkiness of the grip texture I thought for sure there'd be at least a little snagging, but that wasn't the case. Of course, this is just a little home test. I'll have to see how it goes out in the real world.

I had no issues when drawing from concealment.

So my first impression is that the Pro texture Talon Grips are really good. Snag-free (so far) while still giving good traction in the hand. I'll have to see what kind of long-term durability I'll get out of these. I'm hopeful that I may have found my Goldilocks/"just right" grips. And I didn't have to spend several minutes attacking them with sandpaper! I'll be keeping them on for a while.

I'll update this thread once I'm able to get to the range and give them a good shooting evaluation.

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TL;DR: I likes them.
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Old 05-16-2020, 02:33 PM
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Default Quick Update - No Range Time Yet

Just a quick update. After using this set-up for a few days, I noticed that my cover shirt did seem to have a higher tendency to snag on the grip when going about my daily routine, most notably getting out of the car. So I ordered another set and removed the backstrap portion before applying it to the gun.



I've been using this new set-up for a few days, and it is much better with regard to snagging. It rarely hangs up now, and when it does a little discreet tug on my shirt's hem takes care of it.

It also facilitates my drawing technique a bit better. I place my hand low on the backstrap then slide up into the tang so I can get as high a grip as possible before drawing. The textured backstrap didn't really impede it much, but it is a bit smoother now.

I may be able to get some range time this coming week. I'll update again once I've been able to send some rounds down range.
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Default Range Update - FINALLY!!!

I finally had the chance to get some range time. I was able to put three mag's worth of ammo through the gun with backstrapless Talon Grip Pros (my time was limited by range rules and I had other guns I wanted to shoot).

I wasn't able to do any rapid fire shooting, but I did try and shoot as fast as range rules would allow. I didn't notice any shifting between rounds. They allowed for a firm grasp with good traction, and I was still able to shift the gun in my grip slightly to release the mag or decock.

Also, in the time I've had this grip set-up, I've gone on a few sweat-inducing hikes with the gun close to my body in an IWB holster under an untucked shirt, with a t-shirt between my body and the gun. In that time, the grips have shown no sign of peeling off, even without the backstrap piece.

So, after all this, I would rate the Talon Grips Pro as an excellent addition for any polymer-framed pistols with less-than-optimal traction. More grip than the rubber texture, but not as aggressive as the granulated texture. However, I would add that if your gun is carried concealed, removing the backstrap before application might be worth doing to minimize the possibility of the grip snagging on your cover garment. Also, it still might be too aggressive for people who carry with the grip frame directly against the skin. I wear a t-shirt between my body and the gun so it's not an issue.

I think I may have found my "Goldilocks" grips.
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Cool. I hope you'll share your experience with them when you get a chance.
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Default Durability Update

Just wanted to post a quick update.

I've been using these grips for a couple months now. I've worn my gun almost every day. Since my range trip (posted earlier), I've continued to do dry practice drills.

Over the past few days, it seemed like I was losing some of the chunky rubber granules. Then today it looked like this:



Needless to say, I contacted Talon Grips. To their credit, I got a response within a few hours. They're sending me a replacement grip under warranty. They also said that there have been some cases of this happening. They asked for more information to help them improve the product, so I sent them the picture as well as information on what I've been doing with the gun that could contribute to this (i.e., general handling, practice routines, etc).

I'm happy with their response. I will try the replacement grip. However, if this happens again, I'll most likely switch back to the regular granulated grip.

I suppose this is the risk of being among the first to try a new product.

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Thanks ContinentalOp ! I have been looking at talon grips for the past few days on line (reviews & Youtube).I carry AIWB and wanted to put them on my M&P 380 & M&P 9mm EZ.
Didnít know which ones to get. I had already discounted the granulated ones. Your review was detailed enough that I will be getting the Rubber Grip texture for both guns. Thanks again !!

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Just a quick note. I received some further feedback from Talon Grips. These Pros were part of the first production run. What they suspect is that they might have gone a little light on the epoxy that binds the rubber granules to the base. They've asked me to use the replacement grip the same as before and let them know if any issues come up. Back to being a test dummy!
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Before I start, I just want to say I'm not in any way affiliated with Talon Grips. I get nothing in return for posting about their products. I'm just a fan of their product.

I EDC a Beretta PX4 Compact. The one thing I don't like about it is the slick grip frame. Talon Grips are my solution.

I tried the rubber grips, but I found them to be not much better than the "naked" grip frame. At least for me.

I currently use the granulated grips, but I have to sand them down to make them less aggressive so they don't snag on my cover garment. They work very well for me.

They just came out with a new grip texture, Pro. The texture is rubberized, but the aggressiveness is between the regular rubber grips and the granulated grips.

As I'm getting ready to replace the grips on my PX4, I went ahead and ordered a set. I'm hoping they'll be "just right" for me.

I should get them sometime next week. I don't know when I'll be able to try them at a range, but I'll update here when I get them installed and share my initial impressions.

The reason I'm posting this now is that for today and tomorrow (4/29-4/30) the Pro texture is 20% off. So if you're interested in giving them a try, now would probably be a good time to do so. They also have free shipping.

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