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Old 10-05-2017, 12:01 PM
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I have to say, ever since I have joined this forum I have learned a lot about S&W firearms. I mean, I knew about my own S&W firearms, but coming here, I have learned so much more about others.
I own a FS M&P .40 caliber 1.0 pistol. I just recently handled a few 2.0 Compacts and I like the grip texture on them, A LOT!
I also read on here that if I want that same grip texture, or close to it, that a company by the name of TALON sells a grip tape by the name of Granulate for the 1.0 grips. Can anyone tell me about this grip tape? Is it easy to apply? I am guessing I will need a hair dryer or a heat gun to get the tape hot enough to make it stick better? Pictures of your M&P with the grip tape applied would be great.
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:52 PM
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I've got talon tape on all but one M&P (and that one is overdue). I like the rubber textured version. The other version is more abrasive (like skate board tape.)
All I can say is that they fit perfectly, improve grip allot and are easy to apply (You will need a hairdryer.)
Do a search here and you'll find allot of threads on the subject. ( Google Youtube as well.)
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Old 10-05-2017, 01:26 PM
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I've used both the Talon rubber and granular grips. I use the rubber for my carry guns and the granular for my competition guns and my AR grip. The granular grips will tear up cloths and bare skin. Boy, do they not slip in your hand at all! Not even if your hands are wet/sweaty.

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Talon sells their materials in small sheets but at really high prices. You can also get stair step anti slip tape at many hardware stores. Mine sells it in either 2 or 4 inch wide by the foot. I use this because I only put the tape in certain areas of the grip.
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Yeah, what CBStuard said. 3M Safety Walk™ tape, both the crinkly rubber and the sandpaper kind, is quite possibly the same stuff Talon uses for their grips. My local hardware store sells the 4" tape for $1.50/ft and much cheaper if you buy a roll, so your looking at about 30-40 cents per grip.

This is the video I used for instruction in making my own grips:

I'd never pay for something that I could make for 2 or 3% of the store bought item, because I'm really cheap.
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Old 10-08-2017, 07:13 AM
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"I'd never pay for something that I could make for 2 or 3% of the store bought item" Now that is the American Spirit !!
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I had always gotten the rubberized for my guns. Then by mistake I ordered the granulated by mistake for a new gun. When it showed up I was disgusted that I ordered the wrong texture. But I thought well I'll try it. Now it's all I order. Love the absolute "grip" it gives you. But I agree with the statement above it's rough against your skin.
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So, the TALON Grip tape is pretty straight forward at putting it on, right? I have used velcro tape on misc. items in the past and even cut my own designs for certain items I needed.
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It's been a while, but when I had a Glock 23 I used the granulated version of Talon Grips because at the time it was all they offered. I didn't have any issues installing them. Unless things have changed, it still requires a blow dryer. I will say that, as easy as it was, I messed up my first attempt. I contacted them to see what I could do to fix it, and they sent me another grip in the mail free of charge, so I was very impressed by their customer service.

As far as carry, yes, it is rough on clothing and skin, but what I did was go over it with some 120-grit sandpaper to knock down the sharpness a bit, and it was fine after that. Good traction in the hands, not clingy on clothing. However, if I were to get Talon Grips now, I would go with the rubberized version and at least try it out.

If you're handy and can cut patterns, then you can save money by purchasing grip tape. However, Talon Grips are pre-cut to the shape needed so all you have to do is some easy surface prep and install it in a couple of minutes. To me, the time and effort savings are worth the cost, so long as the price doesn't become exorbitantly expensive.
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Yeah, what CBStuard said. 3M Safety Walk™ tape, both the crinkly rubber and the sandpaper kind, is quite possibly the same stuff Talon uses for their grips. My local hardware store sells the 4" tape for $1.50/ft and much cheaper if you buy a roll, so your looking at about 30-40 cents per grip.

This is the video I used for instruction in making my own grips: How to make PRO-QUALITY CUSTOM GRIPS for GLOCK and other weapons using rubber grip tape - YouTube

I'd never pay for something that I could make for 2 or 3% of the store bought item, because I'm really cheap.
Not as cheap as me, I use a old bike inner tube.
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So, the TALON Grip tape is pretty straight forward at putting it on, right? I have used velcro tape on misc. items in the past and even cut my own designs for certain items I needed.
Yes, takes just a minute to install. I use the Talon grip in rubber as it is not too abrasive.
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Skateboard tape is an economical grip enhancer. You can get it in black or grey - perfect complement to either blue or stainless guns. I've used it for some of my 1911s, and it stays stuck and works great.

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Hello all.
I have to say, ever since I have joined this forum I have learned a lot about S&W firearms. I mean, I knew about my own S&W firearms, but coming here, I have learned so much more about others.
I own a FS M&P .40 caliber 1.0 pistol. I just recently handled a few 2.0 Compacts and I like the grip texture on them, A LOT!
I also read on here that if I want that same grip texture, or close to it, that a company by the name of TALON sells a grip tape by the name of Granulate for the 1.0 grips. Can anyone tell me about this grip tape? Is it easy to apply? I am guessing I will need a hair dryer or a heat gun to get the tape hot enough to make it stick better? Pictures of your M&P with the grip tape applied would be great.
Thank You!
Talon grip material is cut to the perfect configuration for your specific pistol model, and has cut-outs that allow the original emblem and other markings to show through. Once applied correctly (which is pretty easy if I've done it) they almost disappear into the firearm contours. They add very little size but a lot of grip improvement. I've used the rubber type on one of my Shields and a Bodyguard 380. All came out perfectly. On my Shield 45 I didn't add it because I liked the grip surface, which is very similar to the new 2.0 grips. If it's a carry gun, I'd use the rubber. If not, maybe the granular. They're usually cheaper on Amazon than straight from Talon: Amazon.com: TALON Grips - Gun Parts & Accessories / Gun Accessories, Maintenance & Storage: Sports & Outdoors
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I have used the soft version on my Glock 19. Applied easy enough, used a heat gun/hair dryer here as many have stated. Initial results were really good. Long term(3-4 months later) I wasn't big fan and removed it. For me the tape shifted in certain areas and had to be adjusted weekly. Eventually the adhesive was failing in those area to the point I had to cut those sections out. Later I just took them off all together. I cleaned the frame with denatured alcohol prior to installing the grips. Not sure what I could have done differently in the installation process.

Not a bad product but for $20 I felt it should have lasted more than 3-4 months. I might would try them again as they did make the pistol feel better in my hand.
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If you need sand paper to be able to grip your gun, maybe it's your grip that needs work? Yeah, that's right, I said it!

OK, seriously, I've had poor results from grip tape. Maybe I didn't use the proper application technique, but every time I've tried it, the tape eventually starts to peel up. Maybe I use my guns more than others or maybe I didn't apply it correctly. Still, I say save your money and do without.
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