Which one is right for you? TALON Grips vs. Stippling.
Nobody is going to debate that every shooter out there benefits from having a better grip. I mean it is simple math right? More traction = better grip = better shooting. The question becomes how do you improve your grip? There are a number of techniques that you can use to improve your grip. In Step 5 of this Free eBook, we talk about accuracy as it relates to the way that we grip the handgun. The article explains the High Grip with Thumbs Forward technique. The article goes on discussing Tightness, One-Handed shooting and Breathe. These are all crucial things that can be improved with practice.
Practice alone, cannot fix a slippery grip. So what are your options?
TALON Grips are a stick-on gun grip that changes the texture of your gun improving your grip. Benefits of TALON Grips include:
- They are quick and easy to install (5-10 minutes)
- They allow you to reposition the grip several times without affecting the grip, so if you make a mistake, you can correct it.
- They can be removed at any time returning the pistol to factory condition.
- They are affordable at $19.99 each.
- They do not affect the gun manufacturer’s warranty.
- They can easily be changed/replaced when the time comes.
- They are made in the USA
- They provide maximum coverage giving extra traction to most of your firearm
- The thin material (only .5mm thick) does not change the overall size of the grip
Stippling is an alternative to TALON Grips. It’s another popular way to improve the slippery factor of your gun. First, here are some considerations with stippling:
- A good stipple job will cost anywhere from $85-150+
- Time, yes, you can buy a soldering iron for $15 and stipple multiple guns, but doing a great job takes practice, patience, and hours.
- Stippling has little room for error. If you make a mistake with an unsteady hand, it will be there for the life of the frame.
- You will probably void your manufacturer’s warranty
- It can be gross to find all of the dead skin stuck in the stippling, but a quick brush and a bit of elbow grease can fix that.
- The texturing can wear down over time and you have to re-stipple to bring back the aggressiveness.
Stippling can be great! It is an effective way to get more texture on your gun so you can shoot better. It is a great way to customize your handgun (if you have the skills and time). Stipple jobs can look super cool and provide great traction.
So if you think through the considerations above and have the skills and time, stipple your gun! If you want a cheaper, quicker and easier alternative buy TALON Grips. Either way, a better grip is going to help improve your performance.