Custom Grip Template!

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  1. rackem

    rackem XDTalk Newbie

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    I had an idea for the MacGyvers like myself out there :cool::

    Someone should take pictures of brand new, unused Talon Grips/PRP Grips on top of some graph paper (and list the scale of the paper) so that we can make custom grips with skateboard grip tape or other media.

    As if I haven't asked enough already :lol: try to take the picture as normal/perpendicular/orthogonal/"directly above" the graph paper as possible for accuracy. Also please include the XD model the grips are intended for.

    Disclaimer: I'm really not trying to violate any patented designs here, I think it'd just be a good educational resource for some of us.

    +1 if you think it's a good idea! +1000 if you'd like to see it come to fruition!
     
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    Why not just support a great company? It's not like they cost an arm and a leg.

    And it's not that hard to make your own grips. Cut out a piece of a paper, and keep removing parts until you make something that works for you.
     
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    this
     
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    -1, there are several inexpensive grip options out there. Got some sand grip tape from PRP for under $20 and it was a super easy install and you can mod them to your liking, they also give you several extra pieces in case you screw up.
     
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    +++1 support those who support you.
     
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    -1 :sly:

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    I can appreciate supporting a business, but I also like to do things I can do myself.

    I wrapped my grip in duct tape. cut it carefully where I needed to. peeled it off gently. applied the tape to paper then used that pattern to mark and cut out the skate board tape. it took some time to adjust it around and tune it in but its good.
     
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    I'm all in favor of supporting a great company. I've seen the instructions that you've provided, thank you for referring me to those. I'll give it a shot.

    I'm aware of the "inexpensive grip options", but that's not why I posted this thread. To drop $20 on something that costs a fraction of that isn't an option for everyone. Plus, if you have the skillset and resources, why not?

    Thanks for your support. Did you have any issues with residue from the duct tape remaining on the frame? Does the skateboard grip tape stay on pretty well?
     
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    Thanks for the nice post dear...
     
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    When you figure it all out, start a small business selling them online, then I'll just do the same thing to you and see how it makes you feel.

    I could understand if you just wanted to make your own to save money and to make it how you like it, but to do it with graph paper and cutouts from a company who already makes them is just dishonest.
     
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    the skateboard tape sticks pretty well so far but I have not had it out yet. I cleaned the grip with 91% rubbing alcohol so residue isn't an issue.

    also its rude to steal talon grips design.

    my brother has legit talons on his pistol and they are really nice. the skate tape doesn't compare to that. the skate tape is really aggressive and has much more bite to it than the legit talons. (talons wont tear your hands up ;-) )

    to clarify my process, I used the duct tape to make a pattern, I stuck it on paper to make it easier to work with. I cut out the duct tape shape in skate tape. I trimmed and adjusted the skate tape fine tuning it. cleaned the grip with alcohol. applied the skate tape. warmed it gently with a heat gun and pressed it into shape. then I took a razor and cut the wrinkles then smoothed them down.

    I'm happy with it but talons are better.
     
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    +1 again
     
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    Second what Bonehead said. The Talon grip texture is just better than the sandpaper like texture for most grip tape. And from my pricing, a sheet of comparable material would cost pretty darn close. I don't think Mike is making much profit from his product. They're also easy to remove and reapply, but stick great otherwise.

    Customer service is great too. I emailed to ask about if it would be possible to get a larger set to get more coverage, and he said he'd give me some scraps that I could use to personalize it.
     
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    Sarge, I completely disagree about this being dishonest. I'm not reproducing anything for profit. I simply wanted to search for a solution that I could implement with my own resources and save some money.

    And more power to the owner of the site! But he need not worry about one person overtaking the market for handgun grips based on a rough outline. Don't get me wrong: they're individually great products, but they aren't exactly a cutting edge design. This isn't Apple v. Samsung, folks.

    I think some are misunderstanding my OP. I don't want to cut out the "T" from Talon and call the grip my own. I don't want to brand them. Furthermore, I don't have access to the material they're made of! I simply was looking for a solution to come up with the general shape that fit the gun. I wasn't aware that it was so easy to use other materials to gain an outline, but thanks to the helpful members of this site, I'm now aware.

    I plan on posting a generic drawing of grips with measurements as soon as I get a chance. Check back!
     
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