I had the same problem yesterday on my 40 4''. It rotated to the right and had the grip safety depressed. Let me know if you come up with a solution. I put mine on without any kind of heat or lube. Didn't think it would spin.
I would suggest spraying brake parts cleaner on the grip and then sliding it on. I dont know for sure if it will damage the polymer frame (the cleaner) but once its on the grip shouldent move.
Us turbo guys use that for intercooler piping/silicone couplers and they are darn near impossible to get off.
Just an idea...I have never tried it but in theory I think it would work.....
I would guess that the brake parts cleaner would be fine on the frame as I have seen some people clean their weapons with it....
I wouldn't use break cleaner on the frame, or any part of the gun, that stuff will melt some types plastics :shock: . I use carb cleaner,and it's never hurt anything , them you might try silicone to hold the grip on, it should hold, and if you want to take it off it should peel off.
Thanks for the helpful tips. I don't know why I said it was a Hogue, I must have just been looking at them. It is actually a Pachmayr. I am going to give the silicone trick a try and see how that works. I just am not sure about the brake clean trick. I have used plenty of the stuff in over 20 years as an auto tech, but I don't know about spraying in on the frame of my new XD.
I was thinking grip tape under it to hold it still, but I think I like the silicone idea better. It just seems more positive.
One idea is to do what I did....install the side panels only of the rubber decal found on pistol-gear and then slide the pachmayers over the top. Took some heating but worked fine....too bad I ended up not liking the pachmayers after I noticed that it made my gun butt drag too much for my liking when carried concealed IWB. YMMV
A couple of the members here suggested that I use hairspray on my hogue when I was having this same problem. It works great, and it even washes off if you want to take the grip off of the frame later on
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