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I've used with Hogue Handall for a year (Ruger P95) before purchasing an XD40. On the Ruger, a Hogue grip like this is critical because the stock feels like a lump of plastic in my hand without it. Since it helped on the Ruger, I decided to try the Pachmayr grip on my XD40 for a while now.

A few days ago I removed the Pachmayr grip from the XD40, to re-discover how well the bare grip is designed. We (multiple shooters in our family) miss the finger grooves on the front strap. But we also prefer the slightly smaller size of the XD stock without any wrap.

So now I'm thinking about trying AGrip on the XD40 in order to enhance our grip without adding a lot of bulk to the already nicely shaped XD40 grip. Do you think that the AGrip will work for us? I'm especially interested in hearing from those of you who have tried it.
 

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I have been using the AGrip for a while and like it very much. It is like velvet when your hands are dry but gets very tacky when your hands are the slightest bit sweaty. It does however get a bit nasty if you carry it a lot and get gunk over it. I believe you can clean the grips if they get dirty but I am unaware of what to use for it. For the $$$ I think it is a lot better than the sand paper grips since they don't last a long time, but the AGrips can wear, but I find that they can actually take a good bit of abuse.
 

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I used it years ago on my Glock 19 and liked it.
 

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are Agrips legal for USPSA?

I was reading rules for production and it states no sleeve grips such as the Hogue handall. This sounds like Agrip to me as well, but I would like a clarification before I rule it out.
 

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AGrips are legal in all USPSA classes. Your added grip of any brand just cannot have finger grooves in it, since the original grip doesn't.
 

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aiformula said:
are Agrips legal for USPSA?
Direct from the USPSA site:

Appendix D4 - IPSC Production Division

21.6 Aftermarket grips which match the profile of the OFM standard for
the approved handgun and/or the application of grip tape or rubber
sleeves is permitted. Modifications to grips, other than previously
mentioned, not allowed, such as grooves cut to reach mag release
or size reduction.
Then there is this in another section:

Aftermarket grips which match the profile of the OFM standard for the approved handgun and/or the application of grip tape is permitted, however, rubber sleeves are prohibited.
The rules sound a bit contradictory to me, but Agrip is more like grip tape than a rubber sleeve.
 

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I am not a fan of A-Grip because while it works great when my hands are damp, I find the grip to be a bit slippery when my hands are dry.

I have one XD with A-Grip, another with sand paper. I much prefer the sandpaper because I get a good grip whether my hands are damp or dry[/i]
 

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I am not a fan of A-Grip because while it works great when my hands are damp, I find the grip to be a bit slippery when my hands are dry....I much prefer the sandpaper because I get a good grip whether my hands are damp or dry[/i]
Thanks David. I figured that there must be a downside to something like AGrip. It's good to know these limitations going into the test.
 

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I've had an AGrip on my carry gun for 8-10 months. Never had a problem. David may be right in that dry hands and the AGrip have a completely different feel than wet hands and an AGrip. I guess it could be considered a little slick. But... on my carry gun the AGrip with wet or dry hands beats not having it at all by far because of the gun's slick polymer grip to start with. Damp hands on the AGrip means more control.

I think I'll go put my extra AGrip on my XD and see how it feels there.

Chris
 
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