January 2001

Picking A Personal Pistol Grip: Life-and-Death Considerations

Changing the grips on a concealment gun is fairly easy and inexpensive, but will those grips help —or hinder—you in a crucial situation?

[IMGCAP(1)] Handgun grips may be made of many diverse materials. Some are chosen for appearance, like genuine elephant or fossil ivory or finely figured wood. Others are used for economy, like plastics. Black rubber, usually sticky and soft, is commonly used in factory grips from many makers, particularly where recoil might be heavy. Wood laminates also are increasingly common, and these can be very attractive as well. The final finish on the grip can be either carved, fully or partially checkered, or left smooth. The grip can include grooves for the fingers or thumbs.

But what’s the best material for self-defense handguns? This isn’t so crucial a question for guns used for other purposes...

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