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Old 09-01-2007, 05:19 PM   #1
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The smooth grip is causing me some trouble when shooting my hi-power. I want to use the slim micarta grips (not a hogue wraparound) and rather than get the frame checkered, I was thinking of using skateboard tape as some of you do. Can you give me any tips? How do you apply it? Does it go under the grips as well to help hold it in place? Or just a thin strip? On the back of the grip as well?
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Old 09-01-2007, 07:56 PM   #2
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Hello. I've applied it such that the grips cover the ends of the tape and where it hasn't. The former is more "permanent" but does cause the grips to stand away from the frame a bit. If you degrease the surface really good and then cut the tape to cover only the front strap w/o the ends being under the stocks, it helps to round off the corners of the tape. Seems like it is less likely to start peeling loose from a rounded corner rather than one with a "point."



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Old 09-01-2007, 09:11 PM   #3
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Thank you. How often do you find that you need to reapply with fresh tape?



I'm going to head to the range tomorrow and see if this helps. I think that the slick frame is causing the pistol to shift while I'm shooting it. I can feel it and I know I'm not getting as good a grip as I'd like.
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Old 09-01-2007, 09:30 PM   #4
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Hello. Maybe a couple of times a year.



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Old 09-01-2007, 10:53 PM   #5
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I've had excellent results using non-skid (skateboard) tape on my Hi-Powers. Get the 3/4" wide material. It costs about .50-.75 per foot and a foot will do at least four Hi-Powers. I round the corners and have never had a problem with the material lifting in use. Degrease well with isopropal alcohol prior to installing.

This is what I use on my .40 Practical. It even looks good.



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Old 09-02-2007, 09:35 AM   #6
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Hello,



A tip to thoses that have serial numbered front straps and want to keep their serial number visible.



Take a hand held plier type leather hole punch and use the appropraite sized tip that will be slightly larger than the numbers and punch the the end holes of the cut-out first, then use a single edge razor blade to cut the stright's. This will give you a nicely finished longitudinally cut window for the serial number.



Now, hold your tape so it's slightly rolled (concaved lenght wise) so you can line up the serial number in the cut-out and start applying your tape from the cut-out towards the edges.



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Old 09-02-2007, 10:34 AM   #7
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Yep, that grip tape did the trick. My groups are dead center now. They used to be low and to the right no matter how hard I tried. The pistol was just slipping in my hands as I was shooting. I tend to index the pistol using the front and back strap, and I prefer slim grips on my 1911s cause I don't really "use" the grips.



Unfortunately for me, I don't think i can ever use a Hi-Power as a carry gun :-[. As much as I'd like to. I've just been shooting 1911s for so many years that I keep having trouble with the reset. I have to consciously remind myself to let the trigger out all the way. I'd keep pulling it back early. I even managed to get the hammer to fall to half-cock because of it -- round did not go off (obviously). I guess I had let it out enough to reset a bit, but not all the way.



Oh well. They're great guns. I'm hoping to get an MKII someday. I stupidly passed up a brand new one about 6 months ago I saw at a gun show. I'm still kicking myself for that.
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Old 09-02-2007, 11:20 AM   #8
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Hello, wilsoncqb1911. Man, there's utterly nothing wrong (and very much right) with the 1911 as a serious carry gun in my opinion. The HP's wider front strap offers more smooth area to slip with sweaty hands under recoil than does the single-stack 1911. For me, the top two "combat automatics" remain the Hi Power and the 1911 though others I've tried work very well indeed if one's dedicated to learning that particular system.



Hopefully, the tape will help. Anything that enhances quick and accurate hits is worthwhile in my opinion.



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A nice alternative to Skate Board Tape is 3M "Stair Tread" Tape. It's got a rubbery, rather than flint/abrasive, texture. It holds your hand well without the "rough rocky" feeling of Skate Board Tape. I prefer it.
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A nice alternative to Skate Board Tape is 3M "Stair Tread" Tape. It's got a rubbery, rather than flint/abrasive, texture. It holds your hand well without the "rough rocky" feeling of Skate Board Tape. I prefer it.
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