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Old December 15, 2015, 09:20 PM   #1
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Wood grips slippery in winter -- suggestions?

The extractor on my carry Sig P938 broke at the range last week, leaving me with a rock in my hand. While it is being repaired, I am carrying my 642 with the fine Karl Nill walnut grips that cover the backstrap and allow me to fire the revolver accurately with my big hands. But they are dry in the winter, and the grips slip on firing. Carnauba wax doesn't make them tacky. Has anybody tried beeswax? Any other suggestions? Thanks.

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Old December 15, 2015, 09:36 PM   #2
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What about rosin?
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Old December 15, 2015, 09:47 PM   #3
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I've used bow string wax (pretty much bees wax). Had some in the truck one winter and was having a slippage problem with a wood gripped .475 LB. Worked pretty good -- kind of like waxing a surf board.

Pretty inexpensive to try, so not much to lose if it doesn't work.

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Old December 15, 2015, 10:27 PM   #4
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(Hogue?) Universal grip sleeve?... I've also made some darn good ones by cutting bicycle inner tubes to size.
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Old December 15, 2015, 10:37 PM   #5
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Old December 15, 2015, 10:38 PM   #6
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I have bow string wax upstairs. It'll go on in a few minutes. Thanks! I used a bicycle inner tube section last winter. It worked okay for a few shots, but migrated freely. Rosin is an interesting idea, if it stays on the grip. Thanks very much.

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Old December 16, 2015, 08:10 AM   #7
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This stuff (it's for surf boards)...

http://www.sexwax.com/
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Old December 16, 2015, 08:24 AM   #8
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Mechanix gloves.
I keep a pair of the thinner automotive mechanic ones in the range bag.
They come in various thicknesses and styles.
http://www.mechanix.com/
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Old December 16, 2015, 09:03 AM   #9
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I use boiled linseed oil on ax handles to give them some tackiness and to preserve the wood.
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Old December 16, 2015, 10:50 AM   #10
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Bicycle inner-tube around the grip.
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Old December 16, 2015, 11:52 AM   #11
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As mentioned, linseed oil. Boiled linseed oil has always been my go to stuff for revolver grips.

Been around so long, thought everybody knew about it. Not only on gun s, but tool handles, gate spacer on my backyard gate, wheelbarrow handles, any exterior wood. Pine often turns dark after treatment, but sure lasts.

Cypress? Not to use anything on that wood.

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Old December 16, 2015, 01:13 PM   #12
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I use O'Keeffe's Working Hands. Its in the little green tub. It makes your hands a little tacky. I drive semi. I use it because the steering wheels are slippery, and when backing I need to make large corrections with the steering wheel. I use the palm of my hand on the wheel, because its easier. The O'Keeffe's stays tacky for 6 hours or so. Great stuff. Use it on your hands, not your revolver grip.
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Old December 16, 2015, 04:31 PM   #13
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While I agree, and all I use is boiled linseed oil, BLO won't work if the grips already have a finish other than 'oil'...

Surfboard wax works no matter what the finish is...
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Old December 16, 2015, 07:06 PM   #14
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Also rub them hands with a little Bag Balm or Corn Husker's Lotion ! That will knock out some of that dryness and improve your grip.
The O'Keeff's Working Hands stuff is good too . My Daddy liked it.
I have found that wood grips finished with tung oil give a nice non-slippery surface. I usually go over the factory finish with 400 grit wet-or-dry paper to get down to bare wood, then maybe 0000 steel wool. 3 or 4 thin coats of tung oil , let each coat dry well and a buffing with the 0000 steel wool between coats , does the trick.
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Old December 16, 2015, 10:53 PM   #15
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Yeah, the bowstring wax didn't stay on for long. Surfboard wax looks like a good idea. The grips are currently oil finished. I find my hands slipping over such finishes on my tools in the winter. Thanks for all the ideas!

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Old December 18, 2015, 10:09 AM   #16
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You might want to check out a product called Gorrilla Snot. It has a funny name but it works. It's made for guitar players to keep a grip on their picks with sweaty hands. You can find it at. Musiciansfriend.com
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Old December 18, 2015, 10:11 AM   #17
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Just put a rubber band or two around it. Easily removable unlike the pastes.
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Old December 18, 2015, 09:41 PM   #18
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I bought a 1-pound block of beeswax and crayoned it on the grips, then worked it around with my hand. Took it to the range today and it worked pretty well. But it will need to be reapplied frequently, as it rubs off. Still, it's easier than resetting the inner tube every cylinder full. And it's dry, not sticking to my covering shirt.
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Old December 18, 2015, 10:18 PM   #19
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Buy a bag of rubber bands and wrap them around the grips use as many as needed. Also works great if you just tuck in waist without a holster, will not slide down your pants,but a holster is highly recommended.
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Old December 19, 2015, 12:51 AM   #20
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What I have done is to go to local hardware store menards, ace, homedepot and buy ladder anti slip strip you'll get appx 24'' x 8'' self adhesive cut into strips of your choice. place on grip at locations you like and will be easily removed if you want I however keep it permanent I like it now... Merry Christmas.

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Old December 19, 2015, 12:51 AM   #21
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Change the grips.
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Old December 19, 2015, 01:07 AM   #22
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Change the grips.
I have to agree with FrankenMauser here.

While I appreciate the feel of a fine wooden grip on a revolver, I have resigned myself to rubber boot or combat grips on my J frames, especially an airweight model, due to it's light weight and comparatively snappy recoil. A rubber grip will, quite simply, remain more snugly in the hand, and typically absorbe more recoil. I would not reccomend a G-10/VZ grip, as they can often be too aggressive (and have eaten through one of my shirts just from holster carry).
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