After the Area 1 Championships in Eastern Washington, I discovered a small crack on the plastic SVI grip of my Open Gun. This is from loading to 29 rounds in my 170mm magazines and shoving it into a gun with one round in the chamber. This repeated stress led to this infamous crack in the grip right at the mag release button.
Luckily my gunsmith JPL (http://www.jplprecision.com) has a stock STI plastic grip. Took it home and made the necessary modifications to the magwell to remove excess plastic and make the funnel smooth…
Also took the opportunity to cut two finger grooves under the trigger guard to get a higher purchase on the gun and smoothen out the edges just above the mag release button hole. This is so that my fingers won’t be bruised by a sharp edge.
There we go, all done and back together again.
I’ve been using the Hogue Wooden grips for the past two matches and while the size is just right, the slipperiness of it especially during cold/wet days it a little hard to deal with. The Hogue rubber grips that originally game with the gun is just nice but the grooves were a little out of place for me.
It’s designed for someone with slightly larger fingers. When I use it stock, my grip is not high enough. The only way is to modify the rubber grip by cutting off the tangs and smoothen it out.
Here’s how it looks like after cutting and filing it down.
And how it looks on the gun :
Now it’s perfect!
I’ve also changed the trigger weight to 8lbs (average)
Hope all those light strikes will go away now.
Getting serious with this competitive shooting thing, so I might as well start working on my grip strength. I’ve never been really strong with my wrists and hands, working with computers all day. My idea of muscular training is getting up from my seat to get a drink and walking back to sit down. Although I never done any specific strength training for my hands/wrists, it’s good enough to handle the recoil of my .45ACP. I know I don’t really need it but it doesn’t hurt to work on my grip and wrist strength, it might end up helping me shoot better. Time will tell.
This is what I bought, the Captains of Crush Hand Gripper #1 :
For those of you who are new to shooting or is having issues with accuracy and recoil control, checkout this fantastic video clip of Travis Haley from Magpul Dynamics about the pistol grip. Incidentally, Travis is the famous sniper from the Blackwater video clip that went viral many years ago, so you know he has the credentials.
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