New “Speed Ledge” Promises Improved Recoil Control

Not too long ago, some USPSA “race” guns began to sprout strange angled metal plates from their sides. This modification gave shooters using a thumbs forward grip a way to leverage their support hand thumb against the frame of the gun during rapid fire. One such grip is the GOGun USA Gas Pedal® Grip. Now an enterprising small business called the C&L Company has taken the concept, streamlined it, and successfully adapted it to fit nearly any pistol sporting a 1913 Picatinny style dust cover.

The concept behind this “Speed Ledge” is so simple you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it and bring it to market first. Machine a chunk of high quality aluminum alloy that mates solidly with that standard accessory rail, and extend one side of it down the frame toward where the support hand thumb will reside when a two-handed grip is used. Normally this thumb just sort of rests against the frame and there is no way to use it to grip the gun harder or do anything especially productive. Now, put a ledge or shelf under that thumb so when the pistol’s muzzle flips up while firing, the thumb stops the ledge, and therefore the front of the pistol, from moving so much.


Three versions of the Speed Ledge are in production; a small version for short barreled pistols (think XD Subcompact), a large version for full size service pistols, and a large version with another Picatinny rail built underneath so you can mount both the Speed Ledge and the tactical light or laser of your choice. In addition, there are choices of short, medium, or long “arms” of the ledge itself, allowing the product to fit shooters with larger or smaller hands equally well. Left handed versions are available but are a special order item.

The best thing about the Speed Ledge is the price. All variants, even the large version with additional Picatinny rail, run less than $50, and shipping is a flat $5.95. For a high quality alloy product with no plastic in it at all, I think that’s a great value.


  • Arbiter

    I could see a device like this being built into the frames of pistols in the very near future.

    • Giolli Joker

      I doubt it: you’d need a thicker stock (if the frame is machined) or a too steep variation in thickness that is not piece of cake in a casting process…
      A specicifc threaded hole on the frame to easily install an OEM produced optional sporting this ramp, however, could be featured by future pistols…

    • Aaron

      Probably more like an added accessory. Many holsters would have to be changed, and I think most manufacturers and buyers would just prefer an option.

  • NV Gun Guy

    Kinda hard to put the gun in a holster with this on there. I’m all for inovation but this modification is for a select class of guns in a select class of shooting. Outside of that it’s gonna be used by tacticool operators.

  • ohlookcake

    No left handed version? Shame on them.

    • Guest

      Should have read the article better. Left Hand versions available as a special order. That’s the first thing I wondered since I am a lefty too.

    • It says right there that they DO make them. Shame on you.

      • ohlookcake

        “but are a special order item” usually means extra cost.

  • Shut up and take my money! And by that I mean, “Do we have a link to the product page in question for the lazy ones who will not Google this?”

  • tincankilla

    could this be a violation of the ATF’s restriction of attaching a forward grip on a pistol?

    • Dale

      I was just thinking the same thing…

    • Nathan

      No… If you can use an AFG on an AR pistol i guarantee you can use a piece of metal sticking out of the side to push the gun down. It’s not even a grip.

  • Dale

    While I haven’t tried this product, it’s a really interesting concept, and after having seen them employed in shooting competitions, I can say that they work really well for keeping the frame from moving as much and getting quick follow-up shots on target.

  • White Zombie

    While neat, I’d sooner just keep my weapon light.

    • FourString

      uh refer to the large model WITH the picatinny rail…

      • Flyingchipmunk

        I believe he means lightweight, not flashlight

  • Joe Average

    Im skeptical about added weight. I tend to like the lightest weight as possible. I want to be a material engineer and make lighter and stronger alternatives.

    • Van the Handcannon Man

      Unless you are shooting a singleshot .22 made in aircraft grade titanium and plastics that for some reason has a rail in the front, I don’t think you are going to notice that weight. If I put my fullsize AFG on a pistol’s rail, I barely feel the added weight.

      However, out of pure curiosity, I’d like to see a 3D-printable version.

      • Joe Average

        Im just weight conscious, thinking about 5 mile hike tests and all that jazz. Ounces do add up to pounds,

        • Van the Handcannon Man

          It’s not something you NEED to use, but I’d gladly carry the extra ounce this thing might weigh. And do note that there is the “small” version which weighs slightly less than a mousefart.

  • Click on “Speed Ledge” takes you to website!

  • A special holster???

  • Shane

    Simple physics proves that this is useless in reducing recoil. More comfortable grip, yes. Absorption? No. When the whole gun snaps back, both hands move with it. Backwards. One must apply an opposite force to counter it. Which is no different than straightening both arms after what we’ve all been use to. Your left thumb does not remain in position to stop it. It moves back with the gun. Law of physics.

    • Dave

      I stumbled across this product today so I don’t know much about it but if the goal is to reduce muzzle flip, wouldn’t downward pressure from your thumb be the opposite force you are talking about?

    • CT

      this is not meant to absorb any recoil…it keeps the front of the gun down and aids your grip

  • I have one on my XD sub compact 40 cal and its the best money that i have spent on this pistol so far. Before i had it i was all over the target now im almost dead center. best think you can buy to help you shoot. and they stand behind what they sale.