Brilliant Backstraps

    Brilliant Backstraps

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    Custom grips have long been appreciated by handgun owners.  General George S. Patton Jr, perhaps one of the more famous historical figures of the last century, had custom ivory grips on his revolvers.  For those that mistook the ivory for pearl, Patton had a harsh word at the ready.

    Grips, or stocks, have often been an easy way for a shooter to add personality to his or her handgun.  However, in the era of plastic pistols with grips being a molded part of the frame, custom grips have been less important to many gun owners.  Brilliant Backstraps is attempting to change that with the latest polymer guns.

    Brilliant Backstaps makes colorful backstaps for Smith & Wesson M&P and Springfield XDM/XDS pistols.  The backstraps are available in the sizes normally available for the pistols (small, medium, large).

    Warning:  the Brilliant Backstraps are not subtle.  If you are looking for something low-key, these are not likely going to meet with your approval.  The colors are bright and the patterns are striking.  If you are looking for something bold, Brilliant Backstaps might just be what you are looking for.

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    Prices run from $30 – 40 depending on if you want a solid color or a custom pattern like the Lone Star, Old Glory or Glow in the Dark.  If you need old school grips for your SIG P226 or P229, Brilliant Backstraps can also help you with the same colors and patterns.  Prices run from $40 – 50 for these.

    I’m not sure what Patton would say about these, but I’m not sure the General would cary a plastic gun anyway.

    Richard Johnson

    An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is