Hogue Expands the HABGS Line


    Hogue Inc makes a wide variety of grips and grip accessories for handguns of all types. One of its most popular products it makes is a rubber sleeve that slips over the grip. In the fall of 2016, the company introduced a new version of the grip sleeve called a HandALL Beavertail Grip Sleeve.

    The HandALL Beavertail Grip Sleeve, or HABGS for short, extends the original product up the back of the pistol’s grip. In theory, this should provide additional cushioning to the web of the hand during recoil. I would expect that the cushioning would be more noticeable on smaller guns than larger ones.

    It would seem that the original HABGSs were a commercially viable product as Hogue announced it was expanding the line to include two new pistols: the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 and the Taurus TCP. The original HABGS are still available for the S&W Shield, Ruger LC9, Glock 26, 27, 42 and 43 pistols.


    The HAGBS is available in a rainbow of colors including black, OD green, pink and purple. The MSRP is $9.95 for the black version and $10.95 for the other colors.

    (Note: Hogue states the TCP HABGS will also fit the Taurus Spectrum. News on the Spectrum broke in later 2016, and the company launched it at the 2017 SHOT Show. However, the Spectrum has not yet shipped. When I spoke with a company representative recently, I was told the gun may ship this fall or early in 2018. There could be some changes to the gun, so I wouldn’t purchase a HABGS today for a Spectrum that you hope to get in the future. You never know what, if any, dimensions may chance.)

    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 http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.