Putting aftermarket grips on a handgun is one of the easiest ways to make a certain handgun more unique. Of course, there are always the options of cutting the slide and changing the color, but to make something a personalized piece without breaking the bank, aftermarket grips is one of the easiest ways to change a gun’s appearance.
How I Found Hogues G10 Grips
I started using Hogue G10 grips about six years ago and didn’t even know it. I purchased a P220 Scorpion TB as a host for my Silencerco Osprey. Over time, I really enjoyed the texture of the grips compared to other guns. I enjoyed them so much I eventually picked up an Extreme and Elite E2 shortly after. I used the various SIG grips on my handguns without having a clue they were really Hogue. Hogue actually makes SIG’s grips as an OEM manufacturer. It wasn’t until I bought my CZ and wanted to replace the rubber grips on it that I learned Hogue made the grips I’ve really come to prefer over time.
G10 Grips and Their Benefits
Honestly, G10 grips are my favorite style grips because of their strength and overall durability. Most G10 grips, whether they are Hogue, VZ, or another company. tend to be incredibly durable overtime even after years of use. G10 is made by putting layers of fiberglass cloth together and putting a large amount of heat and pressure on the fiberglass cloth to create a shape. This process makes the G10 grips incredibly lightweight while being texturized enough to give ample support when your hands become wet or anything else.
Since the G10 grips are made from fiberglass cloth they are easily moldable. It’s fairly simple to mold different designs and textures into the grips. My personal favorite would have to be the Pirhianna style grips Hogue sells. These grips tend to be shaped with small oval formations all around the grips. The oval pattern gives the stability of stippling but isn’t as abrasive when carrying on the body daily. Now don’t get me wrong, I love wood grips and the overall look they have but composite grips work better for me and my lifestyle. I tend to treat my guns like tools rather than safe queens which I admit I should probably work on. There have been several times in the past I’ve ruined a beautiful set of wood grips because I hit my gun on a barrier by accident.
For me, G10 solves most of my problems. They are typically fantastic to look at while being a rugged material. They are cheap enough to replace if you ever do beat them up beyond repair. I think aftermarket grips like the Hogue G10 series is something that gives users the ability to make a gun unique for a fraction of the price. Let me know what you think of G10 grips in the comments below. If you have questions feel free to send me a message on my Instagram @fridgeoperator. Stay safe out there.
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