Once installed, Talon Grips almost appear like a factory option.

Stippling on a polymer handgun’s grip is a deal with the devil.

The simple process works as advertised, creating much more texture, in turn facilitating a positive grip. But there is a massive side effect to the customization – the modification forever alters the handgun.

Perhaps this is not a big deal for some. But for those who might one day sell their pistol, burning or etching texture onto its frame generally does little for resale value.

There is another option other than stippling. One that’s easier on your firearm, while at the same time providing a more solid and secure grip on it.

Talon Grips are ingenious in their simplicity. The precision, laser cut, self adhesive grips attach to a pistol in mere minutes, but provide shooters with long-term benefits. As a bonus, the upgrades are easy to remove as they are to attach – thus are risk free, and unlike rubber sleeves, they don’t add to the width, girth, or circumference of your pistol’s grip. They just keep it stuck in you hand.

Truth be told, I haven’t attempted the removal end of the system, and most likely won’t unless to replace a damaged grip. I imagine the Talon Grips will remain on all of my guns for some time.

Talon offers two textures, an aggressive sandpaper grip and a more moderate rubberized version. I chose the latter to put on my guns and the difference it made was striking. The stippled rubber texture is highly recommended. The grip locked tight across the surface of my palm, giving me a much more solid purchase on the pistol though dryfire drills and a every range session.

The rubberized grips – the thicker of the two – also did absolutely nothing to modify my usual hold on the pistol. Talon has designed their product to be unobtrusive, leaving the ergonomics of the handgun untouched.

The grips’ other selling point, at least in my book, is their ease of installation. The three-step process took me less than 15 minutes to complete and required only one tool – a hair drier, used to set the grips into place on the final step.

Talon Grips, as far as I’m concerned, are well worth their $17.99 price tag (Discounted for DFI Students). But the product does have a few points worth considering.

Talon Grips are a simple concept. Grip texture on one side, adhesive backing on the other.

One, for certain, is that the more aggressive style of grip is probably too course to be used on a concealed carry pistol. Its surface is comparable to a medium grit sandpaper and appears much too abrasive to be comfortably worn against the skin, particularly inside the waistband. It also looks like it might have a tendency of snagging cloths, thus impeding a clean draw. Not good.

Luckily, the rubberized grips are the perfect choice. They provide as much positive grip as their sandpaper counterpart, but they are soft enough not to aggravate skin and are smooth enough to dissuade clothing from interfering with a draw.

My two cents, the Talon’s sandpaper option still has a place in the handgun world. But it seems to me, it is better fit for a pistol not destine for continual contact with skin or that has a chance to tangle with a garment.

Overall, those searching for an inexpensive – and reversible way – to get a better handle on their pistol should consider Talon Grips. They’ve found a home on most of my guns and I can’t speak highly enough about them.

Talon Grips are available for the following pistols: Beretta, Bersa (BP9cc, Thunder), Boberg (XR9, XR45), Canik (TP9 SA, TP9), CZ (P-09, P-07, 75B, 75 Compact, 2075 RAMI), Diamondback (DB9), EAA (Witness Compact), FNH (FNS9/40, FNX9/40/45, FNP45, FN Five-seveN), Glock (20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 41, 42), HK (VP(, P30, USP, HK45, HK45c, P200, Mark 23), Kahr (CW9/40, P9/40, CM9/40, PM9/40, CW 45, P45, CM45, PM45), Kel-Tec (P-32, P-3AT, PF-9, P-11, PMR-30, CMR-30), Ruger (LCP, LC9, LC380, LC0S,SR9/40, SR22, P95), SCCY (CPX-1, CPX-2), SIG (P226, P228, P229, P238, P239, P250, P320), Smith & Wesson (M&P Shield, M&P9/40/45, Bodyguard, SW9VE, SW40VE, SD9/40, SD9VE, SD40VE, SW99), Springfield (XD, XD(M), XD-S), Steyr (M-A1, C-A1, L-A1, S-A1), Taurus (PT738, PT709, PT740, Millennium Pro, PT111, PT140), Walther (PPS, PPQ, P99, PPX, PK380, CCP, P22, PK380). Grips are also available for ARs and extended magazines. New guns are being added constantly, so check their website.


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