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Old 01-08-2017, 07:25 PM   #1
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Help - P229 E2 Grip Texture Issue

I'm searching for the solution to an issue I've discovered with the texture of the E2 grips on my P229. Had no luck with a search, but hope I'm not repeating another thread.

I wear golf shirts regularly, and have had issues with the texture of the E2 grips snagging or sticking to the shirt (like velcro) and causing a printing/exposure problems when carrying IWB.

I like the reduced size of the E2 versus the original grips, but would like to find something in the same size range with a smooth finish that won't snag material.

This gun is pre-E2, so screw down grips will work for me, too.

Any recommendations?
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Old 01-08-2017, 07:42 PM   #2
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My EDC P239/9 has G10's, and I have no issues like you describe. G10's have a rough texture too. I wear a compression undershirt and t-shirts/polos daily in the warm months. You can always go back to the factory P229 grips that say P229 on them. Hogue does make smooth grips too.
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I've heard of people taking sandpaper to the E2 grips to take some of the bite off of them. Not sure if that's an option for you or not.
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Take some fine grit sandpaper and break them down a little bit at a time until you get to where you want to be.

I used to have a P290RS that had the same texture; and it was quite abrasive on my tactical muffin-top. Quite frankly, between that and the how close the trigger was to my palm when it broke, I just sold it and bought a Glock 43. And trust me... it pains me to say that.
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devldog131, welcome to the forum from the southwest corner of Indiana. You have gotten good advice, try taming the E2s with a little 400/600 grit wet or dry paper, if that doesn't satisfy your needs, visit Hogue's website, and check out their offerings. As bblr has stated, they make smooth textured, in addition to checkered, and "Piranha" which is a "grippy" texture, that I don't consider as "sharp" as checkering. Visiting your LGS, and possible checking out a "Legion" will give you a good impression of the checkered model, and if you can find a 229 Extreme, the "Piranhas".

Good luck finding what you need!
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The first thing I do now with any Hogue grips is smooth them down with a little light sanding, until they grip my hand but not my polo shirt. The same principle should apply with the E2 grips.

I tried smooth Hogues on my P224 but found them just a little too smooth, it seemed like my fingers were slipping off. Checkered or Piranha with a little sanding are both perfect for me.
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I had the same problem. Here is the post I made about it and how I fixed it.

http://sigtalk.com/sig-sauer-pistols...ing-shirt.html
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Maybe go to the Standard 2 piece polymer SIG grips. Only $26. They have enough texture to grip well, and do not snag on anything.
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Maybe go to the Standard 2 piece polymer SIG grips. Only $26. They have enough texture to grip well, and do not snag on anything.
I have the standard 2 piece grips, but like the narrower profile of the E2. I don't have little mitts, but the narrower grip does make a difference to concealability.

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Yep I finally took my E2 off after 3 years. They did eat my shirts and suit coats like crazy.
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I took a emery board to mine and knocked off the sharp points. I wear T shirts and had ripped the skin to shreds right over the love handles. Don't get carried away and take your time. Hasn't affected the grip any for me and the love handles thank me
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My E2 are starting to loosen up just a bit after 9000 +/- rounds.

I put smooth G10 on my 224 and like them for carry, but want a little more grip on my 229. Will be getting another G10 offering.

They are thin enough for me.
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I can see why they would snag clothing, very sharp texture. Sanding works, I did on one of mine cause it was making the web in my hand raw. Sanding fixed it but it turns them gray and ugly, unless someone has figured out a way to restore the look.
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I can see why they would snag clothing, very sharp texture. Sanding works, I did on one of mine cause it was making the web in my hand raw. Sanding fixed it but it turns them gray and ugly, unless someone has figured out a way to restore the look.
You can use RIT fabric dye (powder form) and dye the plastic back to black. There are some technics that you can Google to help. It restores it back to black.
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