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Poink88 02-25-2011 05:11 PM

Hogue grip reshaping/trimming/shaving question.
 
I just received my (new to me) used S&W 5906 with hogue (rubber like) grip. While it is okay, it is a bit fat and I believe it will feel much nicer (for me) if I can "gouge" the area where my thumb rests and similarly on the opposite side. I need that area "shaved" a little and wondering if anyone knows the best way to do it.

Thank you.

gadrooning 02-25-2011 05:45 PM

Haven't tried shaping a rubber grip, but I came across this when repairing my bumper. I would assume it would be really similar.

How to Repair Gouges in Rubber Bumpers | eHow.com

Poink88 02-25-2011 05:51 PM

Thanks but I don't think the described process will work with the Hogue grip...it has a real cushiony rubber feel not hard or vinyl like feel. Not sure if it will lend itself to sanding but I can try with a Dremel I suppose.

stalkingbear 02-25-2011 05:51 PM

You'll need a razor sharp X-acto hobby knife or some other equally sharp blade and go SLOW and be VERY careful as you go. If you have a sanding drum for your Dremel you can try it but remember it's all too easy to go too far too fast with power tools.

Poink88 02-25-2011 05:58 PM

Thanks Bear...I just read online a tip to do it. Before sanding, FREEZE the gun or just the handle first. The frozen (harder) rubber will be more "workable".

I might try that.

Poink88 02-26-2011 01:34 PM

Wife want us to shoot it as-is for now before I try to modify and possibly mess it. Wise decision IMHO. I also learned that the Hogue grips are not solid rubber, it is laminated with a hard plastic inside.

stalkingbear 02-26-2011 03:58 PM

That's the reason they call them "hogue's overmolded". You can still do it if you absolutely got to but it just won't look as nice.

Poink88 02-28-2011 06:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stalkingbear (Post 453847)
That's the reason they call them "hogue's overmolded". You can still do it if you absolutely got to but it just won't look as nice.

I did the mod using exacto knives and sand paper, and I am so glad I did. It now fits my hand like a used glove and my grip is much improved and consistent. It is amazing what a fraction of an inch shaved here and there can do.

BTW, yes, it doesn't look as nice now :D but I'd do it again in a heart beat.


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