A year or so ago, I was having trouble with the front checkering on the grip of my Kahr CM9. Whenever I shot more than 50 or 100 rounds in one range session, the checkering would really start to dig into my middle finger. My first thought was to wrap the grip in skateboard tape to fix the problem, but then I found Talon Grips and decided to give them a try.
How It Works
Talon Grips are one piece custom decal style adhesive grips for many popular polymer pistols. Essentially they work just like you would expect – you peel off the backing, line them up per the cutouts and/or the included diagram, and they wrap around the grip of your gun.
While they do fit very tightly and securely, they can be removed if you want, though you probably won’t want to (just sayin’).Â Talon Grips come in two different textures, rubber and granulate.
If you like an aggressive grip, the granulate texture is for you. It feels very similar to skateboard tape or fine sandpaper. Personally, I find this texture a little too aggressive, but some people love them. If you carry inside the waistband (IWB) against bare skin like I do, you might want to opt for the rubber texture.
The rubber texture is my preference. It gives you a decently aggressive grip texture, while also providing a little padding. There’s just a tiny bit of “give” in the grip with the rubber Talons, which I like. I think they make shooting smaller guns less punishing on your hand.
I have Talon Grips on both my Kahr CM9 and my Smith & Wesson Shield. This is personal preference, but I don’t think the grips are essential with the Shield (though some shooters I know disagree with me). The CM9 is a different story. Having shot the CM9 both with and without, I wouldn’t, and haven’t, gone back. Talon Grips make the gun easier and more pleasant to shoot.
Talon Grips are excellent value. At the time of writing, you could purchase Talon Grips for the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield for $14.99. If you find yourself wanting a better grip, or want to make shooting your small gun more enjoyable, I think Talon Grips are well worth the money.