It’s funny cause I actually bought a 1” tube on accident. I usually buy standard width. It was a bear to get on, but it’s super snug and totally makes gripping it with the 6 shot mag more manageable for me. I wear xl gloves.How much did you cut? Inches? Was their a specific size or just a “normal” tube?? I thinking of doing the same thing.
I usually just eyeball it. I also cut one end at a slight angle so that it covers up more of the back strap. It was a bugger to get on. You might try soap as a lubricant, but then your fingers will get slippery. Baby powder would probably work too.Thanks for the pic!! Perfect. How much did you cut (inches)?? Thanks.
Indeed. Aforementioned Hogue grip sleeves for my wife's Glocks ran between 10 and 12 bucks, are available in different colors and have finger grooves in the front and varying textures all around. I see no point in DIY solutions here.I believe the Hogue Handall and Limbsaver grip sleeves … cost less. (The Hogue runs around 8 bucks. The Limbsavers run closer to $15.)
Only problem with your math is that you didn’t factor in the number of model neutral homemade bike inner tube sleeves you can make from one tube. Depending on the size tube you procure of course. For example, if you have a 28” tube, figure you’ll lose 2” due to the stem, 26” divided by the length of tube you need for each gun.....that’s a lot of sleeves.Or you can save yourself all the time and hassle and buy a grip sleeve intended for that purpose.
Let's do some math:
* $5.99 for the cheapest bike inner tube I can find on Walmart.com
* Cost of gas to go to Walmart
* Cost of gas to come back from Walmart
* Value of time spent going to/from Walmart as well as shopping there
Now, if one values one's time at (a very conservative) $15/hr … which is the so-called 'new' minimum wage that's been popping up around the country … and one spends (a very conservative) 3/4 hour going to/from Walmart as well as shopping in it and checking out of it … and one also uses (another very conservative) 1 gallon of gasoline at today's AAA national average cost of $2.318/gal, then one will have spent:
I believe the Hogue Handall and Limbsaver grip sleeves … cost less. (The Hogue runs around 8 bucks. The Limbsavers run closer to $15.) There are other options, of course, but I think you get the idea.
This is why I don't use Talons, as well. And I've had the Hogue Handall on mine, it's no thicker than an inner tube -- and actually has more grippiness to it thanks to slightly-raised dimples on it.I’ve also had a few Talon grips. I use to think they were fantastic until they started to come off and slip while range shooting and in hot weather. So... no more Talons for me. Sad. They sure felt good. Just couldn’t keep them on.
I deliberately didn't factor that in because someone was looking to buy a tube here, so the cost for 1 use is the cost, right now (since no additional uses were indicated). Obviously if there are multiple uses, the overall cost will be reduced (on a per use basis). Good on you if you expect to buy a bunch of pistols that the exact same diameter tube will work for (like, say, 10 of the same pistol?) ... but most people just don't do that. In fact, few people (with respect to the total number of gun owners) have multiples of the same model firearm … and most firearms of different makes/models have different grips, right?Only problem with your math is that you didn’t factor in the number of model neutral homemade bike inner tube sleeves you can make from one tube. Depending on the size tube you procure of course. For example, if you have a 28” tube, figure you’ll lose 2” due to the stem, 26” divided by the length of tube you need for each gun.....that’s a lot of sleeves.
Visuals are always good....I am a bicycle rider and gun owner....
I have a inner tube sleeve on my M&P22. I also had one on my Hi-Point 995TS (since sold). They do a well enough job of adding grip.
The tube size would easily cross over between my Ruger's, Diamondback and Sig if I so desired.
That said, I will say I do use and like the feel of a slip on Houge grip with finger grooves better.
Also added a sleeve to my old 3 D cell Mag-Lite. All were cut from the same old 26" mtn bike tube I had in the garage. Long ago paid for and replaced. Technically trash but I always save the old tube and tires.
I also cut a short strip from an old 700C tube and added to my small flashlight.