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How much did you cut? Inches? Was their a specific size or just a “normal” tube?? I thinking of doing the same thing.
 

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How much did you cut? Inches? Was their a specific size or just a “normal” tube?? I thinking of doing the same thing.
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.

I bought rubber talon grips, but I think the inner tube is a winner.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/CRaSaAmZN5Zpp7Uh7
 

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Thanks for the pic!! Perfect. How much did you cut (inches)?? Thanks.
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.
 

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Both good ideas. I dropped by the hardware store this afternoon. They didn’t have any bicycle tubes. So I’ll have to run by the bike shop or Lord forbid Wal-Mart and see if they have any. Then I’ll try your ticks. Thanks. I’m still waiting on my Trijicon HD yellows to arrive too. My LGS guy says they are in back order. Strange I thought. You wouldn’t think those would not be that popular right now to make them go on back order. Hope it’s not too long. Sure what to start carrying that sucker.
 

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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:
$5.99+(0.75*$15)+$2.318=$19.558

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.
 

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I believe the Hogue Handall and Limbsaver grip sleeves … cost less. (The Hogue runs around 8 bucks. The Limbsavers run closer to $15.)
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.

And the popsicle sticks are for holding this bit in place here, while stretching that end over there, while with your third hand, you're trying to pull over there.
 

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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:
$5.99+(0.75*$15)+$2.318=$19.558

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.
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.
 

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I just looked up Limbsaver,Packmeyer and others. I think they are all to thick. What appeals to me about the tube is how thin it would be. Grippy, protective and extremely thin! 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.
 

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The tube was sub $5. I live in a super bike friendly college town in Colorado. Bike shops give me free tubes when I ask nicely.

Amazon probably has them for even less and you don’t have to get off the couch to buy from them.
 

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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.
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.

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.
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?
 

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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.
 

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That's a smart idea. I personally use the Talon Grips (rubber)on my polymer hand guns & magazines. I use LOK G10 Grips on my metal frames CZ's.
 

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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.
Visuals are always good....

 

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