The grips on my revolver came from Taurus, and while I don’t have any problem with the design, which is classic and hard to screw up, the execution has never been first-rate. Every time I practiced, the seam just under the trigger guard tried to rub a hole in the side of my finger. Annoying.
I ended up wrapping the top of the grip in electrical tape. That worked, but it was kinda hillbilly even by the standards of a guy who claims not to mind going hillbilly. So I asked Ian to find me a roll of friction tape. I figured I’d wrap the whole grip in tape with texture, and then it would look like something I actually meant to do instead of a between-the-stages kludge. But it seems that “friction tape” is something not sold anymore, or at least not commonly. Bother.
Then Ian said, “You could wrap it in a bicycle tube, I guess.” And while he was opening his mouth to add, “But where would you get a bicycle tube?” I said, “Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that?” Because of course I do have a couple of bicycle tubes, because I never throw anything away. Last year I fixed the tires on H’s horse cart, after she tangled with a patch of thorns. On the theory that almost everything comes in handy sometime, I took the old tubes home and hung them on the wall in my shed.
This is Mk. II, because stretching a tube over rubber grips is hard. Mk. II works perfectly. But I’ll probably do it a third time for appearance because I was getting the hang of it.