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I am wondering if anyone besides me despises the new texture of the Gen4?

I was very careful when selecting the Gen4 (G19) over the Gen3 for a couple reasons. I like the slide finish on the G3 better than the 4. I like the texture of the G3 grip better than the 4.

So, why did I chose the G4 over the G3? Most importantly, the mag release on the Gen3 just about wore a hole in the side of my finger while I was messing around with it and trying out a rental at the range. See, I am left-handed so, the mag release falls directly on my middle finger of my left hand. The larger mag release on the G4 doesn't do that. I like the mag release oriented for a right-handed shooter. I drop the mags by pressing it with my trigger finger. Works for me, even though it's reversible. Same with my Beretta 92fs, even though it's reversible, I still have it oriented for a RH shooter.

On to what this post is about: I do not like the new texture of the G4 grip, not one little bit! I don't mind it at all while I am shooting it but while toting it, it is miserable to my bare side! I feel like I have been walking around with a piece of 60 grit sandpaper rubbing against my side! I still love the gun and am satisfied that I chose the G4.

Now, what I am thinking of doing: I am seriously considering sanding down the texture on both sides of the grip. I believe I could carefully sit a pad sander on it and turn it on-and-off so as to maintain control of it and take it down a little at a time. One concern I have is that the sanding process may tend to turn the black texturing a whitish color as a result of sanding...I don't know.

What do you think? Has anyone thought of this? Do you have a better idea? I am thinking of the sander idea because I believe you could keep it flat thereby ending up taking it down evenly. This may not be able to be achieved by filing it or some other method. I think you could remove the mag release and tape off surrounding areas and achieve this CAREFULLY.
 

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I'm completely opposite. I don't think the Gen4 texture is *rough* enough.

As far as your dilemma, I would not sand anything down, but would get some rubber grips like Talon offers.
 

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If its my Gen4, I'd rather sand everything & re-texture/stipple it.

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PS: If its your first time doing it (sanding of the dimples), You rather send it to a pro. For $85... Its all worth it!
 

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I do not mind it at all I carry a g17 g4 on white hat IWB with no issue! I feel no did when I carry the g19c.
 

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I like it. When I'm carrying I just wear and undershirt so it doesn't bother me. But I do this with my Gen3 too.
 

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I like the new texture. I liked the old version too. The only problem I have with it rubbing me raw is on long road trips where the seatbelt presses the grip into my side a little more than usual.
 

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Boracay said:
If its my Gen4, I'd rather sand everything & re-texture/stipple it.

Like this -->

PS: If its your first time doing it (sanding of the dimples), You rather send it to a pro. For $85... Its all worth it!
That's pretty cool. I don't think I've ever seen a stippling job like that. I don't mind the grip, but I got a foXx holster ( like a crossbreed ). If I could do a good job like this one I would, only because of the looks of it.
 

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Eye_Peeled said:
I am wondering if anyone besides me despises the new texture of the Gen4?

I was very careful when selecting the Gen4 (G19) over the Gen3 for a couple reasons. I like the slide finish on the G3 better than the 4. I like the texture of the G3 grip better than the 4.

So, why did I chose the G4 over the G3? Most importantly, the mag release on the Gen3 just about wore a hole in the side of my finger while I was messing around with it and trying out a rental at the range. See, I am left-handed so, the mag release falls directly on my middle finger of my left hand. The larger mag release on the G4 doesn't do that. I like the mag release oriented for a right-handed shooter. I drop the mags by pressing it with my trigger finger. Works for me, even though it's reversible. Same with my Beretta 92fs, even though it's reversible, I still have it oriented for a RH shooter.

On to what this post is about: I do not like the new texture of the G4 grip, not one little bit! I don't mind it at all while I am shooting it but while toting it, it is miserable to my bare side! I feel like I have been walking around with a piece of 60 grit sandpaper rubbing against my side! I still love the gun and am satisfied that I chose the G4.

Now, what I am thinking of doing: I am seriously considering sanding down the texture on both sides of the grip. I believe I could carefully sit a pad sander on it and turn it on-and-off so as to maintain control of it and take it down a little at a time. One concern I have is that the sanding process may tend to turn the black texturing a whitish color as a result of sanding...I don't know.

What do you think? Has anyone thought of this? Do you have a better idea? I am thinking of the sander idea because I believe you could keep it flat thereby ending up taking it down evenly. This may not be able to be achieved by filing it or some other method. I think you could remove the mag release and tape off surrounding areas and achieve this CAREFULLY.
I'm with you on the grip. I love the feel when shooting but man that thing rubs me raw. I just bought a pachmayr grip, hoping this will solve the problem. I use a crossbreed holster but the handle is what rubs me. Hopefully this rubber grip will help solve the problem. I should have this grip tomorrow so I'll let ya know how it works. I have an 8 hour car ride so that will put it to the test.
 

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I'm with you on the grip. I love the feel when shooting but man that thing rubs me raw. I just bought a pachmayr grip, hoping this will solve the problem. I use a crossbreed holster but the handle is what rubs me. Hopefully this rubber grip will help solve the problem. I should have this grip tomorrow so I'll let ya know how it works. I have an 8 hour car ride so that will put it to the test.
I have that grip it's kinda "squishy" ... will eventually go back to "bare"
 

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I have that grip it's kinda "squishy" ... will eventually go back to "bare"
Does the grip move around on the gun or does it stay put. I was a little worried about it spinning around on the handle or slipping a bit if that makes since.
 

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Boracay said:
If its my Gen4, I'd rather sand everything & re-texture/stipple it.

Like this -->

PS: If its your first time doing it (sanding of the dimples), You rather send it to a pro. For $85... Its all worth it!
That stipple job looks nice. I've seen some pics of some others that looked like a mess. Any ideas of the method they use to do the sanding? A safer but slower method would probably be doing it by hand with sandpaper in a sanding block. I'm not talking about sanding it completely off, just taking it down some. and maybe softening the edges around the perimeter of the texture a little.
 

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Matthias312 said:
Don't like. Too rough. Got a tactical grip cover...much better...
No complaints with the grip cover adding too much bulk? I don't have the biggest hands so I definitely don't want to bulk it up very much. Does it stay put? No problems with it moving around?
 

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Does the grip move around on the gun or does it stay put. I was a little worried about it spinning around on the handle or slipping a bit if that makes since.
Once it's slipped on there ( thanks to dishwashing liquid ) it doesn't really move much if any.
 

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kodiak said:
I'm completely opposite. I don't think the Gen4 texture is *rough* enough.

As far as your dilemma, I would not sand anything down, but would get some rubber grips like Talon offers.
I've seen those grips. I wasn't aware of who made them, thanks. Now, the question is whether they will adhere to the gen4 grip. I can see them working fine on the lower profile of the gen3
 

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I've seen those grips. I wasn't aware of who made them, thanks. Now, the question is whether they will adhere to the gen4 grip. I can see them working fine on the lower profile of the gen3
I've seen several on Gen4's and they don't seem to add the bulk of the heavier rubber sleeves. I'm sure you've seen my grip tape jobs (to make it rougher)...they stick very well and have not shifted, nor have the edges lifted..and I shoot a lot. It's to the point where I need to replace it on my primary shooter because the texture has worn down already.
 

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Eye_Peeled said:
I've seen those grips. I wasn't aware of who made them, thanks. Now, the question is whether they will adhere to the gen4 grip. I can see them working fine on the lower profile of the gen3
I have talon rubber grips on both of my GEN 4's 23 & 27 and they stick on good. Haven't had any issues with them moving around or pealing off. I live in KS and it has gotten up to 88 so far this year and still no probs!!
 

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