View Full Version : VZ Grips: update.

03-01-2004, 04:26 PM
Got my two pair in the mail this afternoon. First impressions were very favorable, though this might be prejudice resulting from John's most excellent customer service.

The high-gloss, black canvas is very attractive against my stainless 1991. The finish is some type of polyurethane and I'm curious to see how long it lasts. Refinishing at home shouldn't be difficult if it's ever needed. The "grip" of the grips is a bit slick, but I like having some play so I can adjust my grip if there's a hangup on the draw. This is a definite plus in my book.

The second set I orderd was blasted canvas and comparing the two only highlighted the slip in the finished pair. While the exposed canvas fibers really stick to the hand, the whitish appearance wasn't pleasing to my eye. This is an exposed-carry, stainless steel duty pistol and I like really black grips on it. As all of my other gear is jet black (kydex) or silver, I kinda wanted to maintain the motif. Fung shway and all that, you dig?

Anyhow, one of the first things I thought of when looking at the pics on the www.vzgrips.com website was to dye the exposed canvas. I have some black leather dye left over from a holster project and it needs to go somewhere, right? With that in mind, I took some q-tips and went to work. The canvas seems to have absorbed the dye quite nicely and I'll report back when they've dried. I'm hoping it won't rub off on my hands or clothes.

One of the most interesting discoveries only came to light after installing the grips on my pistol. Due to the design, the longitudinal grooves, gripping the pistol feels more like you've installed thin grip panels instead of standard-thickness grips. My hand definitely experienced more wrap-around than was previously seen with my Hogue, Ahrends, or Yost grip panels. How this will impact handling and firing is yet to be seen.

For customer service, VZ Grips receives 10 out of 10. For original design and excellent execution, I'll give them another 10/10.

How do these grips stand up to working off of an armored truck? How will they handle fast-action IDPA/IPSC competition? I'll report back in a week and let you know.

03-01-2004, 07:30 PM
VaughnT - Looking forward to your report - I have narrowed my choices down to the VZ or Ahrend's grips for the latest project and am curious as to how the VZ grips work in CC mode. It appeared to me as though the smooth finish grips would keep clothing from "hanging" on the grips when concealed.