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P320 X5 Grip, digging my thumb

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Does anyone else have issues with the way the P320X5 grip has that raised section at the back of the grip before the beavertail?

 

I found that it digs into my thumb and thumb knuckle during firing and makes the pistol really difficult to shoot with comfortably. I've taken it to my smithie to grind it down as well as round off the hard edges of the beavertail on that side as well which also dig into my hand.

 

I saw the new X-Compact no longer has that section of the grip, which I bet was part of the feedback they received. Just curious to see who else might have this issue.

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I've removed those corners on a number of grip frames for customers for that very reason. It's not an unusual complaint for those with a high grip.

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never bothered me, sounds like you might be over gripping the module with your strong hand. maybe try relaxing your grip a little with the strong hand

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Never relax a grip.

Control comes from a tight strong grip.

Remove the area of concern

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I have the same issue with that spot. Trying to get over it by tweaking my grip slightly. If that doesn’t do it, I’ll go back to my other guns which would be a shame because I like everything else about the X5. I asked phil strader about it at shot. He said the xcompact doesn’t have it but there are no plans to get rid of it on the other models because there are very few complaints about it. He said it’s a cosmetic thing to make the high bore axis look less extreme.  

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On 3/24/2019 at 8:53 AM, hitman_usmc said:

I have the same issue with that spot. Trying to get over it by tweaking my grip slightly. If that doesn’t do it, I’ll go back to my other guns which would be a shame because I like everything else about the X5. I asked phil strader about it at shot. He said the xcompact doesn’t have it but there are no plans to get rid of it on the other models because there are very few complaints about it. He said it’s a cosmetic thing to make the high bore axis look less extreme.  

 

My smithie really did a great job smoothing the hard edges on the beaver tail and removing the thicker part circled in my original post and blend it into the frame. Way better now.

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22 hours ago, streckjc said:

 

My smithie really did a great job smoothing the hard edges on the beaver tail and removing the thicker part circled in my original post and blend it into the frame. Way better now.

 

How does the polymer tolerate the reduction/smoothing? Does it need to be refinished, or does the color go all the way through?

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8 hours ago, BobRockefeller said:

 

How does the polymer tolerate the reduction/smoothing? Does it need to be refinished, or does the color go all the way through?

 

It's black and the way through, and can be sanded, smoothed, and even polished to an extent. No issues there

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11 hours ago, BobRockefeller said:

 

How does the polymer tolerate the reduction/smoothing? Does it need to be refinished, or does the color go all the way through?

 

I'll grab a better picture of what it looks like now and post it so you can see it. But As Dingo said, it's black all the way through and has no issues being sanded down.

Here's what it looks like from a picture I already had when I got it home. You can compare it to the initial image I posted at the beginning of the thread.

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This is what it can look like if you keep going and finish it up with progressively finer sand paper. 

 

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This was one of the reasons i sold my x5...it was digging into me. That and the high bore axis. I have seen people that do professional stippling grind it off though

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3 hours ago, CDRNorth said:

I was thinking of sanding mine down, but is that legal in carry optics?

Yes

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I did the same thing to my x5 and took it down with a dremel tool.

 

I think it is a hand size thing. My 2011's dig into my hand there too and I always try to round off the edges of the grip safety and thumb safety.

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Hello: I ground the grip in that area as well. Coming from 2011's with undercut grips and big hands seems to be the problem. Thanks, Eric

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I used my Dremel with sanding drums to contour mine. I started with 320, 400, 600 and finished hand sanding it with 1000 and 1200 grit sandpaper.

 

Its more comfortable now compared to stock.

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I took mine off on my x-carry frame. It was mostly digging into my lower knuckle from working the slide catch. I haven't gotten around to doing it on my x-5 though, would this be legal for production? I know you can do some minor changes to the grip but not a lot

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Have the same issue and thought about getting rid of it, will be breaking out the Dremel and keeping it now....

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On 3/23/2019 at 4:17 PM, PewPewJohnson87 said:

never bothered me, sounds like you might be over gripping the module with your strong hand. maybe try relaxing your grip a little with the strong hand

Exactly correct

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On 5/27/2019 at 7:37 PM, NoJams38 said:

Exactly correct

Do you guys have baby hands?

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Im going with baby hands. Or you hold the gun sideways. Which I guess you could argue that is the proper way to grip a gun...

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i removed it myself (on both plastic and tungsten grip), using a very sharp knife and by going slow and checking constantly for fit

 

it is perfect now

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I thought I was the only one with discomfort on my right thumb knuckle. Will try removing some material...

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