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I've been carrying my 239 a lot lately, nearly every day, I really like this pistol for concealed carry. There is nothing I don't like about this pistol, but it would be nice if the grips were a tiny bit grippier, especially if that could be accomplished without changing the width or natural point ability in the hand.

Originally I considered the Hogue rubber wraparound with finger grooves since I really like them on handguns like the Ruger MK series or S&W revolvers, they looked thick and I worried the finger grooves would mess up pulling the gun up to my eye, and they just didn't look, well Siglike if thats a thing. I looked around some more and decided I didn't want wood unless they were factory which are nearly impossible to find or Nill's, but those are way out of the price range. During my search I stumbled across Hogue G10 [Extreme Series] pictures and I liked them so I did more research.



Before I get into the G10's any more I want to mention a few issues I had with the facory grips, although minor they still left me wanting more. The first and biggest issue was where the grips come to a sharp turn in what might be considered the beavertail, only on the body side (left) it had a sharp point that dug into my love handle. Originally I thought it might be the hammer that I wasn't used to but after a while I figured it out. Boy was it sharp. I tried to sand it and cut the sharp part off with a knife but if I did much more I would ruin the grips.

I really like how the facory grips feel in the hand and the face of them is great for riding against the body. The only problem with them overall was the lack of texture. I would love to see the Sig E2 or even 320 grip texture on these and I would have picked up a set in a second. Despite the 239 fitting my hand so well I was a little worried about sweaty hands and keeping my POA while firing, it gets really hot here in summer months.

The last and least and almost pointless gripe, if you can call it that, was how the grips fit the front of the frame. I know it was only about 3/32 off on each side but I noticed it visually and maybe I was imagining it tactilely. Yep that's an actual word and no I didn't make it up.



So I ordered the G10 Extreme Grips in hoping to solve my issues and although I haven't carried with them yet they feel good and look good. The most important part is they no longer dig into my side on the beavertail part of the grips. Who wants an uncomfortable carry gun? Not me!

The G10 grips are checkered which helps with grip ability, there's really no comparison in the before and after. The back strap is also checkered so that's also a plus(239's have factory checkered front strap). One of the characteristics of G10 that makes is important when used as a grip material is its increased texture when wet, the wetter it gets the stickier it gets, smooth G10 is no exception. In fact smooth G10 is probably more noticeably grippy when wet.

The only thing about these grips that may cause an issue for some is the checkering on the body, I did read about that in a few cases. Now FY your I, these also come in smooth G10, which I may add to my next 239, as well as a much more aggressive Piranha Grip. As far as these checkered ones go, if they are too aggressive Hogue recommends using 320 grit sandpaper to take the top of the diamonds off and then you can wipe with a little oil to bring back the color. I may do this depending on what my side says. Or you can wear a t-shirt.

Last and as I said before, least worrisome is the gap at the edge of the front strap. You can see the before and after where I pointed to it with the pencil. I swear I can tell the difference, almost like it's rounded more in my hand. Maybe not but it does look more finished.



They look fantastic and much more Siglike now. You can see where the texture picked up a little lint from the microfiber I wiped the shipping oil off with.



The back shows the seam and although it may not look like it they match perfectly. They also smooth right into the grip of the gun where the web of your hand makes contact. Yes it was sprinkling when I took the photo, no thats no oil.



Still fits my hand well and it didn't increase the thickness any as far as I can tell. If you care about aesthetics you can zoom in on the photos and see the layers of G10 which IMO add some character to the gun. I'm diggin' it!



This photo shows how the magazine fits almost flush, or to look at it another way the grippiness comes way down to the bottom of your hand. Not much difference in this and factory except that these are grippier so it may infact make a difference not having smooth material down there when shooting. It also works as a magwell which is awesome for a carry gun. Yep the originals did this too but I thought I'd point it out in case you're really wanting a Sig 239 right about now. :biggrin:



These aren't as cheap as other options, but they don't look it either and have a lot of bang for the buck. See what I did there? G10 is very durable so these ought to last as long as the pistol. They come in numerous colors such as Black, OD Green and Gray and Black, but everybody knows black is the best color for guns. Whether you have a 239 or you have another Sig model, Hogue makes these G10 Extreme Grips for your gun. If you don't have a Sig 239....what are you waiting for?

Chris~ WASP
 

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Although all of what I said above is true, now I'm doubting myself and wondering if I wouldn't be happy or happier with the smooth.
 

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When I got my first 239 a few years ago, It had checkered Walnut Hougue grips. I went from those to Hogue rubber, to a set of Smooth G-10s. And I find I went back to the original Walnuts. Old Fashioned guy, I guess.
 
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I've got the G10 checkered on most of my SIGs. I like them because they look very similar to SIG Sauer factory grips from the '70's and '80's. The fit is near perfect with Hogue's grips.
 

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I recently got a used set of blue Hogue Extreme Aluminum grips for my other P239. They feel the same as the G10, except you can initially feel that the aluminum grips are cold. I haven't shot it yet with the new grips so I don't know how much they heat up during live fire. We'll see on Tuesday but I'm guessing the G10 material is still the way to go. Hogue really makes a great product for gun-owners.

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Wasp, I agree 100%, on the class exhibited by the Hogue G-10s. I really can't see any purpose for the smooth G-10s, unless a person was adept enough with the material to create some sort of texture. Maybe something along the lines of another grip manufacturer, such as VZs Frag type texture. Otherwise to me the smooth seems worthless.

USMC6872, I appreciate the look, and class that wood offers too. Some Cocobolo, and other exotic hardwoods are absolutely beautiful. In many cases, because of the natural grain beauty, it seems inappropriate to disturb the grain with checkering. Unfortunately, smooth wooden grips in most cases don't provide a secure grip, unless contoured to fit the hand, like finger grooved combat grips on a S&W round butt revolver.
 
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bblr... don't freeze your junk off with a IWB holster in the dead of winter... and I know it "can" get cold there in the winter...
 

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I Special ordered a P239 Niteon in 357Sig with a DAK Trigger back in November 2014. By the time it was made and shipped Sig was no longer allowed to use the original grips that came from Europe and switched those for the Crappy/Cheap Rubber Finger Grips. I got lucky and found a set of Hogue Extreme G10 Checkered Grips without the cut out for the Decocker on Black on Ebay. I switched the rubber one for those. The model I got are no longer being made by Hogue. I've never looked back. Later I was able to get a set of the Original Grips that came from Europe to use as a back up or if I decide to switch.
 

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When I got my first 239 a few years ago, It had checkered Walnut Hougue grips. I went from those to Hogue rubber, to a set of Smooth G-10s. And I find I went back to the original Walnuts. Old Fashioned guy, I guess.
A few weeks ago there were a set of those on Ebay that were made for the DAK Trigger. at the time I first saw them the bidding was at $75.00. I had planned on bidding on them on the last day but forgot. Wish I could find out what they finally went for, I would have gone beyond $125.00 if I had to.
 

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Wasp, I agree 100%, on the class exhibited by the Hogue G-10s. I really can't see any purpose for the smooth G-10s, unless a person was adept enough with the material to create some sort of texture. Maybe something along the lines of another grip manufacturer, such as VZs Frag type texture. Otherwise to me the smooth seems worthless.

USMC6872, I appreciate the look, and class that wood offers too. Some Cocobolo, and other exotic hardwoods are absolutely beautiful. In many cases, because of the natural grain beauty, it seems inappropriate to disturb the grain with checkering. Unfortunately, smooth wooden grips in most cases don't provide a secure grip, unless contoured to fit the hand, like finger grooved combat grips on a S&W round butt revolver.
I like how the checkered fells okay but it picks up a lot of lint and I haven't even CCed it yet. I like the smooth okay. They are a little plain but no worse than factory except they don't say Sig. I like their looks just fine. I almost want to send these back but I'm afraid I might not like them then I wouldn't have these. lol I'm usually not indecisive but I'm perplexed an while they're new is the time to decide.

Were the smooth any thicker than the checkered?
 

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I have G10 Piranhas in black/gray on my P239. They don't collect lint. The collect skin. (ouch!)
 

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I like how the checkered fells okay but it picks up a lot of lint and I haven't even CCed it yet. I like the smooth okay. They are a little plain but no worse than factory except they don't say Sig. I like their looks just fine. I almost want to send these back but I'm afraid I might not like them then I wouldn't have these. lol I'm usually not indecisive but I'm perplexed an while they're new is the time to decide.

Were the smooth any thicker than the checkered?
I don't have any "smooth" to compare, but I imagine the "checkered" started out as "smooth" until the CNC Checkering toolhead started cutting, the same as the Piranha, and possibly even the Chain Link... it would be interesting to glimpse their manufacturing process.
 
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Wasp, I know that I "wet sanded" the G-10 checkered grips for my P225, and they don't gather "lint" as bad. I don't know if a little extra fine abrasive grit worked with a toothbrush in the checkering area would "smooth" the diamonds enough, to eliminate "lint attraction".
 
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Wasp, I agree 100%, on the class exhibited by the Hogue G-10s. I really can't see any purpose for the smooth G-10s, unless a person was adept enough with the material to create some sort of texture. Maybe something along the lines of another grip manufacturer, such as VZs Frag type texture. Otherwise to me the smooth seems worthless.

USMC6872, I appreciate the look, and class that wood offers too. Some Cocobolo, and other exotic hardwoods are absolutely beautiful. In many cases, because of the natural grain beauty, it seems inappropriate to disturb the grain with checkering. Unfortunately, smooth wooden grips in most cases don't provide a secure grip, unless contoured to fit the hand, like finger grooved combat grips on a S&W round butt revolver.
I had a Set of the Smooth G-10s and those were very good. The reason I took them off was that they caused too much pounding into the web of my thumb compared to the other grips when I was shooting 357 SIG for Range qualification. The Checkered Walnut seemed to be the best for my shape of hand.

Still, I have to admit that the G-10 were more substantial then the standard Plastic.
 

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I carried it a couple more times and still haven't sanded the texture yet. I do plan to but only incrementally. I do appreciate the texture and how it looks.

I do want a set of the smooth for my next 239 since I want a clone. Maybe I can talk them into doing a Jade set, I'd pay extra. :)
 

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Wasp, you mean green, as shown below? Hogue #31168, which is $84.96 @ Optics Planet...
 

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Wasp, I've been debating the same thing for my 239. It looks so clean and classy with the black G-10's, I think you sold me on the idea. I was also a bit worried about skin irritation but sounds like a little sandpaper is the way to go.
 

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Wasp, I've been debating the same thing for my 239. It looks so clean and classy with the black G-10's, I think you sold me on the idea. I was also a bit worried about skin irritation but sounds like a little sandpaper is the way to go.
I haven't used the sandpaper yet, on my third or fourth day carrying it and honestly it isn't as bad as I initially perceived it. I wear my gun in a Cooks kydex IWB holster so it rides really close, and at 4 o'clock too. I will probably hit the top of the diamonds on the checkering but not too much. I am really liking them the longer I carry them.

I do want smooth, but in addition to these not instead. Guess I'll have to get another 239.:D

Don't be scared you'll like them.
 
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