Adding a Silicon Carbide Grip to Your Pistol

By increasing friction on your gun, it becomes easier for you to maintain better control. There are various methods you can employ for doing this – stippling, using grip tape or chalk are among them.

Silicon carbide may offer more long-term durability compared to its alternatives such as stippling and grip tape; in this article we’ll compare its effects.

Increased Friction

Competition shooters require the best grip possible. There are multiple methods for achieving this: you could run a rubber or G10 grip panel or epoxy on some silicon carbide; both options provide quick solutions without much thought required and can be done within minutes.

Silicon carbide grip’s increased friction can be especially useful in tactical situations where gloves or wetness could impede grip on a firearm. You can apply silicon carbide grip anywhere on your gun where a better hold is desired, from trigger guard to forend – and even with tactical gloves on.

Monocrystalline silicon carbide stands out from most materials as being both hard and brittle with low thermal expansion, making it an excellent mirror material for astronomical telescopes. Due to its rigidity, high hardness, and low thermal expansion rate, it has also become popular as an integral component in sealed magnetic-driven pumps and canned motor pump bushings, helping prevent catastrophic failure and reduce maintenance costs by preventing catastrophic failure.

At various normal loads, a series of friction tests were performed on a new CMC material sliding against sintered silicon carbide at various loads. The test results confirmed that its tribological pair always remains within the EHL regime despite different loads levels.

Stronger Grip

Silicon carbide abrasives offer razor-sharp grains that easily cut through glass and medium-density fiberboard with light pressure, but due to being more brittle and narrower in shape than aluminum oxide they wear down more quickly.

Silicon Carbide ranks 9.1 on the Mohs hardness scale, placing it just behind diamond and cubic boron nitride. This makes it perfect for grinding non-ferrous metals, ceramics and hard materials such as finishing tough materials such as rock tumbling. Furthermore, silicon Carbide can also be found used for rock tumbling, sandpaper production and coating applications among others.

Silicon carbide coating is becoming an increasingly popular choice for gun owners who shoot in tactical or gloved situations, as its unique pattern and texture allows hands to grip the frame more securely – providing an alternative approach to stippling a pistol’s gripping surface.

Grip coating is an easy process that typically takes only an hour or so. First, ensure the item you are coating has an even surface with no drips or bumps. Next, confirm you have enough epoxy–if there’s too much, it may run off. Next, sprinkle silicon carbide powder liberally across your epoxy coat while being careful not to miss any part of your item you are coating.

Once finished, allow your item to sit for some time so the epoxy can cure before handling as normal. Some black color and particles may shed during this timeframe; that is perfectly normal and expected.

Increased Durability

Carborundum is an inert chemical compound comprised of silicon and carbon that forms hard and brittle materials such as moissanite. Although rare gem quality moissanite exists naturally, most commonly it’s used as an industrial abrasive. Carborundum printmaking uses carborundum grit as ink on aluminum plates in place of traditional collagraph printing ink to produce prints from this chemical element.

Carborundum grips are applied with high-performance two part epoxy over areas where your hands come into contact. There are various grades of carborundum available, from 60 to 80 grit, that provide various levels of aggressive grip textures. Sanding steps may then be performed to further reduce grit levels and smooth the surface for improved feel and maximum durability.

Carborundum must be left to cure for half an hour before handling is permitted, during which it will shed both black pigmentation and particles, becoming ready for normal use afterward. This process increases both its tensile strength and abrasion resistance – an important consideration if shooting under wet or gloved conditions is planned.

Easy to Apply

Silicon carbide coating on the grip areas of your pistol is an easy and straightforward process that can increase gripping power while remaining durable. This method also saves time versus traditional stippling methods while looking more professional overall.

To apply a silicone carbide grip, first clean and degrease the surface you intend to cover with epoxy coating, while masking off any areas you do not wish to be covered. Next, apply epoxy and sprinkle silicon carbide powder onto it; once everything is ready to go, spread on some epoxy with silicon carbide powder before allowing the epoxy to set fully before removing masking tape and brushing off any loose powder that remains.

Silicon Carbide (SiC) is an inorganic compound composed of silicon and carbon. While naturally found as moissanite gemstone, synthetically produced SiC can also be found as an abrasive used in ceramic automobile brake pads as well as electronic applications (detector diodes on early radios, detector diode diodes on TV screens etc). Silicon Carbide was one of the first commercially important semiconductor materials and may contain doping such as nitrogen or phosphorus dopants as well as beryllium, aluminium or boron doping for enhanced properties or diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings found on fighter jet engine components or riflescope lenses – such as when making diamond-like carbon (DLC).

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