Ive made no secret of not liking the ergonomics of the 13xx/22xx and now the Prod ergonomics. The grip is too small, the foregrip is too skinny and the 1399 (1389?)carbine stock is just a shade too lengthy no matter what I have it on. How do smaller framed shooter use the thing?.
The P-rod takes care of the foregrip issue, mostly as it has a wider part with pebbling. (and the be fair the 2289 foregrip is also good) But the 2250 and the 1377 fore arms, are uh, too small, not having the heft to make you feel you have a good grip or enhance the pumping effort.
The pistol grip on all the platforms is the worst part, makes my hand work overtime tyring to get a decent purchase and keep it. Ive tried using bondo to make a custom formed grip, Ive shaped and glued onto the stock's grip area wooden panels... it was a ton of work for not much pay back (might just have been my wood working skills at the time though).
But I have found an acceptable solution for the grip issue. and its very inexpensive: Grip tape
Two piece of grip tape (out lined in orange to show them better) grab your hand and "velcro" it to the grip. The top piece wraps around the other side like you see on this side, and rides on the web of your hand. The square piece works on your palm. While it adds almost nothing to increase the "heft" you feel in your hand or how it fills your hand, it greatly impoves how you feel the gun in your hand. I will put a small strip down the center of the bottom of the foregrip, as it offers benefits there too.
The only downside is, since it essentially locks your hand to the tape once you grab it, is you have to grip and release a couple of times occasionally to get the hold you want.
Locally a 2" wide by 1 foot long strip was ~$1.50 or so. The low cost means you can experiment with how much and where to use it.
I figure this will reduce my grumbling about the ergos of the aformention airgun formats, at least till I can convince the custom grip makers to get us some good (and cool, and of course, _red_ )grips we can just bolt on over the factory stock.
I starting cutting down the carbine stock last night, cut off 2 inches and glued on a 3/4 wood buttstock. Hopefully this week I can give a report on better ergonomics all 'round
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