My installation experience so far with the Hogue for an S&W Shield 2.0 has been bad. I left the sleeve in boiling water, stretched it with pretty strong hands, used the plastic strip technique ( stupid, as it destroys the OEM packaging) and never got it installed. I'll try again after the New Year. Don't expect a five minute installation. I gave up after 30-40 minutes and I don't like to give up. Maybe the new rough grip surface on the 2.0 Shield will never work with the Hogue sleeve.
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Got a replacement from Hogue.
Exact same installation failure...split.
Contacted them and will see what they suggest.
UPDATE: Customer Service says the large side and back grip inserts ay be too large for the handall jr. sleeve. They're sending me the regular sized Handall Sleeve...hopes it holds togther. They say it say it may need a little trimming on the bottom.
Will see. But probably not bothering with them anymore. Obviously, the large backstrap/side panels expands the dimensions of the grip enough to make installation difficult if not impossible.
If you have installed a handall grip jr to a 30SK with large grip panels...you're a better person than me!
Fortunatley, I'm thnking more and more the HK Grip by itself is just fine...and doesn't really need to be more cushy.
Last edited by drshame; 01-02-2019 at 09:33 PM.
I also bought a short left side slide lock lever and filed it almost flat. I removed the right side lever and filed down the nub that sticks out to hold the right side lever. I wanted to make it as slim as possible. I didn't know if I wanted the p30sk or the p2000sk but with the changes I've made I'm really liking this gun. I still might buy the p2000sk because I really like the look of that gun.
I honestly couldn't care less about how the tube looks on this gun, it's just for carry.
The ergos of the p30 are too good, I removed hogues and love the rubber talons I replaced them with.
Hogue's customer service was great and sent me a 3rd HandallGrip sleeve after the first Jr's tore on installation.
This full sized sleeve for my P30sk looked like it was going to fit nicely.
I carefully got it started onto the grip, and it was even going nicely up the large backstrap.
But the grips' front shelf was very tight and as I carefully pushed/pulled it past the front ledge, IT TORE AGAIN!
Thumbs Up to Hogue for sending me replacement sleeves.
But 3 strikes and you're out.
Not bothering anymore.
The ergonomics of the grips are good, would have liked the extra cushioning but it's certainly not required.
Yes, I am sure there are plenty of customers who've had no problem at all, and I was able to get one on my Shield 2.0 and enjoy the feel of it.
But I'm done for now and will enjoy the excellent ergonomics of the stock grip and move on to other projects.
Last edited by drshame; 01-10-2019 at 05:44 AM.