First TALON Grip is cut out by hand using an Exacto Knife and a sheet of skateboard tape for Derik’s standard duty issue Glock 21. After showing to fellow deputies at work, everyone wanted one for their Glock 21 and now, we had a template.
First TALON Grip is sold via eBay and the business is born.
July 24th, TALON Grips makes it first appearance on the Hickok45 Youtube Channel. He is shooting a Glock 27 at the Gong at 230 yards. Small plug at the end of the video... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmMEg4y54Dk
The 9mm and .40 caliber Glocks were added. They were named Glock Large (20/21), Glock Standard (17, 22, etc.), Glock Compact (19, 23, etc.), and Glock Sub-Compact (26, 27, etc.) At this time we were offering 4 different models of TALON Grips that were cut by hand.
TALON Grips implemented Die Cutting to create grips in bulk. We found a Die Cutting shop in the Northwest and would send out our prototypes. These were then cast into a die and cut. We were still just using skateboard tape and we would have the rolls sent to the manufacturer and he would cut then return the final products to us for sales and distribution.
The Glock line of grips was completed and we began to branch out into the Springfield XD line. Now we were up to 7 Glock Grips and 3 Springfield XD grips (10 total).
TALON Grips Granulate material is finalized. No more "skateboard tape" we now have a material meant to stick to polymer and come off clean. It is also much thinner and more pliable than "skateboard tape."
TALON Grips Patent Application is sent in for "Wraparound Gun Grip"
TALON Grips for Kahr and Kel-Tec firearms are introduced for the first time.
TALON Grips Rubber material is introduced. It is less than .5 mm thick and very pliable. Great grip and more versatile than the granulate version
TALON Grips for Ruger models is introduced with the LCP and LC9.
TALON Grips moves away from Die Cutting into Laser Cutting to create more intricate designs and move production in house.
TALON Grips uses improved design capabilities to design front wrap grips that will fit multiple backstrap sizes for XD(M) and Smith and Wesson M&P.
TALON Grips for the Beretta Nano are released. This model is immediately successful and proves to be a popular seller.
TALON Grips for M&P Shield made available. This would build to be a top seller for years to come.
Patent was granted and assigned as US8181378 B2
TALON Grips, Inc. is formed as a Colorado Corporation and Mike Morris takes over as President of TALON Grips. At this time we had 30 different grip designs from Glock, Springfield, Kahr, Kel-Tec, Beretta, Smith & Wesson, and Ruger.
TALON Grips for Springfield XD-S now available. This would prove to be a top seller for the Springfield line of TALON Grips.
TALON Grips relocates to current office location.
TALON Grips started selling retail apparel including Hats, Tees and Koozies.
TALON adds 5th laser to production line.
TALON Grips launches new website for improved shopping experience and quicker order processing.
TALON Grips launches dealer network with a handful of dealers across the US.
TALON Grips releases its 70th grip model. Lines now offered include Glock, Springfield, Kahr, Kel-Tec, Beretta, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, AR grips, FNH, Walther, CZ, Taurus, H&K, Steyr and Sig Sauer.
TALON Grips exhibits at SHOT Show as part of the Line of Fire booth.
TALON Grips receives 4.81/5 on review conducted by members of the National Tactical Officers’ Association (NTOA).
Recoil magazine cover shot features a model with TALON Grips on an XD(M).
Guns & Ammo AR-15 magazine features a 3 page editorial on TALON Grips titled “Grab Hold! TALON GUN GRIPS HELPS YOU HOLD ON.”
TALON Grips announces a redesign of the entire Glock line of grips. The redesign features improved coverage all around and a highly requested logo cutout for the Glock emblem.
TALON Grips is a first time exhibitor at SHOT Show.
TALON Grips launches redesign of Springfield XD grips.
Combat Handguns magazine features a CZ Scorpion Evo3 with TALON Grips on the cover.
TALON Grips makes grips for over 200 different platforms including tasers, cell phones, and 22 different firearm manufacturers.
TALON Grips participated in SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range where attendees were able to test our grips on a live fire range.
TALON Grips goes international shipping grips to more than 220 countries worldwide.
TALON Grips new production equipment goes live resulting in quicker production times and zero off-gassing.
TALON Grips are launched at 70+ Cabela's stores nationwide.
TALON Grips signs on RSR our first major firearms distributor.
TALON Grips was named as one of the Top 3 Made in Colorado businesses by Colorado Biz.
TALON Grips are featured on cover photo of Guns & Ammo.
TALON Grips releases Rubber-Moss grips.
TALON Grips featured in four images in Annual Glock Calendar.
TALON Grips launches new version of TALON TALK eNewsletter.
TALON Grips opened Amazon and eBay Stores to reach new demographic of customers.