know about you, but only having a strap to hold onto
that can swing around in front of the barrel while shooting
makes me nervous.
It’s not uncommon
to find M-11s with bullet holes in the strap from it
swinging out in front of the gun while shooting. There
are even a few cases of people shooting themselves in
the hand because they used the factory strap to hold
onto the gun.
So when I got my M-11/NINE,
I went searching for a decently priced front grip that
was comfortable. I had tried a “K” grip
on a friend’s M-11/NINE and liked it enough to
get one for myself.
I found one on FTF’s
site that looked nice so I ordered it. I am not sure
who made it because there was no manufacture marking
The shipping box was
unremarkable from the outside, which is a good thing
since you don’t want post office employees with
sticky hands to get some thing for free. The package
was packed with shipping papers and old catalog pieces
that seem to have provided sufficient protection.
The “K” grip
came with a Allen wrench to adjust the “K”
grip's position on the barrel.
(Note from Concorde: To get it to line up on your
particular gun, screw the grip assembly
onto the barrel, then loosen the 1/8" Allen screw at the top and rotate
the grip until vertical... then retighten the Allen screw.)
The “K” grip
easily installs onto the threaded front portion of the
M-11/NINE’s barrel. Unfortunately it can easily
unscrew also. This is a problem related to thread type
and size used on the M-11/NINE’s stock barrel
and not the product it self.
The finish that they
used on the metal parts seems cheap and comes off with
the slightest scrape. The plastic seems to be of decent
quality and is sturdy enough that normal use won’t
break it. Just don’t over tighten it or smash
it with a hammer. The grip won’t win any beauty
contest but that’s not the reason I purchased
When shooting with the
“K” grip I noticed it improves controllability
tenfold over what the factory strap provides. The grip
even has a little notch in front of the grip to prevent
the shooter from moving fingers out in front of the
Some things I disliked
about the grip while shooting was that your hand can
come into contact with the metal portion that threads
onto barrel. This can get very hot after a magazine
or two and I have burned myself a time or two. A solution
to this problem may be to cover the area with a nomex
sleeve of some sort.
Another thing I disliked
about the grip was that it can unscrew easily. This
isn’t the grips fault though; it’s a fault
of the M-11/NINE’s factory thread size.
Overall the FTF “K”
grip is a decent alternative to the factory front strap.
It won’t win any beauty or quality contest, but
it serves its purpose as a functional grip well.