Not everyone is a fan of rubber stocks or their derivatives (Neoprene, Santoprene, etc.,) They tend to cling to cover garments, impeding the access stroke, and their spongy “give” makes getting a optimum grip when rushed less likely. Additionally, most rubber stocks cover the snub’s backstrap in order to reduce recoil and are subsequently of such bulk as to negate much of the snub’s concealment. Almost all are just as poorly relived for speedloaders as the majority of wood or plastic stocks. Uncle Mike’s licensed copy of Spegel’s Boot Grip is the notable exception. Regardless, there is a certain percentage of snub owners who are determined to “cling” to their rubber stocks. For those shooters I would like to offer a few tips passed along to me by several students. Hopefully these tips will at least mitigate some of the limitations of rubber stocks.
First, many shooters try to re-contour the stocks so that they will work adequately with speedloaders. Many shooters do this by trying to carve away some of the rubber material with a small knife. The results often look like the desperate work of a starved chipmunk. Consider an alternative method. Store the rubber stocks in the freezer for a few days until they are slightly stiff. Then remove the excess material with a dremel tool®. With care, the stocks can be properly relived for speedloaders and with a fine finished look that isn’t “chewed up.”
Second, try this tip from William Bellman of Pennsylvania. To retaining the comfort of recoil absorption but to overcome the tendency of the stocks to stick in the pocket or cling to a cover garment, first clean them with lighter fluid. Only after the lighter fluid has completely dried and evaporated then paint the stocks with satin finish polyurethane. The trick is to dry the urethane in the bright sunlight. The resulting finish is smooth without being clingy while retaining the cushion “give” the original stocks offered. When these tips are applied in combination the results can produce a very servable set of rubber stocks.