TALON's founder and my good friend Derik spent many years on Arizona's Lake Powell as both a park ranger and boat sheriff. With typical summertime temperatures exceeding 110 degrees, Derik's sweaty hands became his inspiration for TALON.

As a competition shooter, firearms instructor, and armorer, Derik often observed how others used strips of skateboard tape on their firearm shafts in order to increase control. He imagined a single piece of high quality material which wrapped around the entire grip, including more of the lower assembly. Derik's vision was to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing product with maximum traction and minimum bulk.