ArachniGRIP Slide Spider for Glock and Springfield Pistols

Updated December, 2015 Why didn’t we install the ArachniGRIP Slide Spider sooner? When ArachniGRIP offered to send some of their Slide Spider pistol slide grip enhancers we figured “sure, why not?” […]

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Why didn’t we install the ArachniGRIP Slide Spider sooner?
When ArachniGRIP offered to send some of their Slide Spider pistol slide grip enhancers we figured “sure, why not?”
We put them in the review queue, meaning it would take a month or 3 before we got to them.

Waiting was a mistake.

Had we known how simple and effective the ArachniGRIP Slide Spider would be on our Glock 26, Glock 34, Glock 17, and Springfield XDm 40 pistols, we would have taken the required 52 seconds to install them the day they arrived.

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What is a Slide Spider?

To my untrained eyes an ArachniGRIP Slide Spider appears to be a small piece of friction tape like you would find on a the deck of a skateboard. However, Slide Spider tape is custom cut to match the grip serrations on the slide of specific semi-automatic pistols.

The texture is similar to that of course sand paper, with large, grippy bits of friction material. The back is your typical waxed paper covering a self-adhesive coating.

Inspiration for the ArachniGRIP Slide Spider name should be evident from the picture on the right… it looks like a big spider that you put on the slide of your pistol.

ArachniGRIP Slide Spider install on Jason's Glock 26

ArachniGRIP Slide Spider install on Jason’s Glock 26

Field Report from Jason

“It worked great. I found that it had positive grip on a lot of surfaces, including my pants legs, which allowed for one hand cocking (very useful drill to simulate being shot in one arm).  The only draw back I’ve found is longevity.  The 2 samples I had were placed onto a Glock 26 and Glock 34.  The Glock 26 is normally carried concealed in my N82 professional IWB and the Glock 34 is normally carried in a kydex combat holster.  I ran chambering, and off hand chambering drills using only the grip tape in contact with a surface.  While doing so I did not count the number of cycles they were put through but I would estimate somewhere in the neighborhood of 350-400.  This exercise didn’t phase the grip tape, but riding against other gear or against my duty belt did.  They started to peel back first on the leading edge on top and then on the sides at the bottom of the slide serrations.
Overall though, I was impressed.  They gripped pretty well and with normal use would probably last a good while.”

What does the ArachniGRIP Slide Spider do?

Simple. The Slide Spider provides improved grip on the slide of a semi-auto pistol. If you have ever tried to rack the slide of a Glock 17 with cold, wet or dirty hands, then you know how challenging it can be to get a strong enough hold on the slide to fully cycle it. Strategically adding a low profile, high friction grip surface to a pistol slide can be a big benefit.

Other Slide Spider benefits include:

  • Easier weapons manipulation for those with weaker hands, like younger or elderly shooters
  • Enhanced ability to rack the slide off of other objects that might otherwise slip, like walls, metal or wood railings, tables, fences, door frames, etc.
  • Improved aesthetics. Yes, I admit that I find the ability to have custom printing on the Slide Spider to be rather cool
ArachniGRIP Slide Spider install on JJ's XDm 40

ArachniGRIP Slide Spider install on JJ’s XDm 40

Who should use the Slide Spider?

While our testing and experience show the ArachniGRIP Slide Spider ‘s effectiveness for EDC use, we can also see the additional grip on the slide as a big benefit to anyone that has smaller hands or less than Herculean strength. Lets face it, some slides take considerable grip and strength to cycle reliably. Older shooters, younger shooters, shooters of a more slight stature would all benefit from a little extra grip on their slide.

So far we have installed Slide Spiders on 3 Glock pistols and a Springfield XDm-40, all of which are carried in concealment holsters a lot, used them for a couple of months and found them to work as advertised on all 4 pistols. At this point we haven’t found any real down sides to using the Slide Spider since it makes weapons manipulation easier in a variety of situations. If you own a pistol that a slide spider will fit on, then it seems like a no-brainer to order a set and install them. At $20 per set (Slide Spider + spare) you could even split a set with a friend. The ArachniGRIP Slide Spider is priced right to make a great stocking stuffer, birthday present, or custom gift for any pistol shooter that ArachniGRIP makes a Slide Spider for.

Where to buy Slide Spiders

The full line of ArachniGRIP Slide Spider are available directly from Here is a link to Amazon, where model selection varies, but prices are great: Smith & Wesson M&P Slide spiders are also available via Amazon Prime.

What guns will the Slide Spider fit on?

As of this writing, that includes semi-automatic pistols from:

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Screen capture of ArachniGRIP Slide Spider installation video – Glock 17 with Tru Glow sights

For some brands, makes and models there is a different slide spider cut for each model. For others, like Glock, the slide serrations are the same for all double stack Glocks, so the same ArachniGRIP Slide Spider will work on all of these models:
Glock 17
Glock 19
Glock 20
Glock 20sf
Glock 21
Glock 21sf
Glock 22
Glock 23
Glock 25
Glock 26
Glock 27
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Glock 29
Glock 29sf
Glock 30
Glock 30s
Glock 30sf
Glock 31
Glock 32
Glock 33
Glock 34
Glock 35
Glock 37
Glock 38

While the Single Stack Glock model fits the Glock 42 and Glock 43

What is the down side to the Slide Spider?

In our use so far we haven’t really found any down sides to using the ArachniGRIP Slide Spider on Glock or Springfield handguns. We have noticed that the way the Springfield XDm 40 sits in it’s Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB holster the edge of the holster rubs against the Slide Spider. After a few days this friction rubbed a hole in the ArachniGRIP slide spider. There have been no ill effects, as it is a very small rub spot which is surrounded by intact friction material. Slide Spider knows that the friction tape won’t last forever, so they include a spare Slide Spider with each purchase. Order one and you will receive two.

ArachniGRIP Slide Spider install on Glock 17 with Tru Glow sights

Screen capture of ArachniGRIP Slide Spider installation video – Glock 17 with Tru Glow sights

How to install the ArachniGRIP Slide Spider
Installation is pretty simple.:
Make your pistol safe by removing the magazine and clearning the chamber.
Put the ammo in another room so you don’t accidently re-load the pistol (sounds silly, but better safe than sorry)
Without removing the waxed paper backing, align the ArachniGRIP Slide Spider with the grooves on your pistol slide. This should be an exact fit. If it does not fit perfectly, then you likely have the Slide Spider backwards or you have an aftermarket rear sight installed that requires a bit of Slide Spider trimming. Trimming is easily done with scissors or a sharp knife.
Use the included alcohol swab to clean the area
Once perfectly aligned, remove one side of the waxed paper. Working from the top center of the slide, press the ArachniGRIP Slide Spider into position, aligning the fingers of the ArachniGRIP Slide Spider with the grooves on the pistol slide as you go.
Then remove the other side of the waxed paper and repeat pressing the ArachniGRIP Slide Spider into position, from the center down to the ends of each finger.
And that is it. Easy, huh?

What if I don’t like the ArachniGRIP Slide Spider?
No worries. It is just a sticker. Peal it off and rub off any adhesive that might still be on the slide. It is pretty inexpensive, so not a lot of risk here.

Gear Score
The ArachiGRIP Slide Spider is a solid addition to semi-auto pistols at a fair price. If durability were a bit better, this would be a 4.5 or 5.0

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