Pistol Trigger Grip
in (measured inner side)
in (measured tip to tip)
oz (with lanyard)
Stainless steel locking
Softorx™ handle, lanyard
When I first picked up the
TEC Pistol Trigger Grip, my first thoughts were this gripper feels solid and
well made. Berkley makes use of a high grade stainless steel for their new
gripper and the handle is made from a Softorx™
material. When I grasped the pistol handle it felt comfortable in my hand
with a good fit and the trigger was within easy reach of my index finger.
Introducing the new Berkley TEC Pistol
Trigger Grip tool
The TEC Pistol gripper
weighs 6.6 ounces with the lanyard attached and is eight inches in length. The
pistol handle length is 3.6 inches measured from the inside, and the jaw are 0.8
inches in width from the inside, tip to tip.
A sheath and lanyard is included
Included in the package is
a nice lanyard to put around your wrist and a quality holster to store the
Pistol Trigger Grip when not in use. The holster’s back side incorporates a belt
clip that swivels to allow you to push it to an angle when kneeling or sitting
to get it out of the way.
The red parts on the TEC tool is Berkley's
Softorx™ rubber material
Field Tests: We
only tested the TEC Pistol gripper against largemouth bass but given its size, I
feel it can be applied to other freshwater and saltwater species. During our
field tests we were able to apply the lipping tool to over fifty fish including
some good sized largemouth bass.
Stainless steel is used for the jaws and body
The Berkley TEC Pistol Trigger Grip is very easy to use. When it’s time to land
a fish, you can quickly draw the gripper from the holster and put your index
finger on the trigger to unlock and open the jaws. Release the trigger once the
jaws are in place and it’ll lock onto the fish’s lip. At this stage the jaws
will not open unless the trigger is pressed. Once you have the fish on the Grip
you can just hold onto the handle to bring the fish onboard.
Easy to use and fits nicely in your hands
The TEC Pistol gripper
doesn’t come with a swiveling head design which would be nice especially when
the fish starts to thrash around or roll while it’s lipped. A rotating design
would eliminate any stress placed on the fish or the wrist and make the tool all
the more useful and convenient.
The jaws when closed
Another area for
improvement or enhancement would be the option of a built in scale. With the TEC
Pistol Grip, if you want to get your catch’s weight you need to use another
tool. This can be a bit troublesome and time consuming if you’re in a hurry to
get your line back in the water. If Berkley designed a scale into the Pistol
Trigger Grip that would make it a multi-purpose tool.
The jaws open to 0.8 inches in width from tip
In terms of usage the
trigger design is great for rookie anglers. On countless occasions I’ve been
caught asking my boat guests to use my Lipper, a tool that requires the user to
use two fingers or two hands to open the jaws, and many of them could not figure
out how to operate it. The Pistol Trigger design is very straightforward and
intuitive allowing anyone picking it up for the first time to use it without