Why do you care what someone else thinks? The manufacturer must have thought the Pachmayr was a suitable grip for the gun. The manufacturer hires engineers and armorers to make such decisions. Who knows more about weapons engineers and armorers or keyboard commandos?
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For looks they can turn some off. For functionality, they are great! (IMHO) The Pachmeyers were/are made in several renditions; the original Jordans (no finger grooves), the Grippers (with finger groves and covered back strap) and the Professionals (finger grooves and open back strap).
I prefer the Grippers because of my large hands. Smaller hands usually like the professionals
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The benefit of rubber grips is unlike wood they don't slip or slide when covered in blood or sweat or water. Downside is the thing that makes them stick also sticks them to clothing making ccw draws iffy at best under stress.
I don't use rubber grips for ccw guns or guns hidden or covered by clothing but they are fantastic for open carry.
You won't see sticky tape or rough stipling on my concealed guns. I like hard plastic or rough checkered wood for ccw purposes.
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The problem with being stupid is you cannot simply decide to stop doing dumb things...
I love the Colt 1911 weighted Pachmyer mono grip. I "hate" the "target" Pachmyers on Colt revolvers because they are awkwardly shaped, and they kill the classic looks. If I ever need to pull rubber on mine... Hogue please.
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