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Old 01-03-2014, 07:50 PM   #11
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Packmayr makes good grips. They tend to fit the arm for which they are intended. (Not a small issue, by the way.)

They can reduce felt recoil on higher powered arms. They don't stain, rot or suffer damage in the same manner as plastic or wood grips. They're easy to replace and seldom generate any sentimental feelings.

On the down side, as Mr. Wright mentioned, it is hard to adjust one's grip one-handed. If the absolute proper grip is not obtained from the holster, one is out of luck unless the arm can be removed and re-gripped with assistance from the off hand. They can stick to clothing if carried concealed. (Usually ends up pulling my shirt out when it happens.) And I personally find them aesthetically lacking. (That's fancy for 'ugly as sin'.)

However, if they fit your hand and meet your current needs, why spend money on something else? Use them a bit and decide for yourself. If nothing else, you'll have some idea of what YOU don't like about them and what would suit YOUR needs better. What works for me, Mr. Wright or Jerry Miculek may not work for you worth a hoot.

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Old 01-03-2014, 08:14 PM   #12
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The Packmayr rubber "Handle Bar" grips became popular during the handgun Silhouette shooting craze. Heavy recoiling handguns often received damaged frames while shooting from a prone position. Sweaty hands would slip on wooden grips during the long shooting strings.
They were made for utilitarian purposes not looks. They also became popular for hunting in cold inclimate weather. It seems they are not as popular these days. My old S&W 29-2, 8 3/8" .44 Mag still wears a pair of those Black ugly grips.

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Me love them long time!
Same here.. They were the "gold standard" for a very long time...
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Grips of any sort are a personal thing. You really won't know whether they work for you until you test them.
FWIW, I prefer Hogues over Pachmayr for the most part. I feel the texture on Hogues (at least the ones I own) works better for me. They're "grippy" but not overly so. YMMV.
FWIW, I've only ever hated one set of grips, those godawful ugly cheap plastic grip panels that come on the CZ75s. And to be fair, they worked fine, I just couldn't stand to look at them.
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i have used the Pachmyer grips in different styles over the years an they are not bad grips by any means, but have found that the Hogue grips work better for me.

the key to controlling recoil is how well the pistol fits your hand. the better it fits, the much better you will usually shoot with that pistol. and a good set of grips can make a world of difference.
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Originally Posted by robocop10mm View Post
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
I guess I have the Jordans on my S&W 66 then.

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I kinda like them. Of course I've never shot that revolver with different grips on it so its hard for me to accurately compare them.

But they fill my hand well and I perceive less recoil with them.

Also I shoot that revolver (in double action) better than any of my other guns. So I guess I'll keep 'em for now.

As others said, try them out and see if you like them, and go from there.
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I prefer Pachmayr over some other rubber grips.
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I use Pachmayr grips on my Model 29 44mag and Ruger Redhawk 41mag. The checkered grips on the S&W would bloody the heel of my hand after 12-15 rounds and the stock Ruger grips were on the small side for a gun that size. The rubber grips took care of both issues. I kept the wooden grips because I like the way they look, but if I'm shooting either or both of these revolvers, the Pachs are on.
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I have a Hogue on my 629. I tried a Bantam grip. Bad idea. It looked weird because it is a small two finger grip. It was on a big N frame revolver. And it was difficult to control with full power 44 mag. I have a 64-6 that came with Packmayr grips. I wanted to put a Hogue on it. But I ran a cross a beautiful wooden grip that converts from round butt to square butt. I had to do some altering to use my speed loaders. But it works great now. I like Hogue. But I think my Packmayr grips are ugly.
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Old 01-07-2014, 01:28 PM   #20
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I prefer Hogue soft rubber grips too

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