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NGIB 04-21-2010 05:14 PM

Revolver grips
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What is your preference in revolver grips - rubber or wood? For me, I like the looks of a wood stocked revolver but I actually prefer shooting them with rubber grips. As far as the rubber grips go, I prefer the Pachmayr to the Hogus as I like the backstrap to be covered as it makes them more comfortable to shoot - especially magnums. One of my favorite grips is the Pachmayr Presentation but they are getting hard to find. They're shaped just like a wood target stock but are very comfortable while shooting. Here's my blued Trooper Mk III wearing both types...

GeauxTigersGuy 04-21-2010 05:24 PM

I think aestetically revolvers need wood grips. Never seen a pair a rubber grips look better than wood on a revolver (IMO). However, given the choice of which to shoot with, I go with rubber all day.

NGIB 04-21-2010 05:29 PM

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I am the same way. I rarely post any pix of my revolvers wearing rubber as they just don't look as nice. I was irritated when S&W started selling their pricey guns wearing cheap Hogue grips. When I bought a S&W, the first thing I did was get a set of "shooting" grips - now I have to get a set of "display" grips - which is a lot pricier. My 617 (a $650 .22, jeebus!) came with cheap rubber grips and I had to go out and buy these so it looked cute...

GeauxTigersGuy 04-21-2010 05:41 PM


Originally Posted by NGIB (Post 273763)
I was irritated when S&W started selling their pricey guns wearing cheap Hogue grips.

Yeah, I've never shot a gun with Hougues on it, but, it almost seems that if S&W is gonna "add" the rubbers, the stock wooden grips should come with the gun as an option added into the package, lol, especially at $650.

CA357 04-21-2010 08:31 PM

My S&W revolvers all wore Ahrends finger groove wood grips except for the missus' model 60 and my model 37. I really like the feel and he does beautiful work.

At this point, my only revolver is my 6" GP100 and Ahrends doesn't make grips for Rugers, otherwise, it would be wearing them. I'm making due with Pachmayr finger groove grips, which I prefer over synthetic Hogues.

I still have the original old style Ruger grips, the rubber grips with the wood insert, but the speedloader cutout hits my thumb kind of weird, hence the Pachmayr's.

The Hogue finger groove grips look too long to me for some reason, but I may buy a set eventually, just because I prefer wood grips on a revolver.

redwingnut 04-21-2010 08:48 PM

I just swiched out my factory grips on my ruger GP-100 for hogue rubber ones. At first on the range i was shooting a little high, but now iam used to them and shooting much tighter groups, vast improvement from the old grips.

MoHawk 04-21-2010 08:58 PM

I switched the factory grip on my Taurus 85 to a Hogue. I like how it fits in my hand, but it prints a little more and since the backstrap is not covered, it is less pleasent to shoot. Wood looks nice on a BFR, but I'd take rubber on a BUG anyday

freefall 04-21-2010 09:09 PM

I'll be the contrarian (shocker) I do NOT care for rubber grips, except for the Taurus ribber grips on my bro-in-laws .357 snubbie. I really like the factory wood grips on my Security Six and also the ones on my Bisley .44. Shot a Super Blackhawk with Pachmeyers one time, hated it. Feels like the gun moves inside the grips.

diggsbakes 04-22-2010 12:32 AM

I think I'm somewhere in the middle. I like wood grips for presentation and shooting, especially if they are properly sized and/or finger grooved. However, some guns (mostly smaller mags) feel great to shoot with rubber grips and are more practical to carry because of no fear of damage.

Some of my wooded grips are custom and they are a joy to shoot with. Some are factory and could be more comfy, but still feel good. :)

canebrake 04-22-2010 01:11 AM

I sure likes me some wood grips. (If I can't get them in snake hide.)

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