Checkered wood and t-grips for a j-frame

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by magnumman, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. magnumman

    magnumman New Member

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    I have had my s&w 442 for a couple of years and really like the gun. It came with the rubber uncle mikes boot grips. They are fairly comfortable in hand. However I just placed an order for some "classic" wood grips on midway. not only do I like the look of wood grips on a revolver, I also think the smaller grips will make the gun better for cc since they do not grab clothing and are smaller than my boot grips. I know they won't do anything for recoil but then again this gun is going to be snappy with any grips that I put on it.

    I have also been looking at Tyler t- grips as well. They seem like they could help with control. I am planning on trying it without the t-grips before I spend the money on them. Have any of you gone this route with your snub? If so, let me know what your thoughts are on this set up.
     
  2. headhunter

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    I own a couple of J frames . The 3" .357 , I've been content with the factory grip. The 63 an old 4" wears a pair of Pachmier(sp?)"gripper" grips with the finger grooves and they work well for hunting and not badly when I pressed it into use for shooting targets. My 36 wears a pair of Herritt -I think they were called "shooting stars" that extend the grip about 3/4" beyond the frame, These wooden grips get you on target faster and do reduce the recoil. They are a bit harder to hide ,but the effort is worth it..
     

  3. John_Deer

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    Wood grips can help with recoil. If you grip the pistol properly (70% weak 30% strong) it should rock in your hand so you can easily cock the gun. When you pull back on the hammer the gun will return to a shooting position.
     
  4. JW357

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    Subbing for pics later on. I also, am a big fan of wood grips on wheel guns. However, my S&W 66 wears Pachmayer grips, simply for recoil absorption. Also, they were $10 and I don't yet feel like shelling out $90 ish for a nice set of wood grips.

    Here's my current grip setup.



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  5. magnumman

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    Well they are on back order until ~10/16 so pics won't be up for a little while. These are actually a laminate grips that look to have a veneer and walnut finish. They are factory replacements. The main reason that I jumped on them is that they are 28 bucks.

    At my lgs, they have a box of grips, mags, and holsters that people gave them with trade-ins. You can usually get whatever you want for $10. They haven't had any j frame grips with the s&w medallion since I have been goin there so I decided to order something.
     
  6. John_Deer

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    Usually I can find the wood grips I want for $35 or less.
     
  7. mountainman13

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    I always keep the original grips but they come off as soon as I purchase.
    If I'm looking for wood I go to numrich. They carry originals.
     

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  8. John_Deer

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    I usually find nice factory grips for ruger revolvers at numrich. It's like when a gun maker quits making a grip numrich ends up with all the left over grips.
     
  9. Donn

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    The stock wood grips on my Model 36 look great and conceal well. That said, they're miserable to shoot. Have a T-Grip on order myself. In the meantime, got a set of boot grips for the J. They're not any longer, but are a little thicker and make shooting a lot less painful.
     
  10. magnumman

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    Let me know how your your dealings with Tyler end up. I know that there are reports all Over the Internet of problems after management change. Those seem to be from a couple of years ago.
     
  11. magnumman

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    The mail man was good to me today. Here they are....



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    I couldn't be more happy with the look. Also I am able to get more of my hand on the gun. Now I just have to see how well I can shoot with them.
     
  12. JW357

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    Excellent! Looks nice man!
     
  13. T grips are good

    The biggest problem with the S&W 'magna' style grips, is the knuckle of the middle finger gets beat silly if the ammo used generates enough recoil. (Usually not too bad with wadcutters.) The Tyler 'T-grip' removes this problem by moving that knuckle out of the way.

    The 'T-grip' also gives a bit more grip area upon which to clutch when shooting. I rather like them, especially for concealment purposes. I also find them aesthetically pleasing, especially for older revolvers.

    I've ordered several 'T-grips' from Tyler in the past couple years. Normally, they don't show up in the mail for six weeks or so, but they always get here.

    Here are a couple of my revolvers utilizing the devices.
     

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  14. Donn

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    No problems here. Got my T-grip within the 7-10 days outlined on the order form. The only inconvenience is you can't order off the website with a credit card. You have to print the order page, fill it out and send it with a check via snail mail. That aside, I have no complaints.
     
  15. magnumman

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    Thanks Donn. I think I'm going to shoot it for a while without the T-grips and see how it feels before I make a decision but I really appreciate the response.

    Montgomery, those are some great looking guns. I love seeing old wheel guns that are actually dressed like old wheel guns. I know what you are saying about the middle knuckle. My model 10 beats up the right hand a little bit. I am sure this 442 will do the same, on the other hand it is a carry gun so I want to keep the dimensions and weight to a minimum, but the T-grips seem like a worthwhile trade off.
     
  16. Doc3402

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    I believe the owner passed away, and one of his sons has taken over. Delivery is a little slow now, but you will get what you order.
     
  17. LeMat

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    I've tried everything - everything grip wise on the J frame. I always, always end up with the Tyler T......

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  18. moneybagzz

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    How much u want for that j frame
     
  19. LeMat

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    Sorry, its not for sale. :)
     
  20. trip286

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    Y'all making me want to go pick up a model 36 just to put a T Grip on.