Hogue grip reshaping/trimming/shaving question.

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by Poink88, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    I just received my (new to me) used S&W 5906 with hogue (rubber like) grip. While it is okay, it is a bit fat and I believe it will feel much nicer (for me) if I can "gouge" the area where my thumb rests and similarly on the opposite side. I need that area "shaved" a little and wondering if anyone knows the best way to do it.

    Thank you.
     
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  3. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    Thanks but I don't think the described process will work with the Hogue grip...it has a real cushiony rubber feel not hard or vinyl like feel. Not sure if it will lend itself to sanding but I can try with a Dremel I suppose.
     
  4. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    You'll need a razor sharp X-acto hobby knife or some other equally sharp blade and go SLOW and be VERY careful as you go. If you have a sanding drum for your Dremel you can try it but remember it's all too easy to go too far too fast with power tools.
     
  5. Poink88

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    Thanks Bear...I just read online a tip to do it. Before sanding, FREEZE the gun or just the handle first. The frozen (harder) rubber will be more "workable".

    I might try that.
     
  6. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    Wife want us to shoot it as-is for now before I try to modify and possibly mess it. Wise decision IMHO. I also learned that the Hogue grips are not solid rubber, it is laminated with a hard plastic inside.
     
  7. stalkingbear

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    That's the reason they call them "hogue's overmolded". You can still do it if you absolutely got to but it just won't look as nice.
     
  8. Poink88

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    I did the mod using exacto knives and sand paper, and I am so glad I did. It now fits my hand like a used glove and my grip is much improved and consistent. It is amazing what a fraction of an inch shaved here and there can do.

    BTW, yes, it doesn't look as nice now :D but I'd do it again in a heart beat.