Revolver grips

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by NGIB, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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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...
     

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  2. GeauxTigersGuy

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    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.
     

  3. NGIB

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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...
     

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  4. GeauxTigersGuy

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    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.
     
  5. CA357

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    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.
     
  6. redwingnut

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    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.
     
  7. MoHawk

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    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
     
  8. freefall

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    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.
     
  9. diggsbakes

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    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. :)
     
  10. canebrake

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

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  11. WDB

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    I like wood grips, most of my revolvers are S&W never found anything better than the stock checkered grips. Feel and yes the look. It works for me.
     
  12. Charger Fan

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    Overall, I prefer wood over rubber, for pictures & general appearance.
    Grips vary so much in shape & feel from gun-to-gun, that it's hard to nail down a "definite like" across the board. I agree that rubber grips are often my preference at the range & the Pachmayr Gripper is a great overall rubber grip, but I also like the rubber Hogue on certain guns...but it feels terrible on others.

    While some factory wood grips look good, they don't "feel right" to me at the range. Two classic examples are these two. The Colt grip gets too fat at the bottom & kicks the pinky out too far for a comfortable feel...
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    ...and with a long barrel, these factory Rugers allow too much slip when shooting. They'd probably be just fine with a 5" or shorter barrel.
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    So I use some smooth Herretts, that feel excellent to me & still allow the gun to nose-up in the hand during recoil.
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  13. Charger Fan

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    Like I said, I like rubber Hogues of some guns & they feel perfect on a small frame Dan Wesson.
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    I must say though, that some of the most comfortable grips ever, are these old Porkchop combat grips! They don't look the coolest, but they're sure comfy.
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  14. M14sRock

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    I don't care for rubber grips due to the "sticking" factor. Synthetic or wood makes more sense to me.

    I have the hard plastic Hogues on my S&W M15, but ground off the finger grooves, and lightly adjusted the palmswells. Fits my hand very well.

    Just after S&W stopped using wood on the factory guns I stopped at their booth at SHOT to ask why. They said the reason was two fold.

    1.) Wood was getting too expensive and Uncle Mikes Rubber was dirt cheap. 2.) The wood grips did not always fit perfectly and lots of end users were complaining.
     
  15. pandamonium

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    I would like to get a set of rubber and a set of woods for this, Colt Official Police .38 sp, circa 1947, these are origional plastics and they are way too small for my hand. I'm shopping around but the pickins are kinda slim for this oldie, any body have any suggestions?
     
  16. pandamonium

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    oops forgot to add the pic! duh!
     

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  17. M14sRock

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    You could always try a "Tyler T Grip". I use them on my "J" frames with factory wood.
     
  18. Viking

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    Off topic but those mountains look a lot like the Santa Rosa Range Northeast of Winnemucca, Nevada.
     
  19. Ruzai

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    If I had my choice, a good custom cut wood grip is better than any Hogue grip. Hogues always felt like once you grip the gun your hand cant adjust too easily. I like the Pachmayr because of the way they feel but they are definitely not a presentation worthy set of grips no-matter how you toss it IMHO.
     
  20. Viking

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    When I bought my Redhawk 20+ years ago the stock grips were so small I couldn't stand them so as soon as I could find them I bought Pachmayr grips. They've worn smooth in a few places but are still very comfortable. I have a friend that has a Taurus Tracker 44 mag that he had the stock rubber grips come apart, I told him to get Hogues which he did and he's very happy, they don't feel too bad it's just that I don't care for the Tracker. When I owned a Security Six the grips were a lot like the Redhawks, small, so I made my own out of black walnut which turned out to be very comfortable and looked good too. The reason I happen to like rubber grips like Pachmayr is that here in Oregon I'm often out in rain and snow for extended periods of time and wood grips just don't hold up for me. I will say that S&W makes the best looking factory wood grips, the model 29 I owned really felt good in my hand as well.