S&W "J" Frame Question


December 31, 2002, 04:42 PM
Just recently acquired a S&W Model 36,thanks to all who helped on the year of mfg. Had it out to the range today and it's a good shooter,however it's a little nasty on my middle finger with the factory grips,any suggestions? Would prefer something suitable for concealed carry as opposed to larger.
Thanks Melvin

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Mike Irwin
December 31, 2002, 04:51 PM
I have a set of full-size Hogues on my 042.

I don't have any problems concealing it in a pocket holster at all.

Mr. Hankey
December 31, 2002, 05:02 PM
I use these on my chiefs special and I'm quite pleased with them.


Pachmayr’s Compac Grips are made from a specially formulated black rubber compound and are designed to maintain concealability. Although compact in design, Compac Grips still give a shooter total control, Compac Grips provide a secure, non-slip finish. That’s why they are the plainclothes officer’s preferred way to a more positive grip without compromising concealability.

• Shaped to conform to gun design
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• Covered back strap

December 31, 2002, 05:04 PM
sounds like you have the front and backstrap of your gripframe exposed, uncle mikes boot grips and hogue bantams will cover the front strap with finger grooves which may help. But, like Mike said, the full size hogues will definately be the most comfortable ....tom

December 31, 2002, 05:46 PM
What do you have on the gun now? The Uncle Mikes boot grips are pretty good. I have some Eagle Secret Service grips (kind of a boot grip knock off) on my 640 and like them pretty well. The Hogue Bantams look pretty decent and if I had to buy grips again this would be it.

December 31, 2002, 06:07 PM
You can put a grip shoe on it too. I prefer the grip shoe or a set of pachmayr concealer grips.

December 31, 2002, 06:44 PM
I like Hogue Bantam grips. They're pretty much the same size as stock J-Frame grips but they're rubber, a bit softer, and they have a slight palm-swell along with finger grooves. I find they make a world of difference in comfort while practicing. If the size of the grips are not an issue I'd go with some of the larger grips recommended by others here.

Standing Wolf
December 31, 2002, 10:07 PM
I just put a pair of rosewood Badger stocks on my (used) Smith & Wesson model 60. They fit my hand well, don't add a great deal of bulk to the pistol, and look good. Aim your browser at: http://www.gunaccessories.com/Badger/index.asp and pull the trigger.

Standing Wolf
December 31, 2002, 10:13 PM
Let me try posting a picture again. The one I tried an evening or two ago didn't go through. Here's one from the Gun Accessories site immediately above.

Standing Wolf
December 31, 2002, 10:21 PM
Hah! That worked so well, I tried sending the failed image to my web site, then copied it back to my hard drive. We'll see whether it goes through without a Photoshop thumb nail preview. That's a photograph of my model 60 in a bowl of rocks on the kitchen floor, by the bye.

January 1, 2003, 12:13 AM
I have an old Mod 36 (flat cylinder release, pinned barrel) that I re-finished. I put a set of Uncle Mike's boot grips on it. They conceal well, and were cheap enough!

January 1, 2003, 12:23 AM
Spegel boot grips on my M36-7. Nice in the hands & easy to conceal.

January 1, 2003, 01:28 AM

January 1, 2003, 01:45 AM
Eagle Secret Service grips or Ahrend's CCW grips.

January 1, 2003, 11:05 AM
These are Hogues, in Tulipwood. Ignore the evil black semi-auto lurking on the right;)

January 1, 2003, 08:02 PM
I have Uncle Mikes boot Grips on my 640, my wife has UM's Combat Grips on her M60. The Combat Grips are longer and "pointy" and feel better in my hands. The Boot Grips work much better than I thought they would. Both are good.

deputy tom
January 2, 2003, 01:03 AM
I use a Tyler T-Grip adapter on J-frames with the small factory wooden grips with great results.tom.

January 5, 2003, 04:34 PM

January 6, 2003, 02:30 PM

I like these grips. I bought them at a gun show, so I have no idea who made them.

I like these better than the Uncle Mike's Boot grip because my hand would ride up further on the grip with the Uncle Mike's and cause my thumb to be chewed up by the cylinder release on recoil. Not so with these mystery wood grips, plus they look cool(IMHO).


January 15, 2008, 03:46 PM
I'm new to this forum and I recently acquired a Chief's Special (late 70's vintage ) that I like a lot. I quickly discovered that the factory wood stocks were not going to work for me for reasons already discussed by others here. I replaced them with with inexpensive snap-on Hogues which are vbery comfortable. But then I purchased a Safari Land speed loader (Comp I) and found that the grips are in the way.

I wonder if anyone has tried cutting them to trim away the excess material on the left grip that is in the way?

Tyler adapters or Uncle Mike's look like other good options - but I will have to eat the cost of the Hogues already purchased. That is an option my penny-pinching personality and budget would like to avoid. I will do what is necessary, however, to make the speedloader work - but I don't want to make another mistake.

Also, I was surprised how difficult it was to find Uncle Mike's for the Chief. Google turned up nothing, and I finally found them by searching S&W's website. Anyone know anywhere else they can be found?

Best regards,

January 15, 2008, 07:15 PM
After trying the safarilandspeedloader again and looking real careful at where it was hanging up, it seems it may be the cylinder release that is getting in the way. Anyone else have any problems with speedloaders and their snubby?

Best regards,

January 16, 2008, 12:26 AM
Lot of good info here:"Getting a Grip on J-frames!" (http://www.snubnose.info/docs/grips.htm) By Stephen A. Camp

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