SP101....what grips do you like?


January 2, 2006, 10:47 PM
I just picked up a Sp101 in high gloss stainless...2", bobbed hammer....

What grips do you have on your SP101? I don't particularly like the stock grips and was considering Hogues...but there are some nice wood grips out there too....

This gun will not be carried....but will be my night stand gun and possibly the in the car gun.....

Photos would be great! Thanks...

:rolleyes: By the way....I went to the gunshop to pick up a SW 640 that I had been looking at for a few weeks....this SP just came in two days ago....

It had my name on it......;)

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P. Plainsman
January 2, 2006, 11:23 PM
For an SP101 to be used as a house gun, I can confidently recommend the Hogue rubber monogrip. Bad for concealment, excellent for shooting.

I also like the Pachmayr Compac grip; that is what my SP wears. Hard, rounded, pebbled rubber. It's secure and comfortable. Could be concealed in a pinch, though it, too, is not the best for CCW.

If you don't like rubber grips, consider one of Hogue's wood grips; dozens of different styles.

There are other, fancier options for SP101 wooden grips from smaller grip makers. I know little about them. People 'round here post pics of superb looking SP101 setups from time to time; hopefully they'll chime in.

January 2, 2006, 11:25 PM
Hogues are fantastic. I haven't found any better, esp. for rapid fire magnum work.

January 2, 2006, 11:34 PM
If I never carried mine concealed, I'd put the Hogue rubbers back on it. It was a dream to shoot with those. The factory grips are still good, and they're easier to conceal. I have the .38 Special model, so the recoil from even stout +P loads is manageable.

I wouldn't put wood grips on mine if you paid me.


January 3, 2006, 02:09 AM
Hogue +3

January 3, 2006, 12:18 PM
Eagle Secret Service- uncheckered

January 3, 2006, 02:51 PM
Hogue rubber or wood and the Pachmayr now sold through Lyman is a great grip. I have both and it's a toss up. The Pachys are a little more concealable and give good cushion from 357s. But the Hogues point better and give better control.:)

January 3, 2006, 03:17 PM
Uncle Mike's Butler Creek boot grips, which unfortunately are no longer manufactured due to a licensing dispute with Craig Spiegel.

January 3, 2006, 03:27 PM
I like the factory grips, but I replaced the standard issue plastic inserts with rosewood ones from Ruger: http://www.ruger.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10051&storeId=10051&categoryId=13669&productId=18505&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=13668&lastCatId=null

January 3, 2006, 03:36 PM
pachmayr compacs, for carry. They're a little smaller and less sticky.

They also absorb recoil better than the factory grips.


January 3, 2006, 05:23 PM
Factory grips are best for me. I've tried most of the aftermarket grips at one time or another and always go back to the factory grip.

January 3, 2006, 09:26 PM
Photos would be great! Thanks...


January 3, 2006, 10:44 PM
I actually prefer the factory grips that my 3 inch .357 now wears. I have Hogue wood grips on my 3 inch 9mm SP101 (nice, but they're just not as comfortable to me as the factory grips). BUT, I'm getting the hots for a set of Badger boot grips. Might have to scratch that itch. Looks like it would be an odd angle, but I've never seen anybody post something uncomplementary about these. Hmmmmm..............

Ben Shepherd
January 3, 2006, 10:54 PM
I like the houge mono-grip in rubber. My Sp101(twin to yours) is approaching 60,000 rounds and is wearing its third set of them.

They can catch on clothing a little, but that third finger groove and the rubber they use make A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE in control with full magnum loads.

January 4, 2006, 01:11 PM
I own a .357magnum SP101 with the 2.25" barrel. When I'm carrying the SP as a belt gun it wears the Houges, but when it is doing ankle holster duty (like today) the factory grips are best. The factory grips are good, but I prefer the recoil control the Houges provide. Especially when I'm shooting magnums through it.

On the other hand I prefer the factory grips on my GP100. I tried Houges on it a couple of times and I keep going back to the factory grips.

January 4, 2006, 08:13 PM
I had a set of grips that needed to be returned to the store....so in the exchange I picked up a set of Hogues for starters.

Thanks for all the input.....I agree that for concealment the stock grips are probably better than the Hogues....but I think the shootability of the Hogues will be nice....:rolleyes:

Now. about those Badger grips...... NICE!!!:) Maybe a set for dress up:confused:

Texas Bacon
January 4, 2006, 10:00 PM
just got my SP on Monday and already put the hogues on - oh what a feeling!

January 5, 2006, 02:17 AM
Seems to be several new SP101 owners here, and I'm one of them.

I'm really loving all this good info!

January 5, 2006, 07:55 AM
I like the factory grips with smooth black micarta inserts for my .357 Magnum SP-101's. I have small hands, and the factory grips really work well for me.

Quickdraw Limpsalot
January 5, 2006, 09:31 AM
Rubber Hogue monogrip! I put one on my SP101 right after getting it, then later decided to give the factory grips a real try & sold the Hogue to a buddy. A week later I bought another Hogue. Feels like they used my hand to design it.

January 5, 2006, 10:16 AM
I've got the 3" sp101 in .357, but I purchased mine as a concealable weapon so I won't be putting bigger grips on it.

If you want a bigger grip for more control, the Hogue monogrip is a good value. I have a monogrip on my Redhawk and it rocks.

January 5, 2006, 10:24 AM
I haven't put any aftermarket grips on mine, but I'm looking to eventually go Pachmayer Compac or maybe Badger boot grips to get a little smaller. The stocks are ok, but are a little tacky when I tuck my shirt in over my gun when carrying IWB.
I keep mine stoked with 158gr Federal Hydra-Shoks (158gr bullets tend to be most accurate from SP101's, and the Hydra-Shoks are crimped very nicely and showed no bullet pull for me at all while shooting)

Here's 2 pics:


In High Noon Hidden Ally tuckable IWB (great holster, and only like $36)

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