J-frame rubber grip surgery.


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miko
October 30, 2006, 09:38 PM
By popular demand ( http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=228714 ), here are the pictures of the 3-finger combat grip after I converted it into a 2-finger "boot grip".

I cut off the rubber first, then removed the protruding metal plate with a hacksaw (I would ordinarily prefer to use a fine-toothed table saw for a clean, straight cut), then roughly smoothed the edges of the plates and the rubber with a file - I didn't try very hard at the last operation, so it does not look like factory job.

There is a partial narrow gap between the halves of the grip at the heel.

One could make the grip even shorter by cutting the grip flush with the heel of the handle. I might try that later.

Note the maimed Blue Gun replica that ws made to fit the replacement grips. White stuff is Scotch tape.

miko

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10-Ring
October 30, 2006, 11:23 PM
Nice job...how's it feel when you shoot it? :scrutiny:

miko
January 4, 2007, 04:34 PM
Imagine being hit with a hammer wrapped in 1/4 inch of rubber rather than a naked one. Still very painfull but quite an improvement. :)

miko

ArchAngelCD
January 4, 2007, 04:47 PM
Why didn't you just put a set of Uncle Mike's boot grips on your snub like the ones that come stock on the J frames.

Headless
January 4, 2007, 05:28 PM
Closed/covered backstrap = good. The stock grips suck as far as recoil reduction go; you've got a long, thin slice of metal right against your hand. It's like being beaten with an aluminum bat to fire it like that.

miko
January 4, 2007, 06:50 PM
Why didn't you just put a set of Uncle Mike's boot grips on your snub like the ones that come stock on the J frames.
:confused:
My 340 J-frame came with Hogue Bantam Grip - excellent concealment, great fit but open backstrap. I would rather have that on my 3" steel M60 if I didn't want all three grips identical.
http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&productId=12996&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=16268&training=

My M60 came with Uncle Mike's Combat Grip - three finger one. It feels great, has rounded top, unlike squarish Taurus grips that I triedd.
http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&productId=12994&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=16268&training=

As far as I see, the Uncle Mike's Boot Grip has open baskstrap - at least on top against the web of the palm, where it matters most. At least that's where it hurts for me.
http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&productId=12995&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=16268&training=

Besides, I already had Combat Grip for my m60 and I wanted all three to be identical (m60, 340 and blue gun replica), so it was one less to buy. But most importantly, I just love the feel of that nicely-rounded grip under the web of my palm.

miko

miko
October 18, 2007, 12:24 PM
I should note that I used black Sharpie on the exposed plates to reduce the chance of attracting attention.

miko

ArchAngelCD
October 18, 2007, 12:41 PM
miko,
My mistake, you're right, the Uncle Mike's boot grips do have an open backstrap. I had forgotten because I replaced them with wooden stocks. :o

jon_in_wv
February 23, 2008, 02:03 PM
I hope you don't mind but I am so going to steal this idea. I just bought a S&W 337 and it just plain hurts to shoot it but I still would like to keep it for pocket carry. These grips should fit the bill quite nicely. Thank You very much for our ingenuity.

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