why single actions have a "plowhandle" shaped grip and double actions don't and have a curved grip?
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December 8, 2007, 08:52 PM
You haven't looked at enough handguns yet my friend.
Handgrip shape runs the gamut from birdshead to finger groove to plowshare. Most handgrip shapes were developed on single action pistols and transfered to double actions as they were invented.
Plow handle with finger groove
Plow handle bisley with birdshead at the bottom left
birdshead with finger groove
Plowhandle on a dbl action
December 8, 2007, 09:16 PM
I have never heard a double action S&W grip described as a "plow handle" before! The plow handle grip on a single action allows the gun to rotate up after firing, this helps handle the recoil (up to a point) and puts the hammer in a nice spot for easy re-cocking. The double action grip frame is designed to keep the revolver from rotating up in your hand, that is what the "knuckle" on the top rear of the grip is for.
December 8, 2007, 11:48 PM
Some dbl actions have the knuckle some don't.
December 9, 2007, 12:42 AM
Sorry Crawdaddyjim but those double action revolvers don't have plowhandle grip frames. Evidently you have never seen a plowhandle. It has a smooth uninterrupted curve to it. Another name for the grip frame was the "hogleg". Also all double action revolvers have that "knuckle" in the grip frame. That "knuckle" is what keeps the revolver from rolling up during recoil so you can get off the next shot without repositioning the gun.
December 9, 2007, 01:37 AM
Also all double action revolvers have that "knuckle" in the grip frame
Which is very handy for applying leverage on the DA trigger. A SA trigger doesn't need so much force.