I like the "Combat" style grips made by Badger Custom (http://www.badgercustomgrips.com/smith_and_wesson_pistol_grips.php). They help tame even full Magnum loads in a J frame so I'm sure you will like them when shooting .38 Special +P rounds.
April 25, 2009, 09:53 PM
I tried the originals, Compacs and then Monogrips all in one shooting session, about 150 rounds. The Monogrips were by far the best ones for me.
April 26, 2009, 06:34 AM
I like the Uncle Mikes on my 442. Great feel and control without too much added bulk. The Pachmayr American Legends on the 60 are a bit bulky but that isn't my ccw anymore.
April 26, 2009, 06:45 AM
The Hogues are great - but anything but boot grips will take it out of the pocket carry (in a Mika holster) role for me. The boot's are a necessary evil to me. The 642 doesn't have to be comfortable at the range to shoot, it must be able to be shot in an emergency. To cover said emergency, it must be able to be carried 24/7.
April 26, 2009, 08:23 AM
I too have tried numerous different grips on my j-frames. Stainz summarized it pretty well; anything but a boot grip takes the 2" j-frame out of the pocket carry category.
The Hogue Monogrips are the best I found for my reload testing--but the most comfortable overall seems to be the Pachmayr Compacs.
The CT-405 (boot-size) grips are about the best I've found overall--but for my hand, even those could be a bit more 'filling'--e.g., I could use more palmswell.
April 26, 2009, 12:29 PM
I have tried a few different grips on my J Frame, the palmswell is what sold me on the old Rogers (Safariland) grips. I shoot it much better with these grips. You can still find them on gunbroker and ebay
I switched over to these Cocobolo Ahrends grips, which I like a lot. I can't tell if it necessarily would be better fitting to your hand, but I found it to be easier and quicker to position my hand into a shooting grip than when using the stock rubber grips.
I have a question too, does anyone have a pic of a j frame revolver with the compac grips on it?
I've tried googling it just to see how they look on such a revolver but all i can find are pics of the professional style compacs grips
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April 26, 2009, 04:12 PM
Spegel ones work for me. They are the same size as the factory Uncle Mike rubber ones (copied after the wood Spegels.) These in the pic are Centennial style J-frame specific. They are not oversized but I don't want them to be on my pocket gun.