I don't like the stock rubber Hogue grip on my 686. With a service grip (see photo), there will be a large space aft of the trigger guard. Will this cause any problem? How does it feel when shooting 357 Mag?
The stock grip/no space or similiar after-market grips work best for me for sight control, shot to shot recovery times and ease of obraining a shooting grip more easily. I use both Pachmayer and Hogue, like them both.
I think the wooden service grips look nicer but they just don't work as well for me in actually griping the gun which is what really counts.
Have you considered the Magna Target grips from S&W? Quite a bit bigger than the service stocks depending on your grip they might work for you.
July 7, 2010, 01:13 PM
It depends what you are shooting. Hot loads could bash the second finger behind the trigger guard. Might look at some Ahrends wood grips http://www.ahrendsgripsusa.com/tactical.htm and http://www.ahrendsgripsusa.com/retro.htm . Also, Herretts has some e.g. the Roper http://www.herrett-stocks.com/roperlrg.htm .
I have the old-style S&W Service Grips on an old Model 10, largely because they look right on a "retro" gun like that (the design dates to 1899), and the Pachmayrs on it looked "putrid." I wouldn't choose them for .357, but Elmer Keith used the grip shape (in ivory) on Model 29s shooting hunting loads, so they do work...
My choice for my 686 is the Ahrends Tactical no-groove grip in cocobolo. Works great, looks great. The shape of the grip helps spread recoil so it's not a sharp hit like the standard grips, and it's quick and steady.
I, personally, fail to see the difference in "putrid" factor between the perfectly serviceable Hogues and the perfectly serviceable Pachmayrs. Neither one of them looks good. Each of them works fine.
July 7, 2010, 01:41 PM
+1 on Pachmeyer Grippers, or Uncle Mikes boot grips for carry
July 7, 2010, 03:24 PM
Tyler T-grips will help fill the space in between that service grip and the trigger guard.
I had a t-grip and standard service grips on my 19-4, 2 1/2" snubbie. It shot great and felt great, but i wanted something that filled my hand a little better. I did shoot some .357 with the t-grip/service grip, and control was pretty good, once I got used to it.
I ended up going with some Ahrends grips, in moradillo with finger grooves, but still occasionally swap out to the stock grip and t-grip. The Ahrends fill up my hands better, and honestly i think they look great aesthetically too. The finger grooves make the grip feel like they were almost custom molded to my hand.
July 7, 2010, 09:21 PM
I just don't like rubber grips, even though they made the 686 feel like a well designed tool. On whim I put on some standard target grips from a k-frame and instantly, the 686 became less utilitarian and more a piece of craft work.
(not my picture.)