I've had a 442 for a couple years now. I like it pretty well. The factory boot grips were quickly replaced with some Hogue Bantam Jr. I don't carry it often and it's mostly a range toy. Anyway, I am thinking of putting a pair of wood grips on it. I think it MAY help improve my grip and if nothing else make it look nice.
What kind of attractive grips do you have on your j-frames?
(Any kind of rubber grips INCLUDING laser grips are NOT attractive.)
Do you find them more comfortable than rubber grips?
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November 24, 2010, 03:31 AM
Nobody has a j-frame with nice grips to show?
November 24, 2010, 05:22 AM
Personally, I like the looks of the factory target grips. I prefer the smooth type. I have a pair coming that should arrive before this weekend. They're intended for my 60-4 target model and have beautiful graining. I'll post a pic once I get them. I'll even put them on my 442 so you can see how they'd look on yours. I carry the 442 with Pachmayrs.
November 24, 2010, 08:08 AM
High Polish done by hand with a terri-cloth towel and Mothers Mag Polish (surprisingly quick ~ one evening while watching TV.
Ivory Grips to set it off.
November 24, 2010, 10:05 AM
I like Larger wooden grips for heavy loads and dislike rubber because they grab clothing when concealed.
November 24, 2010, 10:32 AM
I've got no camera (at the in-laws for the holiday) but can at least point you at pictures of Craig Spegel's grips, of which I am a big fan. Particularly for the Centennial hammerless revolvers like yours, his are the best thing going.
Dang; used to be his distributor, lightning arms, had sample pics--looks like no longer. Well, we do what we can:
November 24, 2010, 10:33 AM
I thought about a pair of the older style grips shaped like those ivory ones. Are they comfortable? At all?
November 24, 2010, 11:40 AM
I'd recommend Ahrends grips. I just bought two sets for my K-frame and they are a very good fit and quality seems to be good as well.
November 24, 2010, 03:18 PM
Here you go InkEd. The new grips came in today and I love them. One pic is the 'normal' configuration I'll have them. I like the rubber on my carry for my style and the looks and feel of the target grips thrills me. The other pic is the target on my 442 and another option for you. Fingergroove Combat style. These are S&W originals and feel great but on that 60 target I prefer the Target grips. It's a range and fun gun for me. So I decided to sell the fingergroove grips and they are on Ebay right now. The guy I got the target grips from has lots more, both checkered and smooth on Ebay right now. His delivery time is great. Bought them Sunday, received them today. He's on the high side but I wanted that set. Pachmayr used to make wood grips with the rubber fingergroove insert but they are a bit hard to find. The S&W combat grips are hard to find as well and usually command a fairly high price. The target style I just got will fit a round or square butt equally as well. The fingergroove combat will only fit a round butt. There's lots of choices but for me, I'll stick with S&W original grips.
November 24, 2010, 03:19 PM
Oh yea, the smaller Magna grips like the ivory set are to small for my hands and don't tame the recoil very well. Good choice for carry though.
November 24, 2010, 03:23 PM
Nice polish job PRM. Here's a 60 I did a while back with original magna grips for InkEd to see.
IIRC, I ended up with Hogue Cocobolo grips on mine, then sanded them to my desires.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f99/Socrates28/360PD range targets/360PDLnewgrips_0030.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f99/Socrates28/360PD range targets/DSC_0052360PDbullets8x6.jpg
November 25, 2010, 01:15 AM
Here's my 640 with Hogue wood. I like the look, but as some warned me, it's a little slippery.
November 25, 2010, 01:16 AM
I'm a big fan of Badger Custom Grips (http://www.badgercustomgrips.com/smith_and_wesson_pistol_grips.php) I have a set of their Boot Grips on my M642 and a set of the slightly longer grips on my M640, both in Rosewood. They are comfortable to shoot and look really nice IMO.
I didn't like the boot grips it came with and changed them out with a set of performance center grips. Looks great, in my opinion, and the extra half inch in length helps with control.
November 25, 2010, 09:10 AM
I put a set of grips from the pro center intended for the Model 60 onto a 1985 vintage 3 inch blued Model 36 Chief. They fit and look great, and feel great as well. The longer grip makes it for me,..and the checkering and S&W logo sets them off.
November 25, 2010, 12:04 PM
Glasan do you have a link to where I can find those grips?
November 25, 2010, 12:28 PM
TO Ink Ed:
I contacted S&W Customer Service,..did a direct order,..cost me $43 and shipping,..and had them in 4 days.
November 25, 2010, 02:59 PM
InkEd...As thunder173 said, just call S&W direct and order them up. They also come in black but they don't look nearly as nice.
November 25, 2010, 03:21 PM
The part number is 411740000 the cost is $42.97 plus shipping. You can order them by calling S&W customer service direct 800 331 0852 x2905. I spoke to Wayne,.....he got them out right away.
November 25, 2010, 08:05 PM
Do you have a shot showing how thick those grips are?
November 25, 2010, 08:14 PM
If it's not too much trouble could you show be a rear view of those PC grips?
November 25, 2010, 10:45 PM
I've been very happy with my "banana" grips on my m37. The addition of that extra finger on the grip is very helpful but they do not have the bulk added in the front of the grip.
November 26, 2010, 12:41 AM
I have had this Model 60 for over 35 years. Over that time, it has worn countless grip types. Rubber, banana, boot, etc. Finally settled on diamond magnas from S&W store and a T-Grip. Works great for concealed carry. OK on the range. Plus, I like the look. These grips are a bit oversize and I had to do some fitting on them.
November 26, 2010, 05:05 AM
If it's not too much trouble could you show be a rear view of those PC grips?
that's the only picture I have. They are slightly thinner than the boot grips but still fill my meaty hand nicely. The way they're shaped more or less forces my hand into a high grip and the extra length touches my little finger. That helps me with control and felt recoil. For me, they are a better choice for this gun. Hope this helps.
November 26, 2010, 08:05 AM
Everyone is still asleep and the house is quiet so I figured I could do this. Hope it helps.
November 26, 2010, 08:17 AM
Here's a pic of my wife's S&W 317, she loooooves the grips -
Check out www.gungripsupply.com Lots of grips for lots of guns. Priced right too.
November 26, 2010, 12:56 PM
Thanks for the web address Gunmeister.
November 27, 2010, 12:42 AM
I probably won't jump on that one, since I already have the Hogue Monogrip( a little cheaper, but WAY uglier) and it's about the same size, without the width. If I had it to do over, I'd probably get the grips you have. They are beautiful, and for the price, unbeatable.
My Hogue Cocobolo was about 80 bucks, shipping included. They are smaller, but I think yours look better.
I do like smooth grips for hard recoiling guns, though.
Thanks again for the pictures.
November 27, 2010, 06:28 AM
prosser.....happy to do it.
November 29, 2010, 11:20 AM
I just talked with Paul in CS at S&W - got a Pro 60 grip (411740000) on the way for my new 3" 63. With another pewter S&W buckle, it ran ~$58 shipped. Free s/h today - Cyber Monday special.
PS Thanks, glassman & thunder173!
November 29, 2010, 04:55 PM
Nothing special, but I got rid of the Hogue monogrip and went to some Hogue Cocobolos that I got for under $30 since they were "defective." There is a small crack in them, but they look nice and the price was decent.
November 29, 2010, 07:04 PM
Anyway, I am thinking of putting a pair of wood grips on it. I think it MAY help improve my grip and if nothing else make it look nice.
As far as wood grips go, I prefer Altamont boot grips on my Model 60-9:
In the past, I've used Herrett's Shooting Stars:
..and Eagle Secret Service grips:
January 8, 2011, 05:56 PM
Anybody interested in buying a pair of Esmeralda grips for a J-Frame?
I bought these ivory-wood grips from Esmeralda on a whim last year, and when I fitted them to my 442 realized it was like putting nice rims on a car I was going to take off-roading. I carried the 442 in an IWB holster for two days and then took the grips off, opting for a Hogue Bantam instead.
Purchase price was $99, but I'll sell them for $75 to anyone interested.
January 8, 2011, 06:13 PM
Wood grips look so pretty on those j frames. I have tried a few different grips but I just keep coming back to the stock ugly uncle mike's rubber grips. They conceal very well and they allow me to shoot well also.
January 8, 2011, 11:03 PM
+1 billion on Altamont grips
This is my 36 (no dash) & these are the ones that S&W is putting on their M60LS
January 9, 2011, 11:34 PM
Model 60 -
First pic where the M60 was pimped out with a set of Ajax faux Mother of Pearl grips. And the Model 63 w/ Targets - the Targets will also fit the M60, sort of a round to square butt conversion.
Second pic of the M60 (the way she rides now) is factory numbered magnas with a Tyler T-Grip adapter.