pachmayr or Hogue grips?


January 22, 2011, 04:04 PM
I'm looking to upgrade the stock wood grips on my square butted k S&W k-frame. How do the pachmayr and hogue grips compare with one another, and any recomendations between the two? This is for a range and open carry use.

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January 22, 2011, 05:52 PM
Replacing with rubber grips? IME, Pachmayrs tend to be bigger fore & aft, and have a covered backstrap, favoring bigger hands. Smaller hands will tend toward the Hogues.

Pachmayrs also use a harder rubber compound. The rubber Hogues tend to feel almost tacky. Neither is bad, just personal preference.

January 22, 2011, 08:09 PM
The Hogue's have a palm swell and are deeper due to Monogrip attachment stirrup

Pachmayr's come in different styles which are often smaller...Compac and Professional styles are very trim

Hogue grips are generally lighter as their use nylon to reinforce their rubber, whereas Pachmayr uses steel inserts

January 22, 2011, 08:18 PM
Both are very well made. Pachmyar were the originals & the hogue's came later. My wife & i prefer the hogue mono-grips because both our hands are on the small to medium size.

January 22, 2011, 08:35 PM
I can only speak for J-frame S&W and Ruger SP101 revolvers. I've tried both Pachmayr Compacs and Hogue Monogrips on these guns and ended up with Pachmayrs. I dislike finger grooves in general but the Hogues weren't too bad, it's just that the Hogues didn't seem to absorb recoil as well as the Pachmayrs. But, realistically, it comes down to what fits your hand and your personal preference.

Jesse Heywood
January 22, 2011, 09:54 PM
Having big hands, I have Pachmayrs on most of my DA revolvers. Got the Grippers for my 686, and love them. My advice would be to go try some on.

January 23, 2011, 08:59 AM
Hogue leaves the backstrap open and makes a smaller grip. I have something in between a medium and large sized skinny hand. I vastly prefer the pachymar on a smith revolver.

evan price
January 23, 2011, 11:30 PM
Personally, for feel and for appearance, I prefer the Pachmayrs on any revolver over the Hogues. I like the Grippers with the finger grooves but the medallion Presentation grips are nice too. But I have big hands.

I think the Hogue cobblestone texture monogrips are ugly on a nice revolver but great on a Semi-auto. I prefer them (Hogue) on Semiautos.

January 23, 2011, 11:39 PM

January 23, 2011, 11:43 PM
Guess I'll go against the grain yet again:rolleyes:
I've tried both on many handguns, and today nearly all of my big bore revolvers and a couple of my semi-autos wear Hogues.
My hands are my hands, and your mileage may vary, but I'm a huge fan of Hogue, especially the monogrip for revolvers. So much so that I just ordered a monogrip for my newest addition:

January 23, 2011, 11:55 PM
I realize you ask about K frame'd revolver sized grips. I bought Hogue Mono grip for my N frame 629, I couldn't be happier!! I got the fancier grip with the butt cap, and checkering, I'd do it again also, makes gripping the piece easier and better hold during shooting.

January 24, 2011, 12:33 AM
I find the Hogue rubber to sticky for my liking. On my S&W 36 I didn't care for the stock wood grips so I tried the Hogue Bantam two finger, IWB carry my shirt would ride up on the grip. I switched to a Uncle Mike's boot grip, the rubber is harder and the gun points consistently well.

I have Pachmayr presentation grips on a Ruger Sec. Six, and I like'um.

I tried the Hogue mono grip on a S&W 696, I didn't like the finger grooves and the sticky rubber. My hand could not find the same hold on the grip causing the gun to point inconsistently. I was not completely happy with the stock Uncle Mike's on the 696, but I found some S&W wood grips for it :)

I had pachmayre Grippers on a Colt Trooper and didn't care for them, I switch to the presentation grip.

January 24, 2011, 05:21 AM
I have a Pachmayr grip on my Model 29. Doesn't snag on cover garments like a sticky rubber will do.

January 24, 2011, 05:31 AM
Of the two, I've always preferred one of the Pachmayr models. BTW, unlike what one poster wrote about Pachs being for people with bigger hands, the fact is they have a number of designs; open backstrap, covered backstrap, compact, target-type, etc. You should be able to find one that works for you.

Now, if you wanted my honest answer to this question, for you K-frame it would be "none of the above." I'd put a set of Ahrends on it. My personal preference in the Ahrends line is usually their Retro Combats. They are long enough for a good grip and control, yet compact enough to aid in concealment.

January 24, 2011, 09:13 AM
FWIW : all my S&W Da revolvers, be they K, L or N frame, carry Pachmayr Gripper Pro's (those that don't cover the backstrap).
I've tried Hogues, but found they position my hand lower on the gun & give me the impression of increased muzzle rise.
If at all posiible, try both !

January 24, 2011, 09:34 AM
+1 with chriske. My K-frame revolvers all have Pachmayr gripper grips. I have a few N-frames with Hogue monogrips but I prefer Pachmayrs for the K-frame guns.

January 24, 2011, 04:07 PM
I've got big hands but definetly prefer the Hogue shape. I find all the Pachmayrs I've tried were too thin side to side and deep front to back. This deepness combined with the thin aspect makes it hard for my hands to develop a nice full contact grip aound the critical upper part of the hold. I shoot them OK but not nearly with the same level of comfort as on the Hogue grips which are a more oval shape which matches my hands better and provides a more full and even contact pressure all around.

The folks do make a good point about the Hogue rubber being more sticky on clothing. That same stickiness is what makes the grips so good in our grip. But it would most certainly hang up on clothing and produce more printing. If you find that you prefer the Hogue grip shape you MAY want to consider the wood Hogues instead. They fit the hand the same but won't grip your clothing the same way. Because of the fit I'd rather have Hogue wood grips over Pachmayr rubber ones despite the slightly more smooth grip issue.

As we've seen in this thread various folks DO like one over the other. If you can't get a chance to hold guns with both then you're better off to buy both and try them then sell the one you don't like as much.

January 25, 2011, 08:41 AM
I recently changed from Pach's to Hogue's on my Model 10's. The difference was considerable. For my hand (and the hands of 90% of the students I teach), the Hogues fit better and provide more security without "death squeeze" (a common problem with new student shooters). I do recommend that you try both out, though...some people don't like the tackiness of the Hogues, especially for concealed carry, but others like me really prefer that.

Btw, my new Ruger Alaskan came with Hogue Tamers, which are excellent grips. This may be one of several reasons why I love this revolver! :)

January 25, 2011, 02:42 PM
I have both pacmayr and hogue grips and like both for different reasons and applications. Pacmayr's go on my carry guns and my hunting guns. With pac's I can get a grip in a hurry ,and reposition my hand if need be.With the stickier hogue's I find I can't get a good grip as quickly,they go on my slower more deliberate guns. Ilike and use both,but for different applications.You should try both and pick the one that feels best to you.

January 25, 2011, 07:56 PM
Hogue i hate the feel of pacmayr grips.

December 1, 2011, 11:47 PM
I prefer the Pachmayr Presentation and Gripper models. I've tried various Houge models over the years and I always come back to Pachmayr. Just personal preference I guess. Who can explain it. I can't.

December 2, 2011, 07:59 AM
Some of you my not know that hogue makes both a soft rubber and a hard plastic grips that look alike. So not whinning about soft rubber if thats an issue for you. I have bought several handguns used with pachmayer grips and they allways get pulled off and dropped in the gray file to be replaced with hogues soft rubber grips. If you have a big hand try them both but most people that try hogues seem to end up with a set for hunting and carry. Hogue does also make some nice wood grips too for those that need pretty grips for bbq's.

December 2, 2011, 11:33 AM
I also prefer Hogues, especially if hands get wet.

December 3, 2011, 12:57 AM
I prefer the Pachmayr grips over Hogue grips. Like said above, Pachmayr has several different styles that will make most shooters happy. The "Professional" grips in both Gripper and Compac have open backstraps and the normal Gripper and Compac grips have covered backstraps. The Decelerator grips work very well but I doubt you will need them on a K frame unless you are recoil sensitive for one reason or another.
See them all HERE (

Compac Grips on a M638:

Gripper Grips on a M640:

December 3, 2011, 01:37 AM
I carry a S&W Model 10 K-frame. I have both grips and prefer Pachmayr.

Gato MontÚs
December 3, 2011, 04:54 PM
I like many prefer the Pachmayr Gripper grips, just feels better than any Hogue offering.

However my all time favorite rubber grip are the old Uncle Mikes, which are hard to find for square butt models.

December 3, 2011, 05:04 PM
I just changed out my K-frame to Hogue grips a few weeks ago. It is much more comfortable than the wood ones. The gun felt great with the wood + grip extender before but I changed it for shooting comfort.

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