J-frame 642 recoil reducing grips


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Warp
August 9, 2011, 06:20 PM
I already mentioned this in the 624 club but figured starting a thread would increase exposure and, most importantly, to be search friendly for people in the future.

I've had a regular old 642-2 (with lock) for about 4 years now. I shot +P loads and never had a problem. Then I decided to try out Buffalo Bore's 158gr +P LSWCHP. Holy mother that hurt. I only put 10 of them through the 642 (and 10 through a rented GP100 which was obviously fine) and that was enough to make me search for new grips.

I searched THR for awhile before deciding on Pachmayr Compacs. I went back to the range today to do some plinking and try the new grips out with a cylinder of the +P Buffalo Bore 158s. MUCH BETTER! The sharp, painful ouch-that-smarts was gone. Sure, they recoiled heavier which I noticed and follow up shots were probably a little slower, but it wasn't that bad at all. The Pachmayr Compact grip is bigger which gives you a more secure grip and spreads the recoil impulse out over a larger area, it is softer (rubber like) than the hard plastic I had before, and it covers the backstrap. The gun is a little bigger in-pocket now. The pockets on my shorts aren't that big I guess as even in the stock configuration the grip might be a little visible at some times from the right angle, but now with the Pachmayrs it is more visible. I will still pocket carry this way as there is room for my hand to slide in and get a shooting grip and 99% of people probably wouldn't have a clue even if they looked right at it. Plus I can legally carry open or concealed so that isn't a legal issue.

The gun, grip and round in question:

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g105/austin3161324/bb0a80b0.jpg

The original stock grip and my previous carry (for quite awhile anyway) before the Buffalo Bore:

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g105/austin3161324/21a30359.jpg

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Monster Zero
August 9, 2011, 07:06 PM
Your new grips sure look sweet.

I think my solution to that problem would be to only shoot those BB's in my SP101, but whatever works for you.

Warp
August 9, 2011, 08:46 PM
Your new grips sure look sweet.

I think my solution to that problem would be to only shoot those BB's in my SP101, but whatever works for you.

I prefer the solution that gives my little pocket/ankle gun a little more oomph.

I don't have another revolver but should pick up a 4" GP100 next month. I'll be running mag for defense in that one though.

Stormin.40
August 10, 2011, 12:12 AM
I will have to try that out as I also like the Buffalo Bore 158 gr LSWCHP +P. 158 gr @ 1000 fps is great out of a snubnose assuming you can control it, if a little bit bigger grip does it for you maybe it will do it for me also, thanks.

Warp
August 10, 2011, 12:43 AM
I will have to try that out as I also like the Buffalo Bore 158 gr LSWCHP +P. 158 gr @ 1000 fps is great out of a snubnose assuming you can control it, if a little bit bigger grip does it for you maybe it will do it for me also, thanks.

It really made a big difference. The order of magnitude of the improvement is similar to my Remington 870, 12 gauge, firing 3" magnum buck/slugs with the stock stock vs a Knoxx spec ops recoil reducing stock. The painful shock was totally mitigated.

madcratebuilder
August 10, 2011, 09:22 AM
I have used a lot of different grips on .38 and .357 J frames. The best, by far, recoil reducing grips are the CT grips, the laser is a added bonus.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/holster1.jpg

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