GP100 wood grip options


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high country
March 14, 2013, 11:58 PM
I am looking for a set of wood grips for my GP100. I like the look of the Lett grips, but those aren't available anymore as far as I can tell. I also like the Eagle grips (http://www.eaglegrips.com/guns/Rosewood-Grips-checkered-138.html), but have read that quality is hit or miss with them. I think that it is the square butt that attracts me to both of those.

I am interested in hearing about people's experience with Eagle grips in general, and whether there are other grips that I should consider in looking for some new furniture for my GP.

Thanks!

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lowercase
March 15, 2013, 01:08 AM
I bought a set of Eagle "Secret Service" grips for my Charter Bulldog. I thought the design looked awesome. I've seen pics of some very nice ones over on the S&W forum, but here's my experience:

The were awful and cost close to 100 bucks. Absolutely atrocious fit and finish. Gaps behind the trigger guard, didn't follow the contour of the backstrap, didn't match up well with each other, and color & grain from one side didn't match the other.

They looked like they had been made by a junior apprentice in the dark or something. I was pretty surprised that a company would let something that bad be shipped out to represent their name.

Needless to say, I returned them immediately. I wasn't even interested in getting them replaced. I figure that if your first effort is that poor, then just forget it. Getting a refund was quite an adventure. It took 2 phone calls and three emails over a month's time just to get them to make a simple Paypal™ refund. After every time I called or emailed, I was assured that they would refund my money "tomorrow".

I would rate my experience with Eagle Grips at a solid "F". :barf:

Hope this aids you in your search.

high country
March 15, 2013, 01:28 AM
It does indeed sir. Thanks for your input. That was essentially the impression that I got from reading other reviews. I just don't think I can take a hundred dollar gamble on Eagle.

It is becoming more apparent to me that one of the weaknesses of the GP100 is the lack of grip options if you don't care for the oversized look of hogue and want solid wood. Maybe the old style wood panel rubber grips are going to be the way to go,

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

GP100man
March 15, 2013, 04:21 AM
Been looking for a set for yrs., few & far inbetween & then the owner not for sale em !

Settled on the panel grips myself .

http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx110/GP100man/102_1192.jpg

RUT
March 15, 2013, 08:28 AM
Now that's the way Rugers should look! :)

Dan-O
March 15, 2013, 09:42 AM
There are a few sets of the Lett style grips on ebay right now. Midwayusa carries them too, but they appear to be about a month out on back order.

Torian
March 15, 2013, 09:44 AM
Ahrends are outstanding. Custom CNC'd for each revolver. However, expect about a 6-8 week wait.

DirksterG30
March 15, 2013, 09:57 AM
Not exactly what you are looking for, but I'd like to give these a try:

http://www.altamontco.com/experimental/shared/photos_medium/RG-TO50-L02-CM2-1.jpg

http://www.altamontco.com/experimental/products/pistol/ruger/#Ruger_gp100.php

Certaindeaf
March 15, 2013, 10:06 AM
I hated the panel grips for a long time, probably since my carry gun back then was a 4" 686 with huge Hogue's. A panel that came with my new GP was cracked so Ruger sent me a whole replacement free.. I still use the glued cracked one and have grown to love it/them.

Dan-O
March 15, 2013, 10:08 AM
I don't think Ahrends makes grips for Ruger Revos...but I guess maybe they have seen the light.

high country
March 15, 2013, 10:55 AM
Thanks for the responses.

A set of those Retro Target Stocks from Ahrends would be great. Maybe I will give them a call to see if they can do those for the GP100.

I will check out ebay too for a set of Lett style grips. I didn't see any on midway's website, but I will look again in case I just missed them. Everyone seems to have the hogue grips, and I am looking for something in a more classic style. I can always switch the rubber hogues back on if I feel like shooting that style grip.

Revoliver
March 15, 2013, 03:59 PM
I would like to suggest Hogue Rosewood Laminate grips if I may, as I love mine and think they really 'set the gun off'.

Edit: I only suggest it as a medium between classic looks and newer grip style while being laminate should make it very durable and in less need of maintenance.

http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o548/Revoliver6/bb3135ca_zps87ecfc0c.jpg

Dan-O
March 15, 2013, 05:13 PM
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/941582/ruger-factory-grip-1-piece-rubber-with-wood-inserts-ruger-gp100-super-redhawk-44-remington-magnum

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/491806/ruger-factory-grip-1-piece-rubber-without-inserts-ruger-gp100-super-redhawk

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/880222/ruger-factory-grip-1-piece-rubber-without-inserts-ruger-gp100-fixed-sight-model

Not a fan of the rubber hogues. I have long skinny fingers, and they just don't fit my hand correctly. Another option is the Uncle Mike's. You can find these on Ebay as well.

http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww266/yeahitsthatbig/IMG_1113.jpg

RugRev
March 15, 2013, 08:55 PM
Herrett's makes grips for the GP100. Their website is at:

http://www.herrett-stocks.com/

Nill-Griffe in Germany makes some grips for the GP100, too:

http://nill-grips.com/

Badger makes wood grips for the GP100 which if ordered from Jim Badger, himself, can be ordered without finger grooves and sized for your hand. These probably are not the shape you want but on one of the Ruger Forums sometime back someone posted a picture of these without the finger grooves.

At one time Lett made a solid rosewood grip for the GP100 with the same configuration as the rubber grip with panel inserts. It could be ordered as an option from Ruger. Either Lett or Altamont made some wood grips for the GP100 for one of the special distributor runs. These may turn up for sale on the 'net at various sites.

LUCKYDAWG13
March 15, 2013, 09:08 PM
i have Eagle grips on my 92fs and on my black hawk
i think they did a top notch job on them i would and
will buy more grips from them i will give them in A
i would give them in A+ but it took 3 weeks to get
them when i ordered them i did call and talked to
Bill i told him what i wanted and thats what i got

GP100man
March 16, 2013, 10:35 AM
High Country is looking for a set of Rosewood grips that are all wood, shaped like the rubber of the panel grips .

Made by Lett for special runs of GPs , LEO revolvers & very small runs for the fledgling Davidson Dist.

RUT , Thanks for the kind words !! I`ve tried many grips over the yrs but always come back to the Lett panel style , they fit & custom panel makers abound these days . 1chig over on The Firingline Forum made the 1s in the pic .

I had em make em 1/16 of an inch thicker & added the case heads on the 1s in the pic.

Grips are a very personal thing to me & others , I give very little opinions or influece over what "supposed to work" as to what is comfortable & functional .

Tony_the_tiger
March 16, 2013, 07:02 PM
Used to use these (Hogue Cocobolo):

http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae269/kiwirat33/DSC02775-1.jpg

Now I use these (special edition Wiley Clapp's):

http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae269/kiwirat33/gp1.jpg

If I was looking for more fancy wood I'd buy a pair of desert ironwood grips from Gemini Customs

https://www.geminicustoms.com/Grips/Grips.html

high country
March 17, 2013, 01:52 AM
Hmmm, those are some awfully attractive photos that you folks have of your GPs with the old style rubber grips with various panels. I am leaning that way because of the classic shape, more classic look, and the ability to play around with different panels for $25 a pop rather than almost $100 for a full set of grips. Maybe I will happen across one of the sets of original Lett wood grips at some point, but for now, $35 is worth it to get rid of those massive hogue things and add a little wood to my GP.

Going to place an order in the next couple days. I will try to remember to post a picture. Thanks a ton for the help :D

GP100man
March 17, 2013, 08:59 PM
HC

Don`t forget the locating pin for the panel grips , as the Hogues attach with the stirrup set up .

Just a few more.

http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx110/GP100man/102_0333.jpg

biohazurd
March 18, 2013, 03:42 AM
I like badger grips on my gp100. Sexy and comfortable. I have some for my sp101 as well. But imo houges still are the most soft shooting. Especially with hot loads.

Jaymo
March 18, 2013, 04:20 PM
High country, I have to make a confession. I thought the factory panel grips were ugly as home made sin. Hated them since the GP100 came out in the mid 80s.
Wouldn't even consider buying one for many years.
Then, I was in my local fun store and found a one year old used 4" GP in SS with adj sights.
This was back in about 2008. The price was right, it was before the first Obama panic.
I decided to pick it up and handle it.
Lo and behold, it felt fantastic.
That poor, unloved GP came home with me.

In retrospect, maybe it was during the panic, as every black gun was flying off the shelves and revolvers were largely sitting, unsold, on the shelves.

Altamont has, I think, 3 different rubber grips with a nice selection of panels to fit.
I'm thinking about buying the snakeskin grips and panels for mine.
But first, I have to replace the cheesegrater grips on my Blackhawk .45.

high country
March 18, 2013, 08:52 PM
Yeah, I really didn't like the look of them either, until the pictures in this thread got me to thinking that they make a lot of sense. Sort of a best of both worlds thing. For the price, it really can't hurt to give them a try and live with them for a while. If I end up not liking them, I can go back to the drawing board.

I think that I have decided to go with a set of the altamont grips with the checkered back strap and the rosewood classic panels. Has anyone used the altamonts with the textured backstrap? Does it help with recoil, or hurt, or no significant difference?

Thanks for the reminder to order the grip locater pin too. That would have been a bummer to wait for the new grips only to be missing the pin to install them!

TEAM101
March 19, 2013, 11:01 AM
I am interested in hearing about people's experience with Eagle grips in general

I bought a set of Eagle Secret Service grips for a S&W last year. I made it very clear when I ordered that I wanted them to match, be grainy, and well fit and finished. Take your time and give me something I can be proud of were my exact words to the salesperson. He said they could meet my expectations.

A few weeks later I received the grips. My jaw hit the floor in utter disbelief; they were horrible. They did not fit the frame at all, the checkering borders were uneven and ranged from deeply cut to lightly scratched, the checkering was very poorly executed, not diamond shaped over most of the grips, and the checkering lines extended past the border in many places.

I called Eagle and spoke to the same salesman. After listening to what I had to say, he told me to send them back and they would make me a new set. He was professional and seemed concerned. I took detailed photos of the grips, marked each panel inconspicuously on the underside, and shipped them back.

Three weeks later I received another package from Eagle. I opened it and saw a very familiar looking set of grips, right down to the inconspicuous marks I'd placed on them. They still didn't fit the gun and clearly nothing had been done to them. Eagle simply sat on them and sent the same grips back to me. I wasn't very happy, but hoped it was a simple mixup.

I called Eagle and spoke to the same gentleman. He said he remembered me and was certain the grips were not the ones I had returned. We debated it for a moment and I told him I was willing to accept that someone had tried to pull a fast one, but wouldn't tolerate being lied to. I told him I'd marked the grips and knew I was holding the same set. The debate ceased and he asked how I'd like to proceed. I reiterated that I wanted a set of grips I could be proud of and asked if Eagle was capable of meeting the level of craftsmanship I expected. He ensured me they could, agreed to let me hold the shoddy grips until the new set arrived, and agreed to cover all shipping expenses. I told him to tell the production worker to take his time as I was not in a hurry.

Three weeks later I received another Eagle package. The grips met my expectations (which were actually not very high to begin with considering what I was paying for the grips). The checkering was acceptable and within the borders, the color and grain was very nice, and they fit well with some minor fitting. I sent the shoddy grips back, but had to call them again to get one of the shipping charges refunded.

My thoughts regarding the experience:

-The salesman, possibly the owner, was responsive and courteous to me. Whether he was trying to pull a fast one, I'll never know for sure.

-Quality appears to be hit or miss. They are obviously capable of producing quality grips, but they will clearly ship you junk if you allow them to do so.

-Was I happy? Eventually, but I should have been afforded a discount for the aggravation.

-Would I purchase from them again? I don't know. My situation was unique in that very few companies offered grips for this particular S&W. Of those offered, I didn't like most of them. Eagle SS grips really set this gun off with regard to function and aesthetics.

-Overall value: They are somewhat overpriced. Altamont grips are as nice/nicer and seem to be a better value.

Perhaps I'm just unlucky, but if you decide to purchase Eagle grips, understand that it may take being assertive to get what you want. YMMV

savit260
March 19, 2013, 05:23 PM
http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae269/kiwirat33/DSC02775-1.jpg

While I tend to really dislike the fingergroove Houges (don't fit my hand, and are ugly IMO)..... THOSE Houge's are really quite nice looking! Got to be the best looking ones I've seen.

slick6
March 20, 2013, 11:25 AM
Here are some pictures my GP100 with the solid wood Lett grips on it that are so hard to find, unfortunately!:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/shootit/Ruger/Ruger2/P1010539.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/shootit/Ruger/Ruger2/P1010538.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/shootit/Ruger/Ruger2/P1010540.jpg

Certaindeaf
March 20, 2013, 03:40 PM
That's pretty slick, 6.

GP100man
March 20, 2013, 07:59 PM
That`s dem 6 !!

Thanks for the pic !!!

InkEd
March 20, 2013, 10:37 PM
You can buy the old style grips from Brownells and MidwayUSA. You usually have to buy the rubber grips, the wood inserts, and screws as an individual parts. If you want to have nicer wood inserts they are available from aftermarket companies.

TEAM101
March 21, 2013, 08:04 AM
Slick6, is that a 3" GP with adjustable sights? I have never seen a factory 3" with anything but fixed sights.

slick6
March 21, 2013, 11:47 AM
Slick6, is that a 3" GP with adjustable sights? I have never seen a factory 3" with anything but fixed sights.
Yes, it is a 3" GP100 with the adjustable sights. It is Model #01751(Cat #KGP-831). But, this was evidently a very scarce gun(Chambered in .38 Special)so, there weren't very many that had showed up on the internet. And these all got bought up instantly!

The only other similar 3" GP100 was the Model #01708(Cat #KGP-131)chambered in .357 Mag. that was also a "Scarce" gun! It was produced in the late 1980's and then again, in 2006 or 2007?

high country
March 21, 2013, 02:48 PM
Wow Slick6, that is one of the best looking GP100s I have seen. Thanks for posting up those pictures! I will definitely still be on the lookout for a set of those grips.

slick6
March 21, 2013, 08:38 PM
high country:

You are welcome! Thanks for the compliment on the 3" GP!

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