S&W wood grips


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chaddy
April 6, 2013, 10:42 PM
Where is a good place to get wood grips for s&w 66?

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USSR
April 6, 2013, 11:01 PM
Kim Ahrends has a really good product at a good price.

Don

SullyVols
April 6, 2013, 11:12 PM
handgungrips.com has some nice authentic looking grips with medallions. The pair for my 686 fit perfectly and I got some walnut ones for my 629 but it would seem they are overwhelmed at the moment as they are taking a really long time to get here.

Don't order from S&W. The pair I got for my 629 from them didn't fit at all - they were completely unusable.

hAkron
April 6, 2013, 11:25 PM
If you are looking for magna grips, S&W sells them on their website for $30. Best deal in town.

ArchAngelCD
April 6, 2013, 11:51 PM
I agree Kim Ahrends Grips (http://ahrendsgripsusa.com/) are top shelf as are Craig Spegel Grips (http://www.craigspegel.com/) and at a lesser price Badger Custom Grips (http://www.badgercustomgrips.com/smith_and_wesson_pistol_grips.php) too.

Boxhead
April 7, 2013, 02:25 AM
Ahrend's grips come with a crappy finish IMO. I would order them unfinished and do that myself. I do like his retro grips for a reasonably priced set that seem to fit well.

gamestalker
April 7, 2013, 03:20 AM
If you have the patients and some wood working skills, it isn't all that difficult to make a nice pair yourself. I have a couple of 66's that I made grips for, 66-2 and a 66-5. I have made some with iron wood, mesquite, walnut, cherry, and mahogany. And since I have very small hands, I was able to make them fit very comfortably, as opposed to buying them already made. The nice part about making your own, is it only requires a very small investment, so if you mess up, you'll maybe be out some time, and a piece of scrap wood, seriously. And it's really fun and satisfying to make your own custom set.
I've used old table tops, old gun stocks I have kept laying around for years, and chunks of wood collected from the desert and forest.
My next project will be a Taurus 608, I can't stand the factory grips on that beastly boat anchor!
I bought one pair of grips years ago from S&W and they were terrible. I barely got them to fit after much fitting work, which is what gave me the idea to make my own.
GS

tguil
April 7, 2013, 08:51 AM
Altamont Grips. Nice looking, good fit, good company to work with. http://www.altamontco.com/experimental/products/pistol/smith_and_wesson/

Starter52
April 7, 2013, 10:32 AM
There are dozens of them on eBay.

boricua9mm
April 7, 2013, 12:44 PM
That's a very broad question.

Where to find factory original walnut service grips? Good luck. Gunbroker has a set every now and then. Expect to pay $40 or more. Eagle grips makes reproductions, but they are closer to $70 for a pair.

Where to find factory original Combat or Target grips? Same answer as above, I'm afraid.

Where to find aftermarket grips? There's tons of makers to include Hogue, Eagle, Craig Spegel, Kim Ahrends, Altamont, Nills, Excalibur, etc. etc. etc. There's tons of different options for wood, shapes, levels of fitting, finishes, and so on.

Hell, there's even some really nice, exotic looking wood grips coming from Thailand from a seller on eBayfor ~$40. I snagged a nice pair that I am cutting down and re-countouring for my GP100 Wiley Clapp.

Grips are always a very personal thing. There's tons of options at price points all across the spectrum. You really have to narrow down what your preferences are. I've found I don't like finger grooves. The aesthetic components such as the wood type, finish and style might be entirely dependent on the revolver they are going to reside on.

slickracer
April 7, 2013, 09:22 PM
Search for "Gripseller" on Ebay. Terri stocks hundreds of Ahrends grips in various configurations. The nice thing is you can see the exact pair you are getting. I've purchased 4 pairs and highly recommend her. I especially like the Tactical Finger Groove.

Salmoneye
April 8, 2013, 07:33 AM
I agree with making your own...Then you have no one to blame other than yourself lol...

I hated the finger-groove combat grips that came on my 686, so I tried an old set of diamond magna grips I have...
Too skinny...So I made this set of beefier 'magna' style out of White Ash, and am very happy with them...

http://i46.tinypic.com/1dy5mv.jpg

texagun
April 8, 2013, 09:37 AM
The Trading Post (Accessories) on this forum is a good place to start. Ebay also offers a wide selection of S&W grips. Be prepared to spend $80+ for a nice pair. The "other" S&W forum also occasionally has grips for sale.

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