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Are Tyler T-Grips coming back into style?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by MatthewVanitas, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. MatthewVanitas

    MatthewVanitas Well-Known Member

    Is the T-Grip coming back into style as part of some overall geek/fringe interest in old-school DA revolvers, or am I just now starting to notice how cool everyone's photos of T-gripped revolvers are?

    Special note for Cocked & Locked's Highway Patrolman: http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=2494098&postcount=11
  2. a454me

    a454me Well-Known Member

    I don't know if it's stylish or not but the one I put on my S&W mod 042 just makes it feel better in the hand without making it bulkier , if that makes any sense ! Looking for one for a square butt K frame now .
  3. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr Well-Known Member

    I'm seeing them alot more often than I have in the past.
  4. Ohen Cepel

    Ohen Cepel Well-Known Member

    For some they are great. I like them a lot on certain guns.

    HSMITH Well-Known Member

    I use them on all of my revolvers, I just can't find anything better out of a rubbermaid tote full of grips than my old service stocks and a tyler. It just works for me, and has for years and years.

    On a range gun the Miculek grips are just as shootable and close to as comfortable. He got it right with his design.
  6. Majic

    Majic Well-Known Member

    Quite a few of us never knew they went out of style. ;)
  7. BluesBear

    BluesBear member

    Because new shooters are just discovering the secret that us curmudgeons have known for years.

    The darn things work and they work very well.

    They stop your social finger getting banged against the triggerguard without giving up any concealablity.
  8. XavierBreath

    XavierBreath Well-Known Member

    Style? What is style?

    I used to be a young buck a few years back with the latest tactical hardware. Back then, it was called Beretta. Mel Gibson carried it in Lethal Weapon, and the military had finally wisened up and gotten rid of that obsolete WW1 pistol for a modern Beretta. I had one too. Glock and HK were the dark force in polymer avant-guard.

    I would see the old fogies chomping cigars and shooting their six guns at the range. I would scare my targets half to death with hails of ammo peppering the entire area of the paper. I left no 4X4 inch area unshot. Dadgum I was good! I didn't want to talk about those old men targets. Heck, all they could do was shoot one hole. They were wasting a heck of a lot of target out there. They chomped cigars. I sprayed and prayed. I was, however, in style, at least as depicted in Hollywood.

    Over time, I learned to love that old WW1 pistol the military had eschewed. Then I learned to love wide, empty spaces of unshot target and single holes in the center. The next thing I knew, I was fondling a blued S&W P&R sixgun. My fate was sealed. I had grey in my beard. I haven't started to smoke cigars though. After all, I don't want to be "in style"!

    Oh yeah.....:rolleyes: If you like Tyler Ts, you can still get them here.
  9. isp2605

    isp2605 Well-Known Member

    Some of never realize they had left.





    Pachmyer brand


    S&W brand

  10. PX15

    PX15 Well-Known Member

    Tyler T-grips aren't going out of style...

    Shoot a J-frame without them and then shoot the same J-frame with them... (Or Colt D frame).

    The reason they are still around is because they are functional.

  11. Ohen Cepel

    Ohen Cepel Well-Known Member

    Just saw S&W's marked ones in the new Shooters catalog. Hadn't seen that before.
  12. isp2605

    isp2605 Well-Known Member

    "Just saw S&W's marked ones in the new Shooters catalog.
    Hadn't seen that before."

    The grip adapter marked S&W on my Model 28 pictured above is over 30 yrs old.
    The Pachmyer on the Model 19 is over 35 yrs old.
  13. bubbygator

    bubbygator Well-Known Member

    Like isp, I used to use T-grip in combo with Barami Hip-Grip - I wrapped it all with the gauze-style tennis grip-tape. It made for very nice grip for CCW with any pants.

    I've since shifted to Crimson Trace.
  14. PX15

    PX15 Well-Known Member

    Me too...

    Can't beat CT's...

    (But, I can't afford one for each of my cc pistols/revolvers.)



    I kinda like Tyler T-grips for most of the others.



    J. Pomeroy
  15. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    The T Grip makes too much sense to die -- especially in this era of super-light revolvers. It protects your "social finger" without adding bulk.
  16. Catman253

    Catman253 Well-Known Member

    When did they supposedly go out of style?
    Have had them mounted on many of my revolvers, all frame sizes, for years.
    Model 19-3 times two.
  17. smokemaker

    smokemaker Well-Known Member

    I just installed a 30 year old t-grip adapter with 50+ year old magna grips on my 25 year old k-17, because my wife has problems with the size of the Pachmyr grips that were on the gun. She wants to shoot revolvers, but she has tiny hands. That grip combo works well for her, and still has enough "meat" that I can get a good hold.
  18. Kor

    Kor Well-Known Member

    IIRC, during the late '80s and '90s, EVERYBODY who bought or was issued a wheelgun just couldn't wait to ditch the factory grips and bolt on a pair of rubber Pachmayrs or Hogues - 'cause that was what was cool at the time. The aftermarket grip-makers at least were savvy enough to design their replacement grips to fill in the gap behind the triggerguard that the T-Grip did - so, you just didn't need the Tyler unless you were so cheap or tragically un-hip that you stuck with the factory wood. ;)

    Then, of course, Craig Spegel's "Boot Grip" became so wildly (and deservedly) popular that Uncle Mike's licensed the design and produced it in rubber(okay, "Santoprene"), which S&W in turn installed on J-frames straight from the factory. In short order, Eagle Grips came out with the similar "Secret Service" and Hogue with the "Bantam" grip. All of which are excellent grips for carry, that still give decent control while shooting.

    But then...guys who actually carried revolvers concealed, daily, began to figure out that cover garments stick to, print, and hang up on those nice, soft, cushy rubber Packies and Boot-Grips. And then, they came to realize that a $30 Tyler and factory stocks out of the $5 bargain box at the gun shop felt, worked and shot the same as wood Secret Service or genuine Spegel-made wood Boot grips, for 1/2 the cost. Which, of course, the old-school guys whose wheelguns had worn T-grips since the Eisenhower administration had known all along. :p

    I, of course, came to appreciate the feel and function of the Tyler T-Grip 2 years ago on my Ruger Security-Six, whose Gripper-style Pachmayrs felt horrible to my hand, and which no other grips would fit except for - yep, factory wood, which still needed the T-grip to finally feel right. And now, of course, I have factory wood and a Tyler on my other Speed-Six, and white Hip-Grips plus T-Grip on the nickel Smith 442 I regularly CCW - it's small, smooth, and doesn't snag, hang up, print or show through, even under just a T-shirt.
  19. Logan5

    Logan5 Well-Known Member

    There's always a market for the Tylers, simply because they work. Granted, Tyler T-grips could be marketed more efficiently, but people still track them down and buy them even with the current system because they're a simple little thing that performs exactly as advertized and it's a huge shootability boost for not so much money.
  20. warwagon

    warwagon Well-Known Member

    I didn't get the memo either!

    A T-Grip, with the Barami on a 2.5 P&RMod 66 was my off duty companion for many years, and with any luck, will be again soon.

    Ah.........the memories!

    (still have one on my Mod 49)

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