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Bird's head grip for J frame?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by tprice, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. tprice

    tprice Well-Known Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    NW Georgia, USA
    For some odd reason I have become curious about bird's head grips. While i've been contemplating a new acquisition like one of the Uberti short barrel 357 models, does anyone know of a BH style grip for a J frame round-butt revolver?
  2. spclpatrolgroup

    spclpatrolgroup Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2011
    Its not just the grips, its teh frame of the pisol itself that is differnt, so I cant say for sure, but would doubt you will find a JFrame like that.
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    A good custom gunsmith could cut, bend, re-weld, and refinish frame and do it for a several hundred dollars.

    But, birds-head grips were designed for, and work best on SA's.
    You want the gun to roll up in the hand each shot to make thumb cocking easier.

    That is the exact opposite of what you want a DA revolver to do.
    You want them to stay locked in your hand so you don't have to re-adjust your grip every shot when firing fast double-action.
    And most everyones standard DA revolver grip is designed to do that.

    The closest you could come to a factory birds-head DA would be a standard S&W J-Frame round butt.

  4. Stainz

    Stainz Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2003
    Pinson, AL
    Once upon a time - in my Ruger period - I had to 'try' a BHG - in SS 4.6" .45 Colt. Neat - I wanted more. I got a similar one in .357M - then one in .32 H&RM - I needed a .44 for Specials and Russians - nothing. Wild hair time - I bought a 4.6" SBH and a QPR BHG 'in the rough'. I made the following - a BHG .44 to match my others:


    Yeah, that's a bit heavy for wimpy .44 Russians and Specials - but a real experience with warmer Specials - and downright memorable with real Magnums - the 'ball-like' grip rotates in your grip, halting when that hammer digs into your hand. When my Ruger period ended - it was the last to sell - and then only because the original SBH gripframe & grip were refitted. No one wanted a BHG SBH!

    So - carefully consider your decision to modify a J-frame's grip frame - it's not replaceable like a Ruger SA - changes will be forever - and selling it may be difficult. Now, a custom ball-like grip made for a RB J-frame... that's do-able!


    PS The .458 Lott round is for perspective - and to remind me of my part in the range-folly of seven years ago where we passed around a gorgeous Ruger 1H in .458 Lott - which I owned briefly (... should have kept it!). That original box of ammo was down to 12 rounds when I traded it - we each shot it and kept a round.Memories. My shoulder still smarts!
  5. Dain Bramage

    Dain Bramage Well-Known Member

    Jan 2, 2003
    Arlington, WA
    Some are more bird's head-like than others. Take, for instance, my Model 631 grip. It fills the palm differently than any other J-frame grip I've fired.

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