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Help me choose a good grip for my new N frame

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by swingpress, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. swingpress

    swingpress Well-Known Member

    I just picked up a Smith and Wesson 625 for a game gun. I like the factory Hogue grips, except that there's room for my hand to go up about a half-inch closer to the bore axis, which should allow for faster follow-up shots. Unfortunately, the Hogue grip prevents this because of the half-inch drop behind the trigger guard.

    Would anyone like to suggest a similarly sized grip that allows the middle finger to get more directly behind the trigger guard? Perhaps one without finger-grooves?

    Last edited: Apr 26, 2007
  2. GrandmasterB

    GrandmasterB Well-Known Member

    Just take a Dremel to your Hogues... :D

  3. swingpress

    swingpress Well-Known Member

    It may come to that.
  4. Stainz

    Stainz Well-Known Member

    For a fast grab in competition, ie, no f.g.'s, you really can't beat Jerry Miculek's wood grip ('Bang!') - also available from Brownell's. Your hand can go nearly as high as the top of the backstrap (When I replaced my 625 2/05, I did so with a new 625JM - only $10 more than the standard 4" - and the included JM stock was $70 then!). This is also true of the square conversion Ahrends wood stocks, with or without f.g.'s - and his new retro 'Target' grips, too - check Kim Ahrends site. For the best 'feel' in Hogue rubber, I defer to my .500 Magnum grips I have on my two 629's - they cover the backstrap for some recoil absorption - and fill my hand better. I can't stand the OEM Hogue's that came on many of my S&W's. If you want to 'test' the feel of those .500 Hogue grips, simply visit your dealer and pick up any .460 or .500 S&W - they all use them ($35 - only from S&W Accessories.). Good luck!

  5. Z_Infidel

    Z_Infidel Well-Known Member

    What Stainz said. I personally like the area behind the trigger guard to be filled in because it gives me more leverage on the trigger. I haven't tried the JM grips but I really like Ahrends wood grips and have them on all my blued steel revolvers. The .500 Magnum grips are also a big improvement over the regular Hogues, especially for hard recoiling guns. They fill the hand nicely and allow a great deal of control when shooting. If I still owned either a scandium or stainless .45ACP revolver that's the grip it would be wearing.
  6. Deanimator

    Deanimator Well-Known Member

    Shoot a 4" Model 29-2 with Winchester white box magnums and you'll REALLY appreciate having that space behind the guard filled! Without it, it's like having Mike Tyson rap your knuckles repeated with a pool cue!
  7. Master Blaster

    Master Blaster Well-Known Member

    I look for grips that fill in the area under the trigger guard for this reason. When I bought my TR22 .45acp. The standard grips although they looked cool made the gun very unpleasant to shoot. The hogues made them wonderfull.
  8. Deanimator

    Deanimator Well-Known Member

    For moderately powerful S&W revolvers and loads, magnas and a Tyler T-grip work quite well.

    I was shooting my 4" 29-2 last night with Federal and CCI 200gr. hollowpoint loads last night. I have Pachmayr Presentations on it, but magnas and a T-grip would have worked as well, if not better.
  9. mdao

    mdao Well-Known Member

    I'll have to disagree with the filled in area under the trigger guard. My hands are marginal on an N-frame as it is. The Ahrends RB smooth grips work much better for me than the JM grips.

  10. earplug

    earplug Well-Known Member

    Remove the area

    I had the JM stocks, Hogues work better for me.
    On my N and K frames I have ground down parts of the rubber Hogues.
    You may be able to grind and polish the area behind the trigger without any problem.
  11. floridaboy

    floridaboy Well-Known Member

    Get the wooden Hogue's, and remove material as needed. I have them on a M24 and a 686, never had a reason to look at anything else.

    GUNKWAZY Well-Known Member

    The good thing is there's TONS of choices when it comes to S&W grips.
    Something's bound to work for you.


    Jeff (GUNKWAZY)
  13. swingpress

    swingpress Well-Known Member

    Hopefully I'll find a solution without having to try them all.

    I like the looks of the Ahrends RB. I'll keep my eye out for those or a set of JM grips at the next match and see if I can fondle them on someone else's gun.

    Thanks for the tip about the JM grips being on Brownells, I had looked on Midway and not found them.

    In the meantime, I'll have a look at the Hogues on the bigger guns and see if I like them, and maybe hack up my existing Hogues as well.

    Thanks for all the ideas!
  14. Banshee

    Banshee Well-Known Member

    I have S&W new X frame grip on my 629. I like it very much..
  15. 8ring

    8ring Well-Known Member

    Your choice depends on the size of your hands, the type of shooting you do, the recoil and power factor of your loads, where you place your right thumb, and whether you need to do fast reloads with moonclips or speedloaders.

    I have large, thin hands and Hogue SW 500 grips work well for me when shooting USPSA revolver class. I grip as high as possible to reduce muzzle rise. The downside of a very high grip is that you loose the ability to pull the trigger straight back.

  16. mainmech48

    mainmech48 Well-Known Member

    If you want something that will fit your hand exactly as you want it to, and aren't dead-set on it being neoprene or rubber, give Herrett's Stocks a call or check out their website.

    They have several styles which they will custom make to the dimensions of a tracing of your hand in your choice of woods and with your choice of optional features. The workmanship is first class, the turn-around times reasonable, and the prices are quite affordable.

    There are of course many other custom makers, one of whom may offer something more to your particular tastes. I offered Herrett's simply because I've had several pairs made for me over the past thirty-odd years, and every design puts my hand in exactly the right relationship to the weapon for the type of shooting I had in mind for it.

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