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i have always wondered..

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by papajack, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. papajack

    papajack Well-Known Member

    why single actions have a "plowhandle" shaped grip and double actions don't and have a curved grip?
  2. CrawdaddyJim

    CrawdaddyJim Well-Known Member

    You haven't looked at enough handguns yet my friend.

    Handgrip shape runs the gamut from birdshead to finger groove to plowshare. Most handgrip shapes were developed on single action pistols and transfered to double actions as they were invented.

    Plow handle with finger groove

    Plow handle bisley with birdshead at the bottom left

    birdshead with finger groove

    Plowhandle on a dbl action
  3. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    I have never heard a double action S&W grip described as a "plow handle" before! The plow handle grip on a single action allows the gun to rotate up after firing, this helps handle the recoil (up to a point) and puts the hammer in a nice spot for easy re-cocking. The double action grip frame is designed to keep the revolver from rotating up in your hand, that is what the "knuckle" on the top rear of the grip is for.
  4. CrawdaddyJim

    CrawdaddyJim Well-Known Member

    Some dbl actions have the knuckle some don't.
  5. Majic

    Majic Well-Known Member

    Sorry Crawdaddyjim but those double action revolvers don't have plowhandle grip frames. Evidently you have never seen a plowhandle. It has a smooth uninterrupted curve to it. Another name for the grip frame was the "hogleg". Also all double action revolvers have that "knuckle" in the grip frame. That "knuckle" is what keeps the revolver from rolling up during recoil so you can get off the next shot without repositioning the gun.
  6. Geronimo45

    Geronimo45 Well-Known Member

    Which is very handy for applying leverage on the DA trigger. A SA trigger doesn't need so much force.
  7. CrawdaddyJim

    CrawdaddyJim Well-Known Member


  8. Majic

    Majic Well-Known Member

    Remove the stocks on that 922 please?

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