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Dressin' Up My J-Frame

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by InkEd, Nov 24, 2010.

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  1. InkEd

    InkEd Member

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    I've had a 442 for a couple years now. I like it pretty well. The factory boot grips were quickly replaced with some Hogue Bantam Jr. I don't carry it often and it's mostly a range toy. Anyway, I am thinking of putting a pair of wood grips on it. I think it MAY help improve my grip and if nothing else make it look nice.

    What kind of attractive grips do you have on your j-frames?
    (Any kind of rubber grips INCLUDING laser grips are NOT attractive.)

    Do you find them more comfortable than rubber grips?
     
  2. InkEd

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    Nobody has a j-frame with nice grips to show?
     
  3. Racinbob

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    Personally, I like the looks of the factory target grips. I prefer the smooth type. I have a pair coming that should arrive before this weekend. They're intended for my 60-4 target model and have beautiful graining. I'll post a pic once I get them. I'll even put them on my 442 so you can see how they'd look on yours. I carry the 442 with Pachmayrs.
     
  4. PRM

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    Model 60-9

    High Polish done by hand with a terri-cloth towel and Mothers Mag Polish (surprisingly quick ~ one evening while watching TV.

    Ivory Grips to set it off.
     

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  5. gschoelles

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    I like Larger wooden grips for heavy loads and dislike rubber because they grab clothing when concealed.
     
  6. ChristopherG

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    I've got no camera (at the in-laws for the holiday) but can at least point you at pictures of Craig Spegel's grips, of which I am a big fan. Particularly for the Centennial hammerless revolvers like yours, his are the best thing going.

    Dang; used to be his distributor, lightning arms, had sample pics--looks like no longer. Well, we do what we can:

    http://www.craigspegel.com/
     
  7. InkEd

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    Thanks racinbob!

    I thought about a pair of the older style grips shaped like those ivory ones. Are they comfortable? At all?
     
  8. Olympus

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    I'd recommend Ahrends grips. I just bought two sets for my K-frame and they are a very good fit and quality seems to be good as well.
     
  9. Racinbob

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    Here you go InkEd. The new grips came in today and I love them. One pic is the 'normal' configuration I'll have them. I like the rubber on my carry for my style and the looks and feel of the target grips thrills me. The other pic is the target on my 442 and another option for you. Fingergroove Combat style. These are S&W originals and feel great but on that 60 target I prefer the Target grips. It's a range and fun gun for me. So I decided to sell the fingergroove grips and they are on Ebay right now. The guy I got the target grips from has lots more, both checkered and smooth on Ebay right now. His delivery time is great. Bought them Sunday, received them today. He's on the high side but I wanted that set. Pachmayr used to make wood grips with the rubber fingergroove insert but they are a bit hard to find. The S&W combat grips are hard to find as well and usually command a fairly high price. The target style I just got will fit a round or square butt equally as well. The fingergroove combat will only fit a round butt. There's lots of choices but for me, I'll stick with S&W original grips.
     

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    Oh yea, the smaller Magna grips like the ivory set are to small for my hands and don't tame the recoil very well. Good choice for carry though.
     
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    Nice polish job PRM. Here's a 60 I did a while back with original magna grips for InkEd to see.
     

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    As ChristopherG mentioned above (my favorite)

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    Here's my 640 with Hogue wood. I like the look, but as some warned me, it's a little slippery.
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    I'm a big fan of Badger Custom Grips I have a set of their Boot Grips on my M642 and a set of the slightly longer grips on my M640, both in Rosewood. They are comfortable to shoot and look really nice IMO.

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    I didn't like the boot grips it came with and changed them out with a set of performance center grips. Looks great, in my opinion, and the extra half inch in length helps with control.
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    I put a set of grips from the pro center intended for the Model 60 onto a 1985 vintage 3 inch blued Model 36 Chief. They fit and look great, and feel great as well. The longer grip makes it for me,..and the checkering and S&W logo sets them off.
     
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    Glasan do you have a link to where I can find those grips?
     
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    TO Ink Ed:

    I contacted S&W Customer Service,..did a direct order,..cost me $43 and shipping,..and had them in 4 days.

    qa@smith-wesson.com
     
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    InkEd...As thunder173 said, just call S&W direct and order them up. They also come in black but they don't look nearly as nice.
     
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    The part number is 411740000 the cost is $42.97 plus shipping. You can order them by calling S&W customer service direct 800 331 0852 x2905. I spoke to Wayne,.....he got them out right away.
     
  22. Prosser

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    Do you have a shot showing how thick those grips are?

    Thanks

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  23. InkEd

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    If it's not too much trouble could you show be a rear view of those PC grips?
     
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    I've been very happy with my "banana" grips on my m37. The addition of that extra finger on the grip is very helpful but they do not have the bulk added in the front of the grip.
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    I have had this Model 60 for over 35 years. Over that time, it has worn countless grip types. Rubber, banana, boot, etc. Finally settled on diamond magnas from S&W store and a T-Grip. Works great for concealed carry. OK on the range. Plus, I like the look. These grips are a bit oversize and I had to do some fitting on them.

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