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J Frame busting my knuckle

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  1. beeenbag
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    So as the title says, are my hands just too large or is there an optimal grip for a j frame?

    My instinctual grip is the thumbs forward grip for autos, and clearly this isn’t a good grip for a j frame, so I reversed to the classic tucked thumb type grip to keep them away from the front of the cylinder. When doing this, the cylinder latch just eats away at my thumb knuckle with every shot.

    I wear an xxl glove, but generally don’t have problems with short autos, although I have to be careful with the lcp as my thumbs will go past the muzzle with my standard grip.

    Any advice?
     
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    Which grip is on the gun? If not a boot or banana grip, maybe one of those would help??
     
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    I have the classic wood grips for the j frame with the Tyler t grip installed.
     
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    Try without the t-grip. Then you might be able to get your hand lower on the grip and your pinky under the butt of the grip. This puts your thumb under the release.

    If you PM me an email, I can send photos of what I mean
     
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    Perhaps a grip that covers the backstrap might put some extra distance between your thumb and the release?
     
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    Pictures for reference

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    beeenbag

    I have just the opposite problem; my hands are somewhat small and short. The J frame factory grips with a Tyler T-Grip adapter or the factory rubber boot grips work out just fine for me. Consequently grips like the larger Pachmayr Compacs, Gripper, and the American Legend, which are too big for my hand, might be more to your liking.
     
  9. Pat Riot

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    I have large hands. I wear XXL gloves. My 442 wears the stock grip that it had on it when I bought it and the problem you are describing has never been a problem for me.

    I did have your near exact set up on my model 36 and I have had the cylinder release catch my thumb knuckle but not if I keep a very tight grip on it. I am planning to replace the grips on that one to a nice wood grip that emulates the shape of the synthetic grip in my 442.

    I was told that the stock grip on my 442 was a Hogue Bantam but I haven’t really looked into that.

    I hope you figure it out so you can enjoy you revolver. :)

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    Just ordered a set of pachmayr grips. We shall see how those fair.
     
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    Which one did you order? The one I linked to or one of their other grips?
     
  12. George P

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    You might l;ike the very ugly, but very functional ERGO Delta grip

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    Went with the rosewood pachmayrs. The ones you linked to were out of stock.
     
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    Rosewood you say, I really like Rosewood. I have a set of Badger Custom Rosewood grips on my M442.

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    Those are sharp!
     
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    I just don’t think I could handle that ugly ducking
     
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    The way they work for me really improves their appearance in my eyes. Form follows function.
     
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    The grips on your 442 are the amazing yet discontinued uncle mikes boot grip.
     
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    I am 6'6" and have large hand even for my size. The main thing is to tuck your pinky under the grip and hold it a little tighter than usual. Of course, get the biggest grips that you can. But seriously, learning to shoot well with your pinky tucked underneath the grip is the main thing.
     
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    I have small hands and I have the same issue. After a while I got used to it, I shoot the gun a lot. If Im shooting for more than a few cyclinders I wear a glove.
     
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    The Altamont J frame boot grip solved a similar issue for me. Check them out if the Pach’s don’t do it for you.
     
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    43C29FC1-477D-4487-8DE9-AAF6E94AD1EC.jpeg I bought a set of the Altamont boot grips and found them to be uncomfortable except with the lightest of loads. The wooden ones look great but aren’t the best solution for comfort. The little J-frames are not known for mild recoil and can be brutal with some defense loads. If you intend to do a lot of shooting with one, get a set of good sized rubber grips. However, for concealment and personal defense recoil is not your primary concern.
     
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  25. paulsj

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    The main problem with short-barreled J frames is they come with stupid "boot grips" which are onLy useful if one ankle carries. I replaced mine with slightly thicker longer one once offered by S&W. One must be careful the one they pick is speed loader compatible. The best advice I can give is big people with large hands should by larger handguns. I mean one man's J frame is anothers L frame or G43 is anothers G29. Comprende usted?
     
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