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J-frame grips - Tyler T vs Replacement

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by NoirFan, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. NoirFan

    NoirFan Member

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    Hi all, I've been spending more time practicing with the S&W 36 lately, and I'm looking for something that gives me a better hold on the weapon. I've got the factory panel grips on it and they slip downward in the hand when shooting 158gr defense loads:
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    I'd prefer to stay with wood grips that don't extend below the frame. So what's better, a Tyler grip adapter for my current grips, or a full replacement from Hogue, Eagle, etc? How do they compare to the Barami clip grips? I have medium-size hands, about 4" across the palm and 8" wrist-to-tip of middle finger.

    Also I'd appreciate general tips for getting better with the J-frame. I shoot K-frames and larger pretty well but these pocket revolvers are a different story.
     
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  2. gotboostvr

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    I'm a big fan of Tyler's T grips personally.

    I couldn't decide if I liked brass, or nickle better. So I got one of each!
     

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  3. ArchAngelCD

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    I have a Tyler T grip on my M36 with original service grips and my current carry M442 is fitted with a set of Rosewood Badger Custom boot grips. I like the looks of the original service grips better but the Badger grips are better for shooting, IMO.

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    Here is the M36, the T grip has been painted black now and blends in much better.

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  4. edmo01

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    I've been pleased with my T-grip seen here on a model 60 "no dash" with a square-butt. It is shown with my other J-frames sporting Altamont grips.

    The choice is yours based on your likes and wants.

    Edmo

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  5. Cooldill

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    I like Barami hip grips for carry. I think they're great, and pair well with a set of Tyler-T grips. Here is my 642-1 no-lock wearing that combo:

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    I've since sold the gun, but if I had to do it all over again I would have done the exact same thing! I don't believe the Barami company is in business anymore, but their grips are still available from places like eBay. Other than this I'd pair the factory wood grips with a Tyler-T adapter. It's slim and looks extremely classy but offers a good hold on the firearm. The wood won't snag on clothes or or when drawing, the checkering is decent, and the grip adapter just adds more real estate so everything doesn't feel so cramped.
     
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  6. bannockburn

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    I like them both; Tyler T Grip with factory stocks and the current boot style grips from S&W. I also have a Houge Monogrip on a Model 34 but I think they're a little too long for concealed carry.

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  7. CajunBass

    CajunBass Member

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    I don't have any on a snub anymore, but I favor a grip adapter if the gun has Magna grips on it.

    Here's one on a Model 14-2.

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    These days I use BK grip adapters, but only because they're a lot easier to get. I can go to their website, pick, order, and pay for right there, and have it in hand in a couple of days.
     
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  8. lincen

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    I've used the Tyler T but have really grown to like the various boot grips like the S&W one above.
     
  9. Cocked & Locked

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    I've got J-frames with Tyler T-grips...but I prefer Herrett's Shooting Ace walnut grips.

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  10. Coyote3855

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    I have Tyler T grip on my S&W Model 38 with factory grips and like the combination.
     
  11. Rick McC.

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    I prefer the boot grips to the stock ones plus t-grip myself.
     
  12. J-Bar

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    My wife and I have Crimson Trace grips on our J frames.

    Not wood, but comfortable and comforting.
     
  13. tipoc

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    Try them both and see which works best for you on which guns you have. The Tyler's are considerably less expensive.

    tipoc
     
  14. chicharrones
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    Unconventional looking, but I like that combo. :cool:
     
  15. Cocked & Locked

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    Thanks...I like that combo as well.

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    Of course Tyler T-grips ain't bad either.

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  16. NoirFan

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    I have to give a big shout out and thank you to forum member AZAndy, who saw this thread and offered to ship me a couple of J-Frame grips to try out, absolutely free. I'm really humbled and and appreciative of this act of kindness to a total stranger.

    Thanks again AZAndy
     
  17. Pat Riot

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    I bought a B K Grip that is a 2 brass tab unit that looks like a Tyler T grip, only plastic, for my model 36 and I am happy with it. Cost was $25.00.
     
  18. John Joseph

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    Pachmayrs fit my hand better than the factory stocks so I'll suggest checking them out---there are a couple of different models with different configurations.
     
  19. 1KPerDay

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    Boot grips feel better... T grips look better. IMO.
     
  20. Tony_the_tiger

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    Ahrend's grips for me.

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  21. mustachio

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    Here is my CA 44 Bulldog with OEM wood grips and BK adapter. It disappears with my IWB holster and is quite comfortable.

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