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J-frame rubber grip surgery.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by miko, Oct 30, 2006.

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  1. miko

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    By popular demand ( http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=228714 ), here are the pictures of the 3-finger combat grip after I converted it into a 2-finger "boot grip".

    I cut off the rubber first, then removed the protruding metal plate with a hacksaw (I would ordinarily prefer to use a fine-toothed table saw for a clean, straight cut), then roughly smoothed the edges of the plates and the rubber with a file - I didn't try very hard at the last operation, so it does not look like factory job.

    There is a partial narrow gap between the halves of the grip at the heel.

    One could make the grip even shorter by cutting the grip flush with the heel of the handle. I might try that later.

    Note the maimed Blue Gun replica that ws made to fit the replacement grips. White stuff is Scotch tape.

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  2. 10-Ring

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    Nice job...how's it feel when you shoot it? :scrutiny:
     
  3. miko

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    Imagine being hit with a hammer wrapped in 1/4 inch of rubber rather than a naked one. Still very painfull but quite an improvement. :)

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  4. ArchAngelCD

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    Why didn't you just put a set of Uncle Mike's boot grips on your snub like the ones that come stock on the J frames.
     
  5. Headless

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    Closed/covered backstrap = good. The stock grips suck as far as recoil reduction go; you've got a long, thin slice of metal right against your hand. It's like being beaten with an aluminum bat to fire it like that.
     
  6. miko

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    :confused:
    My 340 J-frame came with Hogue Bantam Grip - excellent concealment, great fit but open backstrap. I would rather have that on my 3" steel M60 if I didn't want all three grips identical.
    http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/...&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=16268&training=

    My M60 came with Uncle Mike's Combat Grip - three finger one. It feels great, has rounded top, unlike squarish Taurus grips that I triedd.
    http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/...&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=16268&training=

    As far as I see, the Uncle Mike's Boot Grip has open baskstrap - at least on top against the web of the palm, where it matters most. At least that's where it hurts for me.
    http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/...&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=16268&training=

    Besides, I already had Combat Grip for my m60 and I wanted all three to be identical (m60, 340 and blue gun replica), so it was one less to buy. But most importantly, I just love the feel of that nicely-rounded grip under the web of my palm.

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  7. miko

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    I should note that I used black Sharpie on the exposed plates to reduce the chance of attracting attention.

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    miko,
    My mistake, you're right, the Uncle Mike's boot grips do have an open backstrap. I had forgotten because I replaced them with wooden stocks. :eek:
     
  9. jon_in_wv

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    I hope you don't mind but I am so going to steal this idea. I just bought a S&W 337 and it just plain hurts to shoot it but I still would like to keep it for pocket carry. These grips should fit the bill quite nicely. Thank You very much for our ingenuity.
     
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