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[Pics] Colt DS / Cobra custom grips

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by NCBeagle, Jul 31, 2008.

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  1. NCBeagle

    NCBeagle Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    I have been experimenting with stocks for the later “generation” Colt Detective Special / Cobra, trying to see what is aesthetically pleasing and functional for concealed carry. The factory wood looks great but prints like a brick. The factory rubber conceals well enough but…well, rubber just doesn’t look right.

    There are many quality custom grip makers; however, the Badger Custom Grips and Eagle Grips consistently receive high marks from varied sources. I ordered the Badger boot grips and Eagle “Secret Service” grips because they are marketed as having been designed for concealed carry and look damned good. My goal with this thread is to create a resource for those who want to preview these grips on the Detective Special / Cobra and compare them side-by-side.

    You may have seen some of these pictures in earlier posts. Most of these pictures are new for this thread.

    Here are two 1975 Cobras wearing the factory wood stocks.


    Here is a 1993 Detective Special wearing the factory rubber, possibly produced for Colt by Pachmayr. One of the experts might know who made the grips. These are not completely unattractive and tend to snag clothing less often than some soft rubber grips, like Hogues.


    These are Badger’s walnut boot grips. Absolutely beautiful.


    These are the Eagle Secret Service grips in checkered rosewood. These are stunning.


    Here are a couple pictures of the Badger and Eagle grips side-by-side.


    Here are pictures of the Badger, Eagle and factory wood grips side by side:


    These pictures should show the relative size of each style grip. These two pictures show (left to right) factory wood, Badger boot grips and Eagle secret Service grips. The Badger grips are markedly smaller than the others in terms of width and extension below the bottom of the metal grip. I expected the Eagle Secret Service to be smaller. The factory rubber appeared to have a smaller profile than the Eagle.


    Here is a bottom view (left to right) factory wood, Eagle, and Badger.


    I will let the pictures speak for themselves and it was a pleasure to do business with both of these companies. Jim Badger returned my call immediately, took my order on a Saturday and delivered by grips on Tuesday. Amazing. Eagle initially delivered smooth Secret Service grips (I ordered checkered). I called and Bill at Eagle and he immediately shipped the correct checkered grips and was apologetic. Everybody makes mistakes and this was promptly corrected with no additional hassle. That is good customer service.

    The Badger and Eagle grips are both well fit and finished. My personal preference is the Badger boot grip, based solely on the slimmer and shorter profile. The walnut is also closer in color to the factory wood. In terms of feel, the Badger and Eagle grips feel slightly different but very good. This is all so subjective that it makes little difference what I say. I hope these pictures are helpful

  2. GrandmasterB

    GrandmasterB Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    Fort Worth, TX
    Wow - Great post!

    I never owned the Badger grips, but I did have a set of Eagle Secret Service grips on my now sold Detective Special. The ones I had were markedly shorter than yours, in fact they didn't even cover the bottom of the grip frame.


    Sorry I don't have as detailed pics, but just look at the screw hole and you can see how much shorter these are.

    I wonder what the difference is -- does Eagle have two styles of Secret Service grips?

    The Badgers look PERFECT! I always thought the Eagles I had were too short and if they could just extend below the bottom of the grip frame by 3/8" or so, that would be the best. Looks like that is what the Badgers do.
  3. bflobill_69

    bflobill_69 Member

    May 30, 2008
    Northcentral, AZ
    Beautiful old Colts...

    ...My MOM just bought 2 Diamondbacks in .38sp and .22lr - the .38 has the same Pachymar's you have on that DS - nice grips in my opinion!

    Now I need a Diamondback, but for what they are getting for them these days - I can wait LOL!

  4. Cocked & Locked
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    Cocked & Locked Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Silver Hill, NC
    I'll admit, the factory grips on the newer D frames feel like a 2X4 and look as bad. If I was going to carry my Cobra, I would switch to something like you have...they look nice and seem like they would feel better

    Cobra 1973

    I prefer the way they were...

    DS 1947
  5. NCBeagle

    NCBeagle Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    Charlotte, NC

    Great picture. I see what you are saying about the extra length on my SS grips. I expected something shorter based on the website photo. Somebody on another forum posted shorter SS grips as well. I will ask Bill at Eagle about this on Monday.

    As mentioned in my first post, Eagle initially sent smooth SS grips. I mailed the smooth set back and Eagle immediately mailed the correct checkered grips. I received the grips in the picture yesterday ....and I received another set of these beautiful Eagle grips this afternoon. I am not sure why. I only ordered one set and no invoice accompanied the second grip. I'll call Eagle on Monday and will mail the grip back if it was an error. If it was a second grip to compensate me for the initial incorrect delivery, it is certainly not necessary. Mistakes happen and it has been a pleasure to do business with Eagle.
  6. Phydeaux642

    Phydeaux642 Member

    Jul 16, 2007
    Man, those Eagle grips are gorgeous. Maybe my DS needs a little spiffing up.
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