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Round or Square Butt?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Atticum, Jun 18, 2010.

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  1. Atticum

    Atticum Member

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    Specifically, the S&W Model 64.

    Is there any reason to prefer one over the other?
     
  2. Spartacus451

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    You can make a round square, but you can't make a square round. Okay, you can, but you have to be handy with a file. The round butt doesn't print as much.
     
  3. rmfnla

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    "...you can't make a square round."

    Sure you can; just takes a little cutting & welding. ;)

    I used to "round butt" 6 inch model 66 S&Ws; made 'em look like old-time revolvers!

    Wish I still had one, or at least a photo so show, but they were real popular.
     
  4. Landlocked Pirate

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    For short barrel revolvers (3" and under) I like a round butt, but for 4" or greater I prefer a square butt because it provides a heel surface against the palm. This helps me to better control the increased forward balance of the gun.
     
  5. SharpsDressedMan

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    What are we talking here? About 1/4 inch of steel at the heel of the butt? I don't know about all of you, but on my 200+ lb. body, and the clothes I wear over my CCW, a little extra steel on the heel isn't going to get noticed by anyone. They are either going to see my gun "print" in general, or, probably, not at all. I would go with whatever you like, aesthetically, or if it truly gives you a better feel, or point shoots better, but that might mean shooting both styles to some extent before you know. I find I can shoot with either style in a K-frame, but have come to prefer the square with a grip adapter or boot style grips.
     
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    I have both a 686 slab round and a Mod 10 sq I would pick up the sq first in any real confrontation.
     
  7. tekarra

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    The round butt fits my hand better than the square butt. For that reason, I rounded the butt on my 4" Mod 65.
     
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    As others have said, you can put squared-off grips on the round grip frame, but you can't put round grips on the square frame. I'd get round butt, for the flexibility.

    I have Smiths with square and round, with various grips in different materials, and there's something to be said for all the variants.
     
  9. LouisianaMan

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    They both work for me in J, K and N frames. (Haven't tried L frames.) Personally, if open carrying, either is fine; concealed, I'd prefer round butt.
    Does it point well for you & fit your hand? If so, that may be your answer.
     
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    I have a model 65 (.357 version of the model 64) with a round butt. When I first picked it up, it had the square target grips and soon switched them out to the smaller round grips. Huge difference for concealed carry (at least for me). I much prefer the round grips, as they fit my hand better.
     
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    I agree with the other posters, if you want to carry your M64 as a CCW, round butt is a better choice. The selection of small K frame square butt grips is very limited, whereas small round butt K frame grips are cheap and plentiful.

    If you do go with a square butt you can still make it very concealable with a set of boot grips. IMOO the out of production uncle mikes boot grip for square butts are the best concealable grips out there that are reasonably priced (~$20 at gun shows or ebay/gunbroker). Spegel boot grips are top of the line but they start at $60 and climb rapidly. Both grips make a K frame square butt almost as small a round butt.
     
  12. merlinfire

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    I think most of us prefer the round. Square makes it look like you got in a construction accident
     
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    I prefer the square butts on K frames, round butts feel like there's nothing there at the bottom, no support.
     
  14. BullfrogKen

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    I like the square better. Then again, I prefer the arched mainspring housings on 1911's over the flats, too. It's a matter of what your hand likes.
     
  15. Ohio Gun Guy

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    I like them a little curvy, in jeans. :what::rolleyes::)
     
  16. geologist

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    Round butt with a Tyler T grip adaptor on K frame snubbies.
     
  17. Oro

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    Exactly.

    This has been my rule for years. Works well. After they stopped putting square frames on guns in 1994, I stopped buying ones over 3" made after that date. Thank goodness they've brought them back recently.
     
  18. 351 WINCHESTER

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    My hands prefer round butts, but each to their own.
     
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    OK, off topic but a funny story (and true), and seems like a cute one for Father's Day:

    My grandfather was a cowboy for 20 years. He had long since moved on when I was old enough to remember him. I asked him once why he quit and he said (brusquely, like everything he said): "MY A** GOT ROUND!" I asked what that meant. He said (almost yelling): "Boy, you have to have a square a** to ride a horse. When your a** gets round you keep falling off!"
     
  20. S&Wfan

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    I like 'em BOTH!;)
     
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    I generally like round butts more ... but frankly it seems to be personal preference. It just feels slightly better.
     
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    Just my own preference...

    Round on 2" and 3" because it looks more balanced and makes a small revolver easier to carry concealed. Square on 4" and up because it looks more balanced and it fits my hand better with a heavier revolver.
     
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