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Rubber grip gripes

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by joneb, Oct 21, 2006.

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  1. joneb

    joneb Member

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    I bought some Hogue two finger boot type grips for my S&W 36 , they feel and shoot great, but they are to dang grippy. I have, I meant my Wife has a Taurus m-85 ss with Uncle Mike's boot grips , and while I carried this gun I did'nt have a problem with my shirt hanging up on the grips like I do with the Hogues.
    Has anyone tried the Hogue nylon grips ? Is there a way to slick up my Hogue rubber ?
     
  2. tsalaf666

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    i have no idea about the nylons, but i can tell you for sure that there in no way to slick the rubber ones. rubber is just one of those materials that only gets stickier.
     
  3. Dienekes

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    Congratulations--most people think rubber is great because of the minor amount of recoil absorption--forgetting how draggy they are at all times. I have acquired a few sets over the years in gun deals, and routinely replace them. Then they go into the miscellaneous grip box and never come out again.

    Not sure if Hogue makes the nylons for the J frames but their Monogrip series for medium frame guns are "pebbled nylon" and work very well. Plenty of gripping power but don't drag or print. They are my default choice when I don't have a set of smooth wood Spegels on hand.

    Suggest you check with Hogue.
     
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    I agree with Dienekes.The best alternative is a smooth finished grip made from wood. Another source besides Hogue would be Eagle Grips. They make a model for snubbies called the "Secret Service" which is very similar to your "boot" grip.

    Some custom options would be Herrett's Stocks, Craig Spegel, and Ajax.
     
  5. 1911 guy

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    I don't like rubber grips, either.

    They seem to grab onto clothing and make printing a problem for me. My newest, a SA G.I., has recently been seen wearing Ajax smooth ivory grips. My current carry gun has checkered wood grips and wears holes in polo shirts at an alarming rate.
     
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    If your gun has the option of replaceable grips, like many revolvers do, I'd replace the factory grips with a stiff rubber aftermarket variety. I'm guessing by Hogue you mean the slip-on type. I agree with others that they're great for the range but terrible for carry. Grips that fit the gun, like those that come standard on a Kimber TLE, are a nice compromise. The rubber is stiff, so it increases grip (but does nothing for recoil absorbence) without being a problem for daily carry.
     
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    I have some nice wood grips for my S&W 340PD, but I keep going back to the rubber ones. Yes, the rubber hangs up on the shirt once in a while, but they sure keep the gun from jumping around in my hands while I'm firing. I just can't hold onto this little gun with smooth grips.
     
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    How timely - Just put an old set of checkered wood S and W grips on my 640. Got tired of having t0o futz with my shirt riding up and sticking on the rubber grips that came on the gun. By the way, if anyone out there has a set of old wooden j frame grips that they'd like to replace with rubber, I'll trade ya.
     
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    I'm phasing away from rubber grips too. I am prefering wood and proper checkering to do the job.
     
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    Yep, rubber grips will do that. I don't like them for that reason.
     
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    2 words = Armour All
     
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    Thanks gezzer, I was hoping for another solution, I never cared for that fake new look :( but I guess I'll give it a shot.
     
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    You can also try wrapping them tightly with electrical tape. It may require occassional replacement, but all the gushiness of rubber with the slickness of wood.
     
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    I'll go the other way. I love the rubber grips. I even put the Hogue slip-on grips on my autoloaders. Guess I wear baggy enough clothes that I don't have a "hang-up" hang up.
     
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    My carry guns have rubber grips but I didn't choose them based on that. Given that I carry in a "tuckable" holster, the rubber doesn't abosorb my sweat the way wood would.
     
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    I hate rubber grips for the same reason. there is one type of rubber grip that doesnt seem to grip clothes, it is the factory rubber grips on Ruger revolvers, I have no idea what makes that stuff special but thats what hogue should be making their grips out of.
     
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    Pachmayr doesn't seem to do this as badly as does Hogue. Just my experience. I think this is because the Pachmayr is textured (little pointed diamonds), and the Hogue was smooth. Thus, more bearing surface to cause undesirable effects.

    Doc2005
     
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