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Tell Me About Wood Grips ~ S&W 686

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by .., Jan 17, 2008.

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  1. ..

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    Finally found a 686 with my name on it. While I'm waiting for it's arrival I'd like to order a set of wood grips. Gun will be for range/home defense. Recomendations?
     
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    One word; Nill.
     
  4. ..

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    Thanks fellas. Chickenfried, she's purdy. :D
     
  5. ..

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    I'm sure Nill's are nice, but too expensive. I'm leaning towards a darker color, the revolver is stainless.
     
  6. SJshooter

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    I think the best grips are still the vintage wood grips, which are widely available. Depending on which style you choose, you can radically change the appearance of the same gun. The below gun is a K-frame 66, but close enough to show you the styles. They are, in order:
    1) With factory magna grips
    2) With factory magna grips and Tyler-T
    3) With factory smooth target grips
    4) With factory traditional checkered target grips
    5) With factory combat grips

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  7. Starter52

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    IMO for classic good looks nothing beats a pair of factory target stocks. Prices for K/L-frame targets are still reasonable on the auction sites. Prices for N-frames are nutz.

    IMO for shooting nothing beats a set of Pachmayr grippers.
     
  8. 19-3Ben

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    I'd go with Kim Ahrends. they are really nice.
     
  9. KINGMAX

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    686-1

    I have a 686-1, been part of the family a long time, :confused: so long I can't remember how long. :rolleyes: I think some where in the mid 70's. It was at one time a service revolver for a very large :what:Deputy-Sheriff from Cumberland County North Carolina. :fire: It served him well until he went to a 9MM. :eek: :evil:I,m glad he did. :evil:
     
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    I'm a big fan of Badger Custom grips. Nobody has mentioned them yet. The thing about badgers is that they arent for everybody. They have a very certain feel, which it seems like someone is bound to either love or hate. Ahrends are also quite nice, though perhaps a bit on the.. blander side compared to Badgers.

    Here's a pic of two of my guns that wear Badgers. And the second pic to give you sort of an alternate angle to see the somewhat unique shape. They are better looking in person then I seem to be able to get on film.
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  11. ravencon

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    Ahrends for me, without finger grooves.
     
  12. BlindJustice

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    I have the 686P 4" Bbl.-it has Guy Hogue K/L Compac with
    finger grooves/checkered in Rosewood. Unlike the full
    size the Compac taper in diameter toward the butt of the
    grip allowing the little finger full purchase. I'll email you a
    pic if you request it
     
  13. Frenchy

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    Ahrends...
     
  14. ..

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    Blindjustice, a pic would ge great. Thanks

    As of now I'm leaning towards Ahrends smooth target. Wish I could get them in something a bit blackish instead of cocobolo.
     
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    Call them.
     
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    How about ebony?
     
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    Ahrends doesn't do revolver grips in ebony, only 1911s for some reason. Eagle Grips does though.
     
  20. Sunray

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    They need to fit your hand before anything else.
     
  21. Snapping Twig

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    Here's a set of Hogue rosewood finger grips.

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    I guess I'm weird in that I prefer shooting with wood instead of rubber, even 357 Magnum.

    On my 686, I prefer my Ahrends round-to-square grooveless stocks. I ordered them unfinished and stained them myself:


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    Hogue Lamo Camo grips I have had on this 686 for doggone near forever.
     
  24. vanilla_gorilla

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    Bah. Everybody knows that the best L frame grips are the ones that looks like they were chewed on by squirrels.

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  25. ..

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    Nothing really talks to me. Maybe I should it the next gun show. Ahrends retro target grips look like what I want, just not thrilled with any of the colors I've seen.
     
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