Catchy title? I thought so. Then again, I amuse easily, especially when I am amusing myself! Ok, so… last week I was shooting my recently acquired S&W 629, 4” barrel and I, uh, overdid it. I was having such a good time I didn’t realize what a bad time I was having. I fired 250 rounds of mixed factory .44 magnum ammo, including some fire-breathing Remington 180 grain JSP at 1650 fps. I felt ok until the next morning, when I could barely hold my coffee cup. It almost felt like I had dislocated my thumb a little bit. I bought some padded motorcycle gloves and headed back to the range a couple of days later with my 629 and 6” Anaconda. Not so good. I made it through 5 rounds of Winchester 240 grain soft points and I’d had enough. Determined to find a solution, I found the Hogue “tamer” grips for sale online for $26 and figured I’d give them a try. The Tamers arrived yesterday and of course it took all of 13 seconds to get them on to the 629. I could immediately tell the difference, with the Tamers having a “squishier” backstrap than the OEM (Hogue too?) grips. Despite the squishiness, it was still easy to get a solid firing grip on the revolver. I don’t generally like finger grooves but these feel ok. Proceeding to the range today, I fired 50 rounds of 240 grain Winchester JSP through the 629 and…. Big difference. My hand is still sore from my previous abuse but this limited range session proved that these grips are transformative. I really wish Hogue would make these for the Colt Anaconda too; they’re that good. I like to shoot a lot when I’m at the range and I have every confidence that these grips will allow me to do that without having to ice my thumb for a few days. I’d love to have some beautiful wood grips on my magnums but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Anyway, thought I’d share and I hope this is helpful for other overdoers out there!