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Who likes finger grooves on their Pistols and Rifles pistol grips?

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  1. John Joseph

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    If you want finger grooves do it right. Send Herret's and outline of your hand and they'll carve a perfect fit.
     
  2. doubleh

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    I do and my hands are medium sized. I make my own grips so they always fit but most aftermarket grips that I've held fit pretty well also.
     
  3. 460Shooter

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    There might be something to the hand size thing. I wear XL gloves and they are boney. I’ve always really liked finger grooves on revolvers. However on semi about pistols and rifles they always feel wrong. I’m always trying to get my hand as high as possible on a semiauto pistol and finger grooves interfere with that.

    Recoil is different on the two though so I guess that comes into play.

    They make no sense to me in rifles, but if folks like em, who am I to argue?
     
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  4. WheelGunMan

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    It's kind of a love/hate relationship. I love the Hogue Tamer grips on my LCR'S. They seem to fit my hands really well. Not a big fan of their boot grips.

    I had a set of Pachmayr Diamond Pro's on my SP101 that are great... Liked them so much that I put a set on the LCR... it sucks!! (for me anyway).

    I tried a large set of Hogue finger groove on my Security Six... (Awful feel and look). Put the Pachmayr Presentation grips back on ... Much better. Tried a set on my SP101..feels OK... looks ugly.

    Put a set of the Pachmayr wood grips on the SP101 ...feel great..and I kinda like the looks.

    Grips are like holsters. You eventually end with a drawer full of them.
     

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  5. jmr40

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    Some of my guns have them, some don't. I simply don't notice either way. I'd have to go open my safe and look to see exactly which do and which don't
     
  6. old lady new shooter

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    I did not like the factory grips (with grooves) on my 686, replaced them with Hogue grooveless, much better but if I knew how to sculpt rubber I would like to remove a little bit behind the trigger guard. OTOH, my Colt King Cobra (the new one) has grips with grooves and they are fine for me. My hands are a little weird shaped, very large palms for a woman, but woman-length fingers which look short by comparison. I like a grip to be fat at the back to fill my palm.
     
  7. Armored farmer

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    Put me in the XL glove, pro finger groove column.
    I even have a set of finger groove pachmeier grips for my python (I was too ashamed to leave them on). 20160824_094659.jpg 20160920_222739.jpg
     
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  8. rskent

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    I guess I’m the outlier on this one. I like finger groves. They help me control the gun. I don’t care if they “fit” me or not. They still help. People seem to bash Glock finger groves a lot. One day I laid a G26 a G19 and a G17 in a row. None of the groves matched. They are all my guns, and I still want the groves. I don’t care what they feel like. The proof is on paper.

    With an AR, yup I still want that one finger grove on the A2 grip. I hang my middle finger on it, and it puts my trigger finger perfectly in the middle of the trigger with no contact on the frame at all. No “dragging wood”. My match rifle has a White Oak six-way buttstock (piles of money) and an A2 grip ($2). What can I say, I like it.
     
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  9. BAMASUPER45

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    I have a few Glocks with finger grooves. I couldn't imagine not having them. I have long, not so meaty fingers and I guess it's what I learned to shoot with. Glock 21 Gen 4, love em.
     
  10. Steel Horse Rider

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    As with many of the others, I put Hogue grips with finger grooves on all my revolvers over .357 mag in caliber but I do not like them on semi-autos of any caliber nor do I like them on any rifle. I wear XL gloves.
     
  11. herrwalther

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    I tend to like small footprint finger grooves. As odd as that sounds. For instance, Glocks are too large. On the newer Walthers (PPQ but not P22) are better. Glocks finger grooves are more pointed instead of waved. I see similar wavier grooves are S&W revolvers in this thread.
     
  12. If1HitU

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    Some of my handguns have grips with them and some don't.I have no problem with them or without them.:thumbup:
     
  13. silicosys4

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    The only grooved grips that work for me are the rubber Hogue grips for the sp101. I've bought a few other hogue grooved k frame wood grips and ended up reshaping every one. Just bought a gp100 that came with grooved hogues and they are going bye bye as soon as i find replacements. My gen 3 glock 19 is tolerable but I'm not a fan. I absolutely hate the pachmayr grooved grips that have came with multiple used revolvers I've bought, those get replaced asap.
     
  14. Aim1

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    What do you normally replace them with?
     
  15. silicosys4

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    Whatever I can find that's not a Pachmayr gripper.
    Last two pachmayr gripper equipped revolvers I replaced,
    The 625-3 grips were replaced with grooveless hogue wood, The 66-1 got factory S&W smooth presentation grips. Not scalloped as it would have been originally, but much better than what was on it.
    Night and day improvements in both looks and feel.
     
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  16. Deus Machina

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    Like so many others, I think my issue is mostly on autos.
    My revolver technique is more to cover all the grip. Less of a problem with the spacing, there. But I'm accustomed to a high grip on other pistols, and in that case if it doesn't fit me really well without the grooves, it's terrible with them.
     
  17. D.B. Cooper

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    Been there, done that with a 44 Magnum. (Ruger Redhawk 4.2" bbl, so pretty comparable to the Mtn. Gun-other than weight.)

    The original Hogue grips were crap. First thing I tried were Pachmayr Decelerator grips with the finger grooves. They're thin, so you can get your hands all the way around the gun. (The Redhawk, like the 629, has the full size traditional grip frame, as opposed to the post type grip on the Super Redhawk and GP100.) But I've always had trouble getting a shooting grip when grabbing the gun and presenting from the holster, so my first shot is usually inaccurate.

    Next thing I tried were the Pachmayr Presentation grips. These are similar to traditional wood grips. No finger grooves. I like that part. I feel like a get a better purchase on the gun, even though it's more difficult to get a wrap around grip with my support hand. Shooting one-handed is more of a challenge. The biggest problem I found with the Presentation grips was that the empty case in the 4 o'clock position would, more often than not, hit the grip on the way out of the cylinder. Subsequently, the case would drop back, under the ejector star and lock up the gun. In cold weather, with gloves, it was virtually impossible to get the case out. The speed loader and loaded rounds cleared the grip no problem; it was just the empty case and only the one in that one spot. I eventually went back to the grooved grips. Not the best, but I haven't had an empty case jump the ejector star since.
     
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  18. Aim1

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    Where the original grips the Hogue Tamer Tamer grips?
     
  19. kozak6

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    I love finger grooves... when they fit. Seems like it's not an issue with semiautos, but can be with revolvers.
     
  20. D.B. Cooper

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    No, they were the Hogue Monogrip. However, I have shot a Redhawk 44 with Hogue Tamer grips and if you blindfolded me, and all I had to go on was fit and feel, I doubt I could tell you which was the Hogue Tamer and which was the Pachmayr Decelerator. Possibly, the stippling on the Hogue might be a slight advantage. I would most likely choose the Tamer over the Presentation, just due to the case extraction issues.
     
  21. jmohme

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    I have guns with and without.
    For the most part, I am indifferent. Glocks are a great example. Some like them with, some without. I have both and almost do not notice the difference.
    On the other hand, I have two guns with Hogue Monogrips with finger grooves and those are great. Especially on my Ruger revolver.
     
  22. 1KPerDay

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    Depends on the gun for me.
    Glock 19/23 no
    Glock 17 size don’t mind them
    Glock 21/41 size don’t like them
    Do like them on Hogue rubber for High Power
    Hate them on Beretta Hogue rubber for 92 Brig
    Don’t mind them on Hogue wood for K frame round butt
    Don’t like them on Python
    Do like them on Pachy rubber for N frame.
    Don’t like the AR/A2 grip
    do like them on Ergo AR grip.
    *shrugs*
     
  23. crestoncowboy

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    I like grooves. All my glocks have grooves. I have hogue grips with grooves on all my sig P-series guns. On my berettas. On my 1911s. Even on my p series Rugers I use the slip on hogue with grooves. I'm tall and have bigger hands than most though so maybe that's the difference. I even took off the delta triangle grips on my delta elite and use wrap around hogues with grooves.

    I never liked the hogue on a revolver but only because they made the guns seem thin. No issue with the grooves
     
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  24. Archie

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    I prefer non groove grips with discreet checkering on the front strap.

    If I can take my time, I can fit my fingers into the grooves. In a hurry - and when I carried a revolver I always wanted my sidearm in a hurry - my fingers just don't mesh. Which is odd, I don't seem to be deformed.
     
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  25. cougar1717

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    The hand and finger descriptions in this thread are awkward. There, I said it. You know you were thinking it. haha.

    Gun and grip manufacturers have finger grooves or lack thereof due of sales, tradition, and gun fashion du jour. Unlike other du jour features like today's factory milled slides for optics, this feature bears on personal fitment. They typically can't offer finger groove grips for S,M,L,XL for every gun they manufacture or grip they produce - at least yet. If they go the finger groove route, they have to choose spacing and height. This means that for some people it will be perfect, for some - ok, for some - not ideal but usable, for some - terrible. If you think about the responses here, finger grooves are typically made for people with an XL or larger glove size.

    The other consideration is: Who is going to use this firearm? If it is only you and the finger grooves fit you, then there is no problem. However, a wife or daughter may have a terrible time trying to shoot the same gun because it doesn't fit them well. The FBI famously required no finger grooves on their recent handgun RFP presumably because they have a significant amount of agents with various hand sizes.

    Lastly, finger grooves have kept me from purchasing handguns, that I would have otherwise purchased, due to poor fitment. I'm not one to take sandpaper or a dremel to adjust the grips or get rid of grooves - I just refuse to buy handguns that don't fit well and purchase ones that do. In today's age of user configurable backstraps and grip panels, some manufacturers have realized that one size does not fit most.
     
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