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Wood grips for K frame

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by gregp74, Mar 16, 2020.

  1. gregp74

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    I got a good deal on an S&W 66 Combat Magnum. It's perfect, but I want to stick some nice wood grips on it. I've got small to mid sized hands. Would those Altamont Bateleur ones be a decent choice? Any other suggestions would be appreciated!
     
  2. .455_Hunter

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    Any of the Altamont Magna or Service style.
     
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    Kim Ahrends grips (no longer in business)--- might find on Amazon.
     
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    Kim Ahrends is out of business? Oof, that's unfortunate. They made my favorite grips.
     
  5. v8stang289

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    Wow, I didn't know that. All my Smith's wear Ahrends grips.
     
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  6. gregp74

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    I've got the Altamont combats on my j-frame. Nice, but they're a little small even for my hands.
     
  7. Rex B

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    Hard to beat the old Factory target grips. does anyone make repros for reasonable money?
     
  8. Mn Fats

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    Definitely keep Altamont as an option. Some guys stick to the ridiculous notion that rubber has some sort of a recoil buffer. Nope. A well fitting wood grip on a revolver is the way to go.
     
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  9. .38 Special

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    Culinagrips.com specializes in wood grips for S&W revolvers. I have several pair and they are very good quality at a fair price. I use a pair of Magnas, with a Tyler T-grip, on my EDC Model 19.
     
  10. bersaguy

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    I'm one of those guys who stick to that ridiculous notion...though to be fair, I've never tried a custom wood grip. But when I swapped out the Paychmyer grips on my Security Six for some target wood grips, it became nearly unshootable with magnum loads. I would love to find some wood grips that fit, they look great and I can use speed loaders with them
     
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  11. Mn Fats

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    Hands are always different. The idea that 1/8th inch or less of rubber somehow buffers recoil is absolutely ridiculous. The grip on rubber is sticky and makes recoil more felt. One example, a plow handle Blackhawk "roll's" in your hand. A well fitting wood grip is superior in every way.
     
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    Mn Fats: I'll stick to my rubber Pachmyers because I know from shooting thousands of rounds of ammo in my revolvers that they do soften recoil and make control easier. There is a reason that many cops put rubber grips on their revolvers after taking off the factory wooden ones. Wooden grips are fine for gun safe queens. Have you ever shot a revolver?
     
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    To each his own, but I prefer a well fitting wood grip to any rubber that I've tried, and my guns are certainly not safe queens. I hardly consider the average police officer to be an expert on the matter as far as that goes, as their guns are often carried much more than shot.
    Often times factory wood grips leave a lot to be desired though, and certain rubber grips may be an upgrade over those.
    But in my opinion a wood grip that fits your hand is much more pleasant and accurate shooting.
     
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    I like my Dan Eagle grips on my M19. The target grips are a tad too thick for my comfort.
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  15. StrawHat

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    As the RO for my department and the armorer, I got to swap a lot of grips for Officers. Most did it to look cool.

    Have I ever shot a revolver? Enough to be in the Governor’s 20 when I competed in PPC. All shot double action, out to 50 yards in competition, beyond in practice.

    One thing not mentioned, the rubber grips shift on the frame. This caused me to have two distinct but overlapping groups. Enough that it was noticeable. Switching to wood grips fixed that problem.

    Now, all off my revolvers have hard grips on them.

    Kevin
     
  16. 460Shooter

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    My Smith's get Nill Grips.
     
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    Agree 100%! The way the grip fits your hand is FAR more important than the material it's made from. This idea that rubber cushions recoil is purely myth.


    The problem is not wood grips, it's factory wood grips. In a word, they usually suck. Funny thing is, it's the same problem with rubber grips, they suck too but for different reasons. How do I know this? From shooting tens of thousands of rounds out of guns that recoil a hell of a lot more than anything a cop would carry. There's a reason why .475's and .500's never sport rubber grips.

    Not a safe queen (Keith Brown):
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    Not a safe queen (Lone Star):
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    Not safe queens. The .44 is now with a gripmaker for custom exotic wood grips. The .480 wears rubbers because of the shape, not the material:
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    Not a safe queen (Culina):
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    Not a safe queen (Culina):
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    Not safe queens (Culina):
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    Beautiful.

    Are those all custom grips?
     
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    I'm a huge fan of Kim Ahrend's stuff. Sad he's closed up shop.
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  20. Mn Fats

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    Myth. But like an above poster said, to each thier own. I really dont care what cops did with thier revolvers. What era are you even referring to?
    What!? Why would wood need to stay in a safe. Check out CraigC's revolvers.
    Yep. Have you? As CraigC pointed out it's not necessarily about the material, it's about the way the grips fit your hand. My 686 got Altamonts immediately. The rubber did nothing for my hands. The idea that a tiny amount of rubber acts as a cushion is purely in ones head. It's not like it's a recoil pad on a shotgun. But keep on thinking whatever you want.
     
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    Wood grips are no good for high recoiling handguns?

    News to me

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  22. hannstv

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    Rubber grips are ugly, they cling to cover garments.....but I have not found anything that will allow me to shoot a J or K frame S&W as fast and accurately as I can with Pachmayr Compac grips. If you are shooting slow fire it really doesn't matter what you use as long as you can get a comfortable grip. You have time to adjust you grip after each shot. As the man said your mileage may vary but that's what works for me and I have been shooting revolvers for almost 50 yrs.
     
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    All but the SRH's. I went back and added the source for each.
     
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  24. Dave T

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    Handgun stocks (grips to some) are such a personal thing it is silly to argue who's right in what they choose to use/shoot. If rubber makes your elevator go to the top floor, more power to ya. If wood makes your heart beat a little faster, enjoy. (smile)

    Dave
     
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    Poor photo but these are S&W grips that I cut down (some) and reshaped. Extremely comfortable.
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