What a difference grips make!

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by mesinge2, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. mesinge2

    mesinge2 Active Member

    Dec 4, 2009
    Central Florida
    I had two revolvers that were uncomfortable to shoot to the extent that I never took them out of the safe.

    At the suggestion of a THR member I tried changing the grips. I ordered Hogue Exotic Hardwood grips for both and WHAT A DIFFERENCE!

    I am actually more accurate with them and even though I went from rubber to wood on one of them the recoil seems to be reduced.

    I think it is because the grips fill my hand better on the wood ones.

    I was just wondering if anyone else got grips that changed their perspective on a weapon?

    P.S. Here are the before and after for both guns:

    .44 Mag Ruger Redhawk

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    .357 Mag S&W M19-4

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    Last edited: Sep 29, 2010
  2. yes,all my revolvers and as many of my semi autos as possible have grips that are the same config.i always tell anybody that the gun must be comfortable for them to shoot well.you have found out what many of us already knew. old semple fi

  3. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    i noticed this with regards to 1911s. shot a taurus with some kind of grips they come factory with. they seriously just chap your hands. the ones on my ria are alot more comfortable and smoother.
  4. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Upstate NY
    I grew up in the era of checkered grips and I cannot shoot any DA revolver with smooth grips. A .22 maybe, but nothing with any kick. I just can't get a comfortable hold on the gun. I love the way smooth grips look, but I can't shoot with them.

    I like to shoot N-frame S&W revolvers, but the factory wood is not for me. I find the Pachmayr and Hogue rubber grips both work great for these large-frame revolvers.

    I keep the factory stocks for the good looks, but shoot with rubber. Works for me.
  5. Harralson

    Harralson New Member

    Oct 1, 2009
    Yes, I added a hogue grip to my Ruger SBH and now it is more comfortable to shoot and I am more accurate with it. Unfortunatly, they do detract from the appearance of the gun.
  6. mesinge2

    mesinge2 Active Member

    Dec 4, 2009
    Central Florida
    I can't explain it but the wood grips just seem to transfer less recoil energy to my hand than the rubber ones.

    Go Figure...
  7. mesinge2

    mesinge2 Active Member

    Dec 4, 2009
    Central Florida
    Just shot a group picture of four of my revolvers with my favorite grips.
    I have others but these are my favorite grips.

    The staghorn grips work surprisingly well, I think its because it is only a 38 and the recoil is not bad due to the 3" bull barrel on the model 64.
    I tried them on the 357, big mistake.

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    P.S. Post pics of your favorite grips!

    It will give me ideas for future purchases :D
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2010
  8. Michael G

    Michael G New Member

    Dec 4, 2007
    Garland Texas
    I put a Hogue combat grip on my SP101 in .357 and it made a world of difference.
  9. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    My Superblackhawk that I got in the early 80's. The smooth grips just didn't do it for me with full house 44 mag loads. I put on pachmyers and that tamed it down.
  10. henry77

    henry77 New Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Wiggins, MS
    I love the look of fine wooden grips; however, Pachmyers work better for me. Just purchased a S&W Model 28 and have a new set of Pachmyer grips waiting on it.

    I want wood stocks on my rifles. Do not like rubber stocks on rifles.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2010
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