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Old 10-09-2015, 06:49 AM
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Made these up from leftover New Zealand walnut.....shaped and sized for the better half. (Her dash 6 Chief)
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Another vote for the Uncle Mike's Boots,but the new factory rubber boots are good too. If you want wood take a look at the offerings from VZ Grips. The checking is very aggressive and it sure won't slip around in your hand. I like the black cherry myself.
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Blu Mag makes an excellent grip for the J Frames. They are concealable but most of all if you shoot the J frames they offer comfort in the recoil department. The backstrap is covered which puts the trigger finger in a better position for fast double action shooting. They also allow the hammer to be cocked for single action long range work. I cannot post pictures but I believe the web site has a picture of them.
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Centennial and DeSantis IWB. Love the looks of the original smooth Magnas, but these Hogues fit much better.

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Cool pic.... what kind of camera is he holding?

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Altamont Rosewood, Sambar stag, Uncle Mike rubber boot grips. I recently got a pair of Hogue cocobolo checkered grips and are beautiful and feel good. Don't have a picture. I am waiting for a call from Craig Spegle to get some of his boot grips.
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Model 60-15 3 inch with S&W Pro Series grips.
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It is not often I am so stumped.
It's a pocket holster of sorts, I believe it is sized for cargo pockets. It may not be legal in some areas because the weapon can be fired without removing it from the holster.
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These are my favorite, they're Altamont smooth walnut. They look great and fit perfect. I prefer this style over the factory style rubber. I can get four fingers around the grip, no pinky hanging on the bottom. Don't think I saw these on here yet.
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I have a 642 and a 442 both with Crimson Trace Laser grips. Not as pretty as some of those wooden grips but very practical for a carry gun. I only use these guns as concealed carry guns and only shoot them often enough to be somewhat proficient with them.
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< snip > If you want wood take a look at the offerings from VZ Grips. The checking is very aggressive and it sure won't slip around in your hand.
If you carry concealed, remember that aggressive checkering is on the inside of your cover garment, and will grind away at the fabric as your arm moves against the outside. I wore out a sweater this way, and have a pretty thin lining on one of my jackets. Just FYI.
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I saw a set like these on a model 60 at a show last month.
They are Bianchi Lighnings. They shroud the hammer spur and give the gun a profile like a model 38.



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Old 01-03-2016, 11:17 PM
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Handgun Grips | JFrame Round Butt = Smith Wesson
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In October I put a Hogue Tamer on one of my 442s. It softened the recoil just fine. Last month a freind gave me a couple sets of Pachmayer Compacts. They fit my hand perfect. I hope they feel that good on the Range. I put one set on the Wife's 442 and a set on my 37. I'll be trying them out in a few weeks.
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Pachmayr Compacs are outstanding!
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My 442 currently wears ERGO Delta grips. They look strange and it takes a few seconds to accustom oneself to the feel. 5 yard accuracy is as before -- never great with a 10 lb. trigger pull, but adequate. And these grips do eliminate the trigger guard smack on the middle finger's second knuckle, a big problem for me. After 50 rounds or so the webbing of the hand does get a little sore from the hard backside of the grip. It is still a work in progress.....
The Delta grips came off after a while -- while the trigger guard smack was gone, I never liked the general feel of the Deltas. The new Hogue rubber Monogrip eliminates both the trigger guard smack of the stock grips and the wierd feel of the Delta grips.
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M&P 340, Karl Nill stocks, and 135gr Speer GDSB = 1 lb.

Same set up on my 640 Pro = 1Ĺ lbs.

Yip, the stocks are huge. They fit my mitt. No problem with cc at 2 or 4 o'clock. Makes the 640 feel like a K-frame, without the weight, and handles the recoil as well.
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For me. Hogue bantams on my J Snubbies
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I've got a 442 J-frame but the little boot grips that came on the gun from the factory just don't fit or feel right.
Anybody know where I might lay my hands on either a set of Herrett's or one of the older Pachmayrs that extend beyond the frame?
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Back in February I tried several Grips on my J-Frames. I ended up with Pachmyer Compacts on my 36. It shoots well with the weight of the gun and the size of the grips. This is a good AIWB Gun. One of my 442s got the Houge Tammers. They handle recoil of the lighter gun pretty good and it still fits some pants pockets but mostly gets AIWB carry. The other 442 and bobbed 37 got the Uncle Mike's Boot Grips. They are excellent for pocket carry. Shooting standard loads of 130gr. are not bad for a box or Two of practice. Sighting in +Ps and seeing their point of aim is not that bad. Here is a picture of my carry guns. The one 442 had wood grips at that time. I didn't like how the T grip fit my hand so it has Uncle Mike's Boots now.
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Top left, originality. Top right, shootability. Bottom, it's all about the looks.
Is the bottom picture Altamont Rosewood?
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What revolver is that bottom one?
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I prefer the Uncle Mikes boot grip for my working J frames, which is most of them. When they were on clearance a couple of years ago I bought a bunch of them, still have one or two spare sets. A few of my J's still have their original Magna's on, but I don't shoot them as much.
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Nice collection. If I ever get another J frame I might try the pachmyrs on it. I kind of really don't like the way they look. But they look like they'd feel right.




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These two finger Badger boot grips are great for conceal carry but the three finger Pachmayr Diamond Pros are awesome at the range.

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I am torn, wood won't print, but rubber would help you keep your gun in a close quarters scuffle. Both of those things could be an issue where snubbies tend to go.
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Don't carry a gun and you won't have either problem.

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Another vote for the Spegels. I recently got a call from Craig himself and found myself with a set of Bolivian Rosewood Boots he had lying about the shop. I stole them.

This is also my Model 36 that was worked over by the newly retired (on 5/5/17, after 41-years) Art Bellerose at the Factory.

Art was given "literary license" to do as he pleased to the piece. He opted for a Highway Patrolman blue. I burnished it slightly with a treatment of Flitz. He added my name to the sidplate.

For reasons I can't fathom, it shoots wonderfully. With my handload of the Matt's 157gr (sized .359") Lead Wadcutter at about 800 fps, it'll throw them into a tight cluster at 30-feet.

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Another vote for the Spegels. I recently got a call from Craig himself and found myself with a set of Bolivian Rosewood Boots he had lying about the shop. I stole them.

This is also my Model 36 that was worked over by the newly retired (on 5/5/17, after 41-years) Art Bellerose at the Factory.

Art was given "literary license" to do as he pleased to the piece. He opted for a Highway Patrolman blue. I burnished it slightly with a treatment of Flitz. He added my name to the sidplate.

For reasons I can't fathom, it shoots wonderfully. With my handload of the Matt's 157gr (sized .359") Lead Wadcutter at about 800 fps, it'll throw them into a tight cluster at 30-feet.

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Gtoppcop- Those grips look amazing! And that is some excellent shooting too!

As far as J-frame grips go, I'm currently using the hogue micarta grips, they are decent. I would pay a lot of money for ahrends to make me a sccaled down pair of their finger grove tactical grips to fit a J frame.
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All,

Thanks for the kind words about the Spegels and the Chiefs. It's my idea of simple and effective armament. As many of us here have surmised, there are many, many shades of grips for the venerable J-Frame revolver.

I have evolved on the subject over a period of many years. I still like the old (without emblem) Pachmayr COMPACs for the J-Frame Round Butt. These are for gun that are in a hip or IWB holster. They are the best of the oversized grips for the model IMO.

I will allow that the J-Frame Service Panels (S/B or R/B) have their place, but must be used with a T-Grip or Pachmayr grip adapter. I use them on my 1998-vintage Model 38-2 Bodyguard (detailed much earlier on this Forum).

I use this Bodyguard Airweight for pocket carry (with a pocket holster!) around the house. As you can see, the Service panels allow for near seamless carry in a front jeans pocket.

I did pick-up a new shooting style for these small guns from our esteemed Jerry Miculek. The high "1911 Thumb" was something I came up with, or learned from Clint Smith. I can't recall exactly. The result is a impediment-free trigger action that can deliver five shots in about 1.5 seconds (if that's your thing...).

It may look weird, but I urge each of you to try it. Some of you will like it, others won't. Just another arrow in your quiver, if you will.

When I volunteered at my local SoCal gun shop, I cringed when the well-meaning husband would buy a J-Frame Airweight or worse, an Airlight for 'Mama Bear'. It never got used and often found itself back in the case unfired for a heckuva good price.

These are Expert's Guns. Many people who have these as a first gun, don't devote the training required to attain a modicum of proficiency with them and quickly lose interest.

When I was an LEO, I trained with this Bodyguard and a Centennial all the time. We had a range downstairs in the Sally Port, so when blizzards or torrential rains hit the Mile-High City, I was able to train sitting down (to simulate accessing my Mitch Rosen Duncan's Ankle rig while seated in my Patrol Car), or supine. Like the venerable 1911 or K-Frame S&W, I can't remember a time in my life I've been without a J-Frame.

Knowing and being able to manipulate the piece under stress, or at least have a level of proficiency and knowing the envelope to employ it in are the biggest parts of learning the J-Frame. I am in no way an expert, but rather an "informed user" of this wonderful weapon system.

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Thanks for the kind words about the Spegels and the Chiefs. It's my idea of simple and effective armament. As many of us here have surmised, there are many, many shades of grips for the venerable J-Frame revolver.

I have evolved on the subject over a period of many years. I still like the old (without emblem) Pachmayr COMPACs for the J-Frame Round Butt. These are for gun that are in a hip or IWB holster. They are the best of the oversized grips for the model IMO.

I will allow that the J-Frame Service Panels (S/B or R/B) have their place, but must be used with a T-Grip or Pachmayr grip adapter. I se them on my 1998-vintage Model 38-2 Bodyguard (detailed much earlier on this Forum).

I use this Bodyguard Airweight for pocket carry (with a pocket holster!) around the house. As you can see, the Service panels allow for near seamless carry in a front jeans pocket.

I did pick-up a new shooting style for these small guns from our esteemed Jerry Miculek. The high "1911 Thumb" was something I came up with, or learned from Clint Smith. I can't recall exactly. The result is a impediment-free trigger action that can deliver five shots in about 1.5 seconds (if that's your thing...).

It may look weird, but I urge each of you to try it. Some of you will like it, others won't. Just another arrow in your quiver, if you will.

When I volunteered at my local SoCal gun shop, I cringed when the well-meaning husband would buy a J-Frame Airweight or worse, an Airlight for 'Mama Bear'. It never got used and often found itself back in the case unfired for a heckuva good price.

These are Expert's Guns. Many people who have these as a first gun, don't devote the training required to attain a modicum of proficiency with them and quickly lose interest.

When I was an LEO, I trained with this Bodyguard and a Centennial all the time. We had a range downstairs in the Sally Port, so when blizzards or torrential rains hit the Mile-High City, I was able to train sitting down (to simulate accessing my Mitch Rosen Duncan's Ankle rig while seated in my Patrol Car), or supine. Like the venerable 1911 or K-Frame S&W, I can't remember a time in my life I've been without a J-Frame.

Knowing and being able to manipulate the piece under stress, or at least have a level of proficiency and knowing the envelope to employ it in are the biggest parts of learning the J-Frame. I am in no way an expert, but rather an "informed user" of this wonderful weapon system.

Whew!
Great story and a beautiful snub. I'll have to give your hold a try.
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Ok, now I am officially jealous of two of your snubbies. That dovetailed big dot on your bodyguard is flawless.
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Thanks Square. Snubs are fun. Not sure if you guys have frequented snubtraining.com by Michael DeBethancourt. Good place to go to get little life hacks. He speed loads his guns different than me. if it works for some by all means...

I use the Universal Reload on all of my revolvers (J through N Frame). On the J-Frames the grips I choose have to work with Speed Strips and my JET Loader. I also train with the 2X2X2 pouch. Decently fast, but something that takes a fair amount of practice. I have many dummies that I load up on the press, so it's easy to do while watching TV.

The Speed Strip is good, but I'm experimenting with round configuration(s). I normally have a full six rounds, but as of late, I'm staggering the five rounds. Still working at it...

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I'm also going to try that hold. While on duty my j frame is in my pocket. I always carry a speed loader for it and I have two speed strips in an old phone case I carry.


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There's a set of flat steel grips on a 640 on a auction site right now. Very unique...
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I like shooting j frames with that thumb over the top of my hand, but I'm always worried that if I trained that way, I might do that under stress with an auto.

Interestingly enough, I've seen a guy espouse you should do this with K frames too and claimed there are people teaching that technique. I'm not sure of what I think about that.
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I'm afraid the questions you ask about most comfortable Jframe grips is impossible to answer, because everybody is different which is why so many types of grips are sold for the same guns.

I have carried a Jframe for many years and currently carry a 340PD. Mine wears the Hogue Bantam, and I find it to be the most comfortable even on the rare occasion I shoot 357s. I ordered a beautiful set of Craig Spegel grips because everyone said they are the ultimate Jframe grips. They were extremely beautiful, and extremely uncomfortable for me to shoot with my 340PD. As far as a pocket carry grip I have never found anything as good as the Bantam grip, but that's just me. Ask around the forum to see if there is anyone near you that would mind meeting you at the range to shoot some grips before you tie up a fortune in testing.
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Before and after my secret yellowing process for plastic ivory grips with a faux pearl.
Pre # airweight Chief's.

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The two best j frame handles I have come across are...



Fuzzy Farrant and



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This banana grip is very comfortable and just fits my hand.


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I would say what you said, but you already said it.
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I just ordered a set of Pachmyr Compacs. The Tamers are getting moved to my Mom's Bodyguard .38. And I'll try these pachs. I'm liking boot grips more and more, but in order to get my fingers to all work, there needs to be something over the backstrap to get my fingers back a little. I've been wrapping rubber bands around boot grips to add that girth. I see other people wrap other stuff. What do you guys wrap?
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Here they are:



I'm not sure how I like them yet. They are a tad wider in the bottom end then the hogue tamers. They don't cover the backstrap all the way. And they're heavier. But they feel really good and for some reason I feel like I have more trigger control with them.

I also painted my front sight white. So it got kind of a facelift. I plan on going shooting Tuesday, so... I'll see how they feel then.
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