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Old 05-21-2020, 09:39 PM
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My J frame journey began with a 642 I picked up in a trade a few years ago. I decided to give it a try because my LCR gave me a bad case of trigger pinch and occasionally I would short stroke the trigger. The 642 quickly replaced the Ruger. Despite a little heavier trigger, I found the 642 was very smooth once broken in, and the trigger was much more predictable with faster reset so I shot it better than LCR.

The 642 served me well but I ended up trading it for a 638 because I wanted the SA option. Well, I havenít looked back and recently traded into a gently used model 60. These two fine firearms meet the majority of my carry needs. They both have high temp engine paint on the front sight and are fitted with Altamont Bateleur grips, walnut snakeskin for the 638 and rosewood crocback for the 60.

I really, really like these Altamont grips. They are the shortest grips I have found that provide me with full three finger contact (I have pretty narrow hands though) and cover the back strap. Fits my hand perfect and also disperses recoil well. Only problem is they donít clear speedloaders, which I don't carry but like for range use, and sometimes a spent case wonít clear...now thatís a problem.

So, I modified the grips. I used 400 grit sandpaper to get the clearance I needed, then used 1500 with oil to do a finishing wet sand. Last, I used white rouge and my Dremel to polish it up. Itís not 100% perfect but youíd have to look at it really close to notice it isnít factory finished. Iím very happy with the results.
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:42 PM
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Great looking grips...you’ll like them even more upon shooting. I also like Altamont grips and use their boot versions, and they all fit perfectly without any needed modifications. Great company.
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Old 05-22-2020, 08:03 PM
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One thing I learned about Altamont Grips is that you can request that they modify them to accomdate speedloaders. They made a set for my 640. I just asked them when I called and ordered.
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Old 05-23-2020, 08:06 AM
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Also like the Altamont Bateleur Grips, have them on both 642 and 638. I have large hands and they fit me very well.
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Old 05-23-2020, 09:30 AM
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I did find out Altamont would produce grips with speedloader clearance...after I ordered mine.

My problem wasn’t so much that speedloaders didn’t clear because I prefer to carry speed strips. The bigger issue was ejecting empty cases. It was a little too common that one case would get stuck on the grip and kind of lock things up, forcing me to break that last case free by hand. That issue finally annoyed me enough to modify the grips.

I shoot my j frames better with the Bateleur grips than any others that I’ve tried. And I have tried a lot of grips!
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Old 05-23-2020, 09:44 AM
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One thing I learned about Altamont Grips is that you can request that they modify them to accomdate speedloaders. They made a set for my 640. I just asked them when I called and ordered.
There must be a pretty low bar as to what mods they are willing to do. I wanted some thicker Roper grips (closer to originals I like) to be made by putting their version of Roper/Gagne checkering on their version of Coke-style grips. They said ďno way no howĒ and virtually slammed the electronic door in my face!

I havenít found any Altamont grips for J-frames I like as well as the Thai imports at half the price. See picture of ebonies on my Model 60-4 along with a big brother K-frame.

Remember though that grip fit as nearly as personal as fingerprints and YMMV!

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Old 05-23-2020, 11:19 AM
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Good choices! I love my 638, but I prefer the stock grips. I can see why you like the ones you got. The 638 with the stock grips will bash your palm with a stout load. To me the single action option of the 638 is essential. Mine is sighted in for 148 grain wad cutters. I can't think of a better EDC 24/7 gun. Every now and then I think about getting a 637 to go with it.
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Old 05-23-2020, 12:00 PM
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I havenít found any Altamont grips for J-frames I like as well as the Thai imports at half the price. See picture of ebonies on my Model 60-4 along with a big brother K-frame.
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Those Thai grips appear to be a great bargain but look too big for my carry preferences. But, I think they would be perfect for my model 63 that is currently suffering with rubber grips.

I purchased my Altamontís for $50 shipped off Amazon. Can you really get the Thai grips for about $25-$30? If so, please point me in the right direction on how to search eBay for them. It would be much appreciated!
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Old 05-23-2020, 12:04 PM
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Mine is sighted in for 148 grain wad cutters. I can't think of a better EDC 24/7 gun. Every now and then I think about getting a 637 to go with it.
Great minds think alike! My 638 is always loaded up with Federal Gold Medal 38 Special Ammo 148 Grain Match wadcutters.
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Those Thai grips appear to be a great bargain but look too big for my carry preferences. But, I think they would be perfect for my model 63 that is currently suffering with rubber grips.

I purchased my Altamontís for $50 shipped off Amazon. Can you really get the Thai grips for about $25-$30? If so, please point me in the right direction on how to search eBay for them. It would be much appreciated!
I was looking at Altamonts starting at prices around $79.99 and got both pairs of my Thai grips for about $50/pr. so 5/8ths instead of half.

My J-frame RB stocks are as easily concealed as any of the combat or boot type grips I have encountered, and give what I need to hold onto, but as I said before, YMMV.

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Good looking stocks, OP.
I just ordered a set myself.
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Old 05-23-2020, 06:43 PM
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Here a couple more pictures. I thought it might be helpful to see how much the grips extend beyond the bottom of the grip frame. The other picture is my 638 in its usual home, a kydex pocket holster from Alabama Holsters.
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