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4/04/2011

Grip Bleg

In order to show what I am talking about a little bit more, I drew the following picture:
NOT TO SCALE, VOID WHERE PROHIBITED, DO NOT LEAVE WITH UNACCOMPANIED MINOR. 

So after shooting the 642, peering long and hard at how I hold it, and sickening myself on a glut of internet forum BS and hearsay, I think I have come to a few conclusions on what I would like in a grip.  I have also discovered that I don't think anyone makes my perfect grip.

My first problem is that my fingers are kinda like one of those freeeky-looking Aye-Aye lemurs:

Thin and long.  My ring finger rests on the finger swell that is on the stock grip, which pushes my middle finger out a bit from the grip.  Hard to get a comfortable grip on it.  So one thing that I have been thinking of is looking for grips that don't have the finger grooves, or with possibly a bit more to the front of the grip.  That's #1 on my picture.

The one that I have been looking for the most, since it seems like someone, somewhere should be making it, is a grip about the same size as the stock one, but with a covered backstrap.  The closest I have been able to find is the Crimson Trace Lasergrip LG-405, and while I like the shape of it and am not opposed to the idea of a laser, I am not going to spend almost the same as what I spent on the gun itself for grips.  Crimson trace ought to sell versions of their grips without the laser!  But everything else I have been able to see with a covered backstrap also extends the grip, compromising the pocketability too much.  The other benefit to a covered backstrap would be an increased length of pull, which would be good for my (aforementioned) long fingers. That's #2 on my picture. 

The last possibility, that seems the most common, would be a grip that is thicker/beefier/rounder, but still with the uncovered backstrap and bottom.  The main problem with this option is that it is hard to evaluate with a picture on the internet, and none of the stores I've been to in town have any grips evaluate in person (there is one more that I know of that I haven't checked, but so far no dice).  The stock grip, when mounted, is about 1 1/16" thick--but manufacturers don't seem to put the dimensions of their products out there.  New Jovian Thunderbolt just talked about some micarta grips that look pretty darn neato which fit this category.  The $70 price tag is at the extreme high end of my budget, though. That's #3 on my picture.

Now to the bleg.  Is there anyone out there with some sort of experience with aftermarket grips for a J-frame?  Anything that sounds like it would solve all my problems (or some of them--or one of them)?  Anyone who knows the width of the grips on their revolver so I can get an idea of what's out there?  I am even willing to entertain thoughts of the dreaded "pink grips," assuming they fit my hand.  Is there anyone out there who wants to laugh and point at me and my ridiculous requests (don't answer that)?

Oh, and here's some gratuitous gun porn:

11 comments:

Butch Cassidy said...

If you aren't dead against a little grip below the butt, the Pachmayr presentation grips may work:

http://i.imgur.com/QFBer.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/fktwA.jpg

Not my j-frame or my pictures, but I have fiddled with the idea of a set of those grips before. I may still.

The stock grips on Taurus small-frame revolvers are exactly what you describe(covered backstrap, exposed butt) and very comfy/concealable, but I'm not sure if anyone makes them for a j-frame.

bluesun said...

I think that I would dislike anything that goes below the bottom of the frame. I heard about the Taurus thing, on some forum somewhere, but I couldn't find anywhere to buy just the grip. Probably could look into it...

Butch Cassidy said...

Gah, compaq, they are the compaq grips, not the presentation. Anyway, I found a picture to better compare them to your current setup:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3060/3080836461_db0eceee1a.jpg

bluesun said...

Yeah, that's too much for my pocket.

DirtCrashr said...

I put Hogue monogrips (without the finger grooves) on a K-frame - they kinda fill in the big gaping-gap behind the trigger guard much like a Tyler T-grip adapter does. I believe it's a common problem, so don't feel all alone. In fact I Google-up a blogger who put a T-grip adapter on his 642. Talk to him? Hope this helps!
The Hogue's don't cover the backstrap though, at least mine don't.

DirtCrashr said...

The Hogue smooth, no finger-grove: J Frame Round Butt, Rosewood No Finger Groove
$79.95
Rosewood costs more than the others but I like the color. Checkering also adds to the price.
Or if you have a square-butt gun fore instance:
J Frame Square Butt Pau Ferro No Finger Groove
$69.95

DirtCrashr said...

Hope that doesn't look too much like spam...The do go below the bottom a bit but it's not a bad thing.

bluesun said...

No, I appreciate the links! I'm still looking for something with a covered backstrap that doesn't extend past the bottom.

Wilson said...

My hands are average and I find that various company’s “boot” grips work well enough for me or the aforementioned grip adapter (with small stock grip) is a good choice too. Given your special requirements though I’m not sure you will find what you need without having it custom made, and that might not be within your budget. It seems what you need is a boot grip with a covered back strap. I’m not sure there is such a animal.

bluesun said...

It's weird how there doesn't seem to be one made for the S&W...

DirtCrashr said...

You could have some fun playing with a boot-grip or even two-piece off eBay, and some epoxy putty - build it out to your own spec? A lot of Tupperware shooters are doing their own shaving and stippling with a soldering iron.