This is a discussion on Badger Grips - A Testimonial within the Handgun Accessories forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; Several weeks ago I purchased a set of black wood Badger grips for my SP101, standard size, not the boot grips. I had rubber Hougues ...
Several weeks ago I purchased a set of black wood Badger grips for my SP101, standard size, not the boot grips. I had rubber Hougues on it, the way it came when I bought the gun from a friend. I wanted a set of wood grips to dress it up a bit... It was down to Hogue or Badger and finally settled on the latter on account of hearing they were less of a print-issue than the Hogues and well, I just thought they looked nicer.
So, I ordered them and they promptly came in a few days later. I was in love. I totally dug the look and feel. First thing I noticed was that they were noticeably thicker, more meaty in the palm than my Hogues. This felt strange at first, naturally being used to the thinner grips. But the next day at the range they prooved themselves to absorb much more felt recoil, a nice benefit when firing those 125gr .357 rounds. You still get all that sweet kick in the arm and shoulder, with a lot less of that bite in your hand and wrist. The other huge benefit is that these grips have a more of a pronounced "rake" to them. What I mean is that they are at a greater angle toward the rear of the pistol. Again, this felt strange at first and actually threw off my aim a bit, bit after a dozen shots or so I was totally acclimated to the stance. On to the benefit of the increased rake, is that when holstered in my IWB holster, the grip lies at more of an upward angle, retaining closer to the body. Everything about them is great.
So after my second range visit, about a week later, I took the gun apart for a good cleaning. That's when I noticed a good chunk of the wood missing on the backstrap at the very top where the grips come together. I have no idea how it happened, but I can only guess that maybe they were slightly loose and the stress from the recoil was the cause. The next day I emailed Jim Badger (who you deal with directly by the way) and asked for help. Within a few hours he replied and instantly told me it was definitely not a common problem. Without asking he told me simply ship them back, and he'd send out a new set. A busy week went by before I had a chance to send them back, but on 3/18 I finally got to it. On 3/20 they got to SC from CT, and I just got the new ones in today. I can't tell you how much I love these grips.
Jim Badger's products are beautiful, and his service is amazing. He always emailed me a response within hours if not minutes. He stood behind his product 100% and now has a customer for life. Any revolvers I purchase in the future will without a doubt be fitted with Badger grips. If you are in the market for wood grips, I highly recommend the products, and the company.
Thanks for the review Soutpaw, that's exactly what I've been looking for! I've had my eye on a set of Bagders for my own sp101 and was especially curious about the effect of the increased "rake" and whether they'd fill my hand better than the stock grips. Now I think I have my answer (and somehting to save up for).
Southpaw - I just put the Badger Boot grip on my SP101. Haven't had a chance to shoot it yet but it feels good in the hand. But like you said, the grip angle is quite different. It causes me to always aim too high and when I make that correction it seems as though my wrist is cocked down and not straight with my forearm. I would think this would be bad for managing recoil when firing .357 rounds. Did you have any problems with that?
Sorry, haven't been on the forum since the summer.
My second set of grips chipped/cracked again after only 10 rounds of factory 125gr .357 magnum. According to Jim that has never happened before. Well it happened to me twice. I can no longer recommend these grips due to my personal experience. Sorry.
I had Badgers boot grips on my sp. They looked fantastic, fit great, and carried like a dream. They did have a bit of a learning curve due to the grip angle. However, shooting 357 was too uncomfortable for me. After 5 rounds, i put my pachmyers back on. Great looking grips and excellent service from Jim, but they just were not for me.
I have a set of Badger grips for my GP100. They look great and feel OK. However, the grip angle is hard to get used to. I tried a set of the Hogue wood Pau Ferro monogrips and the grip angle seems to be much more natural, at least for me. Tomorrow I am going to fire 357s at the range and see what I think, but right now I'm liking the Hogues more than the Badgers.