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Old December 3rd, 2012, 06:36 AM   #1
 
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tales of woe... gp100 grips+ccw

Ok, first a little background. My edc is a stainless 2.75 security six with adj. sights in an iwb holster of my own design/creation. I love it, and with the skinny magna style grips it conceals on my large frame very easily. However, I'm not wild about adj sights on a defensive pistol. My original intention was to find another SS with fixed sights. As luck would have it, a beautiful 2012 production 3" GP100 came into my possession first. It arrived with the atrocious mongo-grip, which I quickly swapped out for a set of the original letts rubber/wood grips. Looks great, shoots great, fixed sights and a new matching set of. LH/RH holsters completed the package... so this weekend I had the opportunity to carry said package around on my right side. Here's where the woe part comes in, the grips are a nightmare. Being rubber they stick to my cover garment, causing it to ride up and bunch, and they are just plain too dang long, making a print on my side. I did not have this issue with the SS.
So, baring the letts style compact grips which are difficult to impossible to obtain (not to mention still made of trippy/sticky rubber) what's a good option? Specifically, are the eagle secret service grips any good? As mentioned before I'm a pretty large guy at 6'5" and 300 pounds, and 357 recoil is no bother for me, I just really need something that's going to make my gp carry well. Are there any other options out there? I also have a set of target grips for my SS and I can conceal those relatively well, although it's not my first choice to do so.
Looking for some feedback from folks out there who have used the eagles, or anything else viable. Thanks all!



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I think wood grips wood be less tacky relative to garment cover of the gun. A lot of people seem to have some woes regarding the fit of Eagle grips. Never had any so would not know but see comments on the 'net. At one time Ruger offered a wood version of the monogrip (same external shape) made by Lett of Rosewood in a traditional 2 piece design that can sometimes be turned up for sale on various websites. Hogue offers wood grips in various woods and configurations with or without finger grooves, checkering and such. Badger also makes grips for the GP which if ordered from Jim Badger himself can be made without the finger grooves or with and made to fit the size of your hand. Herrett makes wood grips in a number of configurations out of various woods and most are made to fit your hand size (you send them a tracing).
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Have you tried the Lett compact grips? They are still rubber but a bit smaller and not as likely to print. Here is a comparison of the standard and the compact on my 3" GPs.
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Hogue still makes their grips out of smooth nylon. That's what I have on my carry pieces. Smithy.
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I use the compact Letts on my 3" GP (Midway and Brownells have much of the time); conceal well for me and I'm 5'6" and 135. At least as crucial for concealment for me is a seriously good gun belt and a holster with enough cant ... YMMV
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Have you tried the Lett compact grips? They are still rubber but a bit smaller and not as likely to print. Here is a comparison of the standard and the compact on my 3" GPs.
I would be willing to try them, but they are pretty difficult to come by, midway and brownells are out of stock. I've so far been unable to have any luck elsewhere. (EBay, GB, etc.)
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Hogue still makes their grips out of smooth nylon. That's what I have on my carry pieces. Smithy.
Do you speak of the Mono-grips? Those are the only Hogue nylon/plastics I'm aware of...
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I use the compact Letts on my 3" GP (Midway and Brownells have much of the time); conceal well for me and I'm 5'6" and 135. At least as crucial for concealment for me is a seriously good gun belt and a holster with enough cant ... YMMV
Got the belt, made the holster, need to find some of those letts compacts!
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I use the Pachmayr Compac grips on an SP101 that used to be my EDC and sometimes is my BUG now. The grips have never stick to my garments and they conceal great. According to their website, the Gripper grips should fit the GP100. I'd imagine that they stand a good chance of being stock items at one of your local B&M gunstores so you might be able to check the grips out in person.

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Do you speak of the Mono-grips? Those are the only Hogue nylon/plastics I'm aware of..
Yes!! Both the rubber and nylon grips have identical plastic skeletons, just one gets overmolded with rubber and the other gets overmolded with nylon. Smithy.
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Good conversation. The "mongo" grips (great monicker) on my 2009 GP100 plays havoc with the jacket... The old style is much better, but still grabs a bit. I reduced the grippy texture with some ArmorAll, and then reduced it more with some carnuba wax... Seem good.
Maybe Smithy's nylon grips are the way to go. I have not seen them.
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Success! I found a set of compacts on gunbroker with Altamont ivory panels already installed! Oddly enough ivory was the exact direction I was headed in. I'm carrying it today, it feels good so far, so,.... WINNING!
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