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Old August 13th, 2019, 04:14 PM   #16
 
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I had been considering a pair of the Diamond Pro's but now I have to reconsider. I can't believe Pachmayr would sell a grip so short on the right side that it allows the pivot pin to escape. I have a 4" model and it's tough finding grips that weren't intended to be used on a snubby.

I just went back and I can see now in the pic that the diamond Pro's do cover the pin enough that it shouldn't back out. is it just super soft rubber? Why is it backing out.




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I had been considering a pair of the Diamond Pro's but now I have to reconsider. I can't believe Pachmayr would sell a grip so short on the right side that it allows the pivot pin to escape. I have a 4" model and it's tough finding grips that weren't intended to be used on a snubby.

I just went back and I can see now in the pic that the diamond Pro's do cover the pin enough that it shouldn't back out. is it just super soft rubber? Why is it backing out.
The rubber in this area is thin, and quite pliable.
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Old August 14th, 2019, 09:00 AM   #18
 
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I have the Altamont Oversized finger groove stippled Rosewood grips on my SP101 357 2.5", and the checkered Super Walnut grips on on the SP101 22LR 4 1/2". I love the way these grips fit and especially handle the recoil in the 357. Downside was it took at least an hour worth of work with Dremel tool, sand paper, and file to fit the grips properly. I don't know what it would cost to have a Gunsmith fit, I am sure it would not be $25. It is noted on the Altamonte website that "Due to frame variations, some fitting may be required by a qualified gunsmith." At a cost of roughly $64.00 + Shipping the quality is excellent. For my 327 federal SP101 I decided to order the Pacmayr renegade rosewood checkered grips, as I hoping the fitting will be easier than the Altamont and the price was right at $39.00 delivered. They are similar in shape but I will see how they feel as the 327 is quite a little thumper. My gun will be back from Ruger Tuesday, and the grips will go on then. I can give you a better comparison between companies once installed and shot on Tuesday if interested. As it stands Altamont is top shelf, requires some work but once on beautiful, I hope to have a better experience with the Pacmayrs.
I've got the uncheckered version of the Pachmayr rosewood laminate grip you pictured. They're squared off at the top where the web of your hand meets the wood. This punished the base of my arthritic thumb so I dremeled the squared edges round and finished with sandpaper. It helped a lot. I was surprised to find no refinishing was needed to match the unaltered part of the grip. The photos are before and after I rounded the edges. So if you decide to modify them it can easily be done.
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Here is another set of wood grips off of Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Ruger-Sp101-C...gateway&sr=8-3
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Those Thai grips on Amazon are also all over ebay. At least a few guys on the S&W forum have bought them (for smiths) and generally seemed happy with them.
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I have a couple of the Thai grips (round butts for GP's) and a set for my SP. The price is right, the quality good and some configurations are offered not available elsewhere.
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I just ordered a set of Pachmayr Renegades off EBAY for my SP101
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I had been considering a pair of the Diamond Pro's but now I have to reconsider. I can't believe Pachmayr would sell a grip so short on the right side that it allows the pivot pin to escape. I have a 4" model and it's tough finding grips that weren't intended to be used on a snubby.

I just went back and I can see now in the pic that the diamond Pro's do cover the pin enough that it shouldn't back out. is it just super soft rubber? Why is it backing out.
I put a sliver of gorilla tape across pivot pin low where it hides under grip when I have the Diamond Pros on. If you are OK with the finger groove Hogue monogrip, it is stiff and holds the pin from moving. It's longer than the Diamond Pro(as can be seen in my earlier post) so may work better for your 4" SP.
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Couldn't be happier with these Altamonts on my SP101 WC:

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