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Old May 25th, 2019, 01:49 PM   #1
 
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Can we make the subjective, objective? Hand size vs Revolver Grip.

I want to get more into revolvers. Been hobby shooting for 30+ years. Until recently, all semi auto handguns, and, of course, rifles.

Got the itch to try revolvers. At the LGS, held a GP100 with the full Hogue grip (w/ the finger grooves) and it fit my hand like a glove. Bought it, love it.

Now I want another revolver. I know there are aftermarket grips available for everything. However....there is ZIP ZERO information on the size of the grips. Some say "wider".....not a lot of help.

I'd love to get into a S&W N frame. EVERY SINGLE one of 'em that I hold at the LGS has such tiny, thin, grips I could not imagine it being comfortable for me to shoot. I've held the Thunder Ranch, 329PD, TRR8, 627, 629, & 29.

Then, had a good friend buy a 629 Stealth Hunter. Shot it and, unfortunately, it confirmed my thoughts. Grip is way too small for my hands. It's a super nice revolver but having to re-adjust my grip after every shot is a p.i.t.a.

Anyone have insight into LARGE or XL aftermarket grips for the N frame S&W revolvers? I prefer rubber, like the GP100, but if it has to be wood then so be it. Already looked at Hogue, and Pachmayr grips....no mention of how large or small, thick or thinner, they are from stock.

I'm sure I could pay a craftsman to make me a set of one off grips but unless the LGS gives me half off the price of the revolver, that won't happen.

Maybe I'm stuck in the semi auto world.

Thanks for any insight.



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I recommend you contact Herrett about their stocks, specifically the Jordan model. They'll have you send in a tracing of your hand and make a set for you.

You have the opposite problem than I do. My hands are below average size and a K frame grip is the upper limit for me.
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The Houge grips for the N frame Smiths feels great in my hand. Comparable to the one for the GP100. You just need to make sure you get the right one. All the new N frames are round butt, so if you want a square butt feel you must get the one that converts it to square butt. The older N frames are square butt. I have one on my Highway Patrolman (square butt) and on my 629 (round butt to square) and I love them. I got big hands too.
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Goldstar, I had not heard of Herrett. I truly appreciate the info. Their grips look fantastic.

But, here's the rub, they are essentially the one-off craftsmen. I surly do not want to spend that money on a custom grip after dropping, round numbers, a grand, on the gun.

gunman, thanks for the reply as well. MUCH appreciated.

But, we're back to subjective....which I totally understand. It's just so interesting to me that, in your case and mine, we can have such a different perspective on the grips. Very interesting! Guess that's why I'm in the pickle I'm in.

I've searched and searched on the Google. I believe I pretty much know you two guys hit the nail right on the head :

- Stick with stock or similar sized after-market grips, NOPE.
- Drop the coin on truly custom grips, not gonna say I can't convince myself I "need" to do it.
- Stay in my semi-auto world.

Wish the manufactures would make grip size options just as plentiful as options on a vehicle.

Again, thank you.
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Goldstar, I had not heard of Herrett. I truly appreciate the info. Their grips look fantastic.

But, here's the rub, they are essentially the one-off craftsmen. I surly do not want to spend that money on a custom grip after dropping, round numbers, a grand, on the gun.
Iíve never understood that. Itís like putting 4/$100 tires on a new sports car. But to each his own ...
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When I bought my Highway Patrolman, the original stocks were too small. My hand span is 9", and I have (not too flexible, from years as a mechanic, I guess) big palms with short...ish fingers. The target stocks were just too thick, so I ended up with Pachmayr grips. They are a little on the small side, but I make do with them. For what it's worth, I can't bend my hand enough to get a decent grip on the stock of my son's Glock, so I can't shoot it for beans.

Maybe you can ask around your shooting buddies to see if they have something that feels right in your hand? Other than that I have nothing.

It is possible that if the target stocks had wrapped part of the frame in the back my lack of hand flexibility may have been accommodated. I don't shoot the .357 enough to go that extra mile. Maybe I should. I'd probably improve my marksmanship with it.
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I recommend you contact Herrett about their stocks, specifically the Jordan model. They'll have you send in a tracing of your hand and make a set for you.

You have the opposite problem than I do. My hands are below average size and a K frame grip is the upper limit for me.
Ed Jordan had large hands.
I tried some of the Jordan style grips and they fit my outsized mitts.
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I have big hands, but small grips seem to work fine. I shoot snubs a lot...but it is more about recoil.

On the one N frame I shoot occasionally, the Hogue soaks recoil and fits my mitts well.
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Iíve never understood that. Itís like putting 4/$100 tires on a new sports car. But to each his own ...
Bad analogy, but to each their own.

What's not to understand? If I buy a brand new sports car it already comes with high performance tires....included in the price I paid for the high performance sports car.
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These may be up your alley.

https://www.hogueinc.com/grips/smith-wesson/xzframe
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Thanks RJ, and thanks to all.

I guess if I'm hell bent on getting into a S&W N frame I'll first try the Hogue overmolded. For $30 bucks I guess it's worth a shot. I'm leary they will still be too thin.

If that doesn't work I'll have to pony up for the Herretts. Oh well, I guess it is what it is.

Thanks, again.
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The Hogue wood grips are slightly wider than the moulded ones. Hogue on their wood grips offers (or used to offer an option) to make them to fit your hand much as Herrett does. In the past I had Herrett make a grip to fit my hand but my problem was different than yours. When they get your hand tracing they will offer a suggestion as to grip style but for a large hand the Jordan is often recommended as mentioned above.
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I have somewhat the same problem. Smith & Wesson Target grips on my model 19 were too large for my hands, the standard Dan Wesson grips were,too. Switching them for a set of Pachmayr Presentation grips (small) solved that. My S&W 586 grips were also too large, so I traded a Pawn shop owner straight across for a pair of Herrett Shooting Stars grips. After some sanding, they fit pretty good. Put a set of somebody's rubber finger groove grips on. Looked ugly, but I shot better. Same thing with my Ruger Mk II. Standard grips too skinny, made a set of Cocobolo grips...better, finally gave in, and installed a set of UGGGLy rubber finger groove grips, but I do shoot it better. Ruger Match Champ. Came with handsome Hogue Wood grip, felt funny, a tad too "something", (??) exchanged them for the old-style GP-100 grip; much better. What's a guy to do? Whatever gun I buy, the grips are "wrong", and custom grips are soooo expen$ive!

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Herrrit stocks are a wonder to behold and to hold. Null handgun grips are very good also.
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Iíve never understood that. Itís like putting 4/$100 tires on a new sports car. But to each his own ...
4/$100 tires look nearly the same but perform very differently than $200 tires. $20 Hogue grips may perform better than $100+ custom wood grips, they just don't look nearly as good. I think a large part of grip cost is about looks.

Are the N-frame Hogue monogrips that different in size than those on the GP100?
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