Need Assistance with J-Frame Rubber Boot Grips

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    Need Assistance with J-Frame Rubber Boot Grips

    Product: J Synthetic Boot Grip with S&W Logo

    Product: J Round Boot Grip Uncle Mike's (No Logo)

    Anyone know the differences between these two? Are they the same length? I'm thinking they're very similar but the S&W logo grip appears to have slicker, less grippy rubber. I assume they'll both have the exposed backstrap, but if that's what I gotta do to get short grips, so be it. Putting 'em on a 640-1 .357 for appendix carry.

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    They look the same. I have the Uncle Mikes on my 60 and 640. Great little grips. Perfect for appendix carry.
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    Don't see much difference. I have the Uncle Mikes and they're excellent on a 640.
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    OK, so I ordered both. FWIW, if you order from S&W's website, be prepared for a long wait - ground ship was over 7 days - not sure how long, as I was outta town after that (really wanted to get 'em before my trip). Oh well, not end of the world.

    In the meantime, I did some reading and read that grips which leave the backstrap exposed will have a shorter trigger reach; good for folks with small hands like mine.

    As I suspected:
    * Despite looking like the banana grips, the two-finger S&W grips leave the backstrap exposed.
    * textured area on Uncle Mikes is sharper.

    The S&W's have shinier rubber, but I don't think it is less grippy.

    From left, 640-1 wearing new S&W's, with factory S&W Bananas and Uncle Mike's


    I've been carrying it with the bananas, which feel like the same rubber compound, I have managed to gouge them in quite a few places... dunno if the Uncle Mike's would do that or not. Also, my buddy has the Uncle Mike's, and he found the vertical rib near the top objectionable; the S&W's don't have that rib. I suspect both sets of grips shoot and carry very similarly.

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    I have both, and prefer the S&W grips on my 642, when it's not wearing Barami Hip Grips or a really vintage set of Tyler Ivorex grips I had the pleasure of buying from the late Mr. Melvin Tyler himself..

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    I've found the new "fishscale" grips to be a bit slicker than the old Uncle Mike's grips. Also, I prefer the three finger grips.
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    For appendix carry, you may want to try the old wood factory grips and a Tyler T Grip. This setup doesn't seem to drag on clothes as much as rubber does. It's also a slim fit for pocket carry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotomanCC View Post
    I've found the new "fishscale" grips to be a bit slicker than the old Uncle Mike's grips. Also, I prefer the three finger grips.
    Quote Originally Posted by DistantHorizon View Post
    ... if that's what I gotta do to get short grips, so be it.
    The whole point here was to get two finger grips! :)

    Quote Originally Posted by halesb View Post
    For appendix carry, you may want to try the old wood factory grips and a Tyler T Grip. This setup doesn't seem to drag on clothes as much as rubber does. It's also a slim fit for pocket carry.
    Thought about that, mostly for the good looks! (Tyler T-Grip & nice wood stocks look slick!) Read that for most folks the rubber grips provide a little better control... didn't even think about 'em being thinner. Ah well, at this point in time I am not spending any more $ on grips for this gun.

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    most folks the rubber grips provide a little better control
    The Smith fish scale grips worked pretty good too, they definitely handled the recoil a bit better. I have some Hogue Bantam grips for a J frame, and they felt great, just a tad oversized. I might switch back to them later...
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    For a two finger, J frame grip, it's hard to beat Craig Spegel's boot grips and they look good too! I recommend the checkered version.
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