Smith J frame grips....just wondering

Smith J frame grips....just wondering

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    Smith J frame grips....just wondering

    This is one of those points to ponder questions.

    I often carry a Smith J frame, model 442 Hammerless, factory Smith rubber grips, in a High Noon Pocket Grabber holster. 38 Special +P ammunition can produce a bit of a recoil bite in this lightweight pistol. The rubber grip surface grabs the skin of the shooter's hand just a little during recoil. Does the "give" of the rubber offset this? The rubber also grabs the inside of my jeans pocket throughout the day. Do any of you folks have wooden grips on your pocket carry J frame, such as Eagle Grips? Just curious about other folks thoughts on rubber vs. wood stocks on this fine firearm.

    Thank you to all.


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    I found the sticky rubber on my 637 tended to grab just about anything it touched - usually my shirt. For pocket carry, that sticky rubber made for some awkward draws as well. Not good for conceal carry.

    Given that it's sweaty hot where I live for about 8 months out of the year, I don't think wooden grips would last long, so I picked up a set of VZGrips, which gives the appearance of wood grain, with the resilience of G10.

    I found no discernible difference in recoil.
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    I prefer the wooden grips for both look and feel and for pocket carry they are the preferred stocks on this little 438. Recoil is tough any way you go.
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    Cool

    I have a Model 60 in .38 special and I carry 158 grain LSWC standard velocity ammunition for soft recoil, accuracy and easier followup shots as this gun is primarily a BUG.

    I have shot +p ammo in this gun and with the wood grips it is a bit of a handful.

    Image.jpg Eagle Secret Service grips.
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    If I were to carry this weapon as the only weapon on my person, and I have a few times, using 125 grain +p HP's This is the format I use and it does a good job of recoil control.

    Image 8.jpg Siles rubber grips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmhawth View Post
    I prefer the wooden grips for both look and feel and for pocket carry they are the preferred stocks on this little 438. Recoil is tough any way you go.
    All of my jframes, 442, 49, and 649, all sport old school wooden grips. Just what I got used to. They carry better and I shoot them better.
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    I have soft rubber grips on ever handgun I use. I hate wood grip on heavy recoil handguns. I pocket carried a snubby for most of 20 years with a set of Hogue soft rubber 3 finger grip not the little 2 finger version. None of those work for +P loads to me. Never had concerns about it sticking to anything except my hand.

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    Love wooden grips from gemini image.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcctex View Post
    This is one of those points to ponder questions.

    I often carry a Smith J frame, model 442 Hammerless, factory Smith rubber grips, in a High Noon Pocket Grabber holster. 38 Special +P ammunition can produce a bit of a recoil bite in this lightweight pistol. The rubber grip surface grabs the skin of the shooter's hand just a little during recoil. Does the "give" of the rubber offset this? The rubber also grabs the inside of my jeans pocket throughout the day. Do any of you folks have wooden grips on your pocket carry J frame, such as Eagle Grips? Just curious about other folks thoughts on rubber vs. wood stocks on this fine firearm.

    Thank you to all.
    You want the gun "functional" for protection and reduce recoil, keep the rubber grips. If you just want "pretty" , go with the wood grips and expect more recoil. You don't get to have both.
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    Eagleks, not really true wood absorbs quite a bit of recoil an is excellent for gripping. The 642 hasnt much of a recoil with standard .38 anyway but my mod 60 or sp with .357 handles really well with the grips in the photo above. My SP is one of the most accurate guns I own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy8 View Post
    Love wooden grips from gemini image.jpg
    Wow those are nice! What holster is that at the right, it looks great! And the knife, is that the Cold Steel Tli 6" ? And that last revolver, what model? Looks like an engraved Ruger maybe sp?

    Sweet stuff you got there

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    For those debating wood grips versus rubber grips, when the time comes to shoot in an emergency, self defense situation, you will not feel or hear the gun discharge. Choose something you can readily hold and point accurately...

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    I have a smith & wesson 66-7 that came with Uncle Mike's rubber grips and I wanted to make it look really cool so I got it a set of Ahrends cocobolo boot cut grips which are truly beautiful.

    I put the rubber grips on to shoot it. I put the wood ones on to show it off.

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    Wood boot grips

    I have 3 J frames and use wood boot grips on all of them. These are laminated wood from the Illinois firm Handgungrips.com. I find them comfortable, smooth and easily concealed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcctex View Post
    This is one of those points to ponder questions.

    I often carry a Smith J frame, model 442 Hammerless, factory Smith rubber grips, in a High Noon Pocket Grabber holster. 38 Special +P ammunition can produce a bit of a recoil bite in this lightweight pistol. The rubber grip surface grabs the skin of the shooter's hand just a little during recoil. Does the "give" of the rubber offset this? The rubber also grabs the inside of my jeans pocket throughout the day. Do any of you folks have wooden grips on your pocket carry J frame, such as Eagle Grips? Just curious about other folks thoughts on rubber vs. wood stocks on this fine firearm.

    Thank you to all.
    I have found the stock rubber grips - either boot or tactical (the latter having the extra finger groove and backstrap covered, and they come with the .357 j-frames) are very comfortable. The rubber does absorb some of the recoil. However, I don't like the feel of them, so I switched to ahrend's boot grips.

    Unless you use a large grip on the airweights, you will notice the recoil of a +p. Of course, the larger grips then reduce concealability.

    I did try the VZ's and I do not use them. My review is here:

    VZ Grips Review for j-Frame (In progress)

    Now, I use the ahrend's boot grips on almost all my j frames.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy8 View Post
    Love wooden grips from gemini image.jpg
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