Keep the rubber, or go with wood

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    I'll give the stock rubber a chance when it comes in.

    As for the wood clashing with the tactical look, I found some in a black diamondwood that'd go well with it.

    Maybe checkered would be best for the bloody grip.
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    I have the Hogue rubber grips for my 642 and during pocket draw I have had no issues with snagging.

    Actually, my hand encloses the grip as it is being drawn, so the grip would not have a chance to catch on fabric. I would like to add that in the event it was raining, muddy or a bloody situation, I would feel more comfortable with a rubber grip versus wood.
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    I had installed wood grips for the look, but for shooting they are not so good. I had then replaced them with the Hogue rubber grips and had a much better time practicing at the range. I guess however if you going to pocket carry wood grips are the only way.

    Personally, I would never pocket carry, because I prefer holster carry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by artz View Post
    that statement you made is true. PLUS wood gives the gun a little more personality I think...
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    I'm always happy to get wood.

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    While I love the look of wood as well I personally would replace the rubber with new rubber with a laser attached.

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    I don't want to get into the laser debate, I personally just think they are great for the snubs. And I have these for my S&W 638, the rubber over mold helped tame the +p rounds, it should help with the .357s as well. I pocket carry the gun all the time and I have never had a problem with them snaging anything. They are also pretty slim, helping keep the profile down for pocket carry.
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    Wood is pretty but rubber is more practical, better when wet, less temperature sensitive, handles recoil a lot better, a real consideration with an alloy j-frame shooting 357 loads. Our pocket rockets are for self-defense and we've switched them all over to Hougue rubber, and they don't snag in whether carried pocket, belly band or ankle. A nice plus is they're priced right.

    Still nothing better looking than a finely crafted wood grip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pistola View Post
    I have a set similar to what you are considering,and they are great for pocket carry and provide a good hand hold for control of rapid double action firing.
    I have the very same grips on my 642. I carry OWB and find that the wood grips don't grab my shirt tail the way the OEM rubber ones did. They just let the shirt slide right back into position. I don't know how many times I looked down to find that I was exposed because my shirt tail was stuck on the grips.

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    I think I already have enough "rubber"... I have a big "dunlop" around my waist!
    Not only do I like wood I like smooth wood, no checkering. I carry IWB @0400, rubber grips start getting painful after a couple hours!
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