What would be your choice grip for a S&W "J" frame 'Pocket Carry' revolver?

What would be your choice grip for a S&W "J" frame 'Pocket Carry' revolver?

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    What would be your choice grip for a S&W "J" frame 'Pocket Carry' revolver?

    I am looking to purchase a nice "J" frame round butt grip for my new S&W 640. I have been told that rubber grips catch the pants but I own a CT for my S&W 642 and have never had a real problem drawing from my jeans pocket. It does catch a little but I like how the grip feels in my hands. I want the grip to be fairly concealable. I have never owned a wood grip.

    I am open to any suggestions, wood grips, rubber grips, anything.


    So far I have considered:

    Pachmayr Compac

    Crimson Trace LG-405

    Badger Custom



    Thank you for any suggestions, they are much appreciated!

    Best wishes and be safe!

    Kevin


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    With a pocket holster it doesn't really matter ,
    but I plan on getting a pair of smooth wood grips for my S&W M60 - for when it just gets stuffed in someplace.
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    Wood boot grips

    For a S&W J frame that will be pocket carried, the grip should be a short "boot grip" that will not peek out the top of the pocket. The boot grip is only as long as the frame of the gun and no longer. It allows two fingers on the grip, with the little finger curled under the bottom. Several vendors make these, including Eagle Grips, shown below:




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    I stumbled across these grips while looking at custom gunsmiths.
    They are rather pricey, but thought I'd mention them.

    http://www.inventorscolony.com/collinscraftgrips/
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    I have a CT LG - 405 on my 638 and like it very much. If you already like the CT feel (and the aid to accuracy), it seems a good idea to get them for the new gun or at least try the grips you already have on the new gun to see if you like them on it. The LG 405 has the small pocket that supposedly helps recoil as well, which is nice. However, it sounds like you might be leaning towards a good-looking wood grip. I can certainly appreciate that, as I have seen some beautiful wood grips out there. You could always get both and switch back and forth as the mood suits you!

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    For while I carried my j-frame with boot grips...but the control that was sacrificed at the expense of place for my pinky finger to get a purchase was too high.

    I switched to a combat grip. Only half an inch added to the grip's overall length, but it made a huge of difference in added control for follow up shots.

    I went with wood because it doesn't "grab" my clothes like rubber does. And even though these grips are slick to cloth, the finish is quite grippy even with moderately sweaty hands.
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    I use the Pachmayr Compac Grips.

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    i use the factory wooden grips on my 1980 year model s&w model 60. so if you can find some old style wooden grips they will work well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigsauer View Post
    For while I carried my j-frame with boot grips...but the control that was sacrificed at the expense of place for my pinky finger to get a purchase was too high.

    I switched to a combat grip. Only half an inch added to the grip's overall length, but it made a huge of difference in added control for follow up shots.

    I went with wood because it doesn't "grab" my clothes like rubber does. And even though these grips are slick to cloth, the finish is quite grippy even with moderately sweaty hands.
    So the added length on the grips didn't cause the grip portion to stick out of the pockets? I've looked at non-standard grips for my 442, but I've always been wary since I pocket carry.

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    I have a 'boot' grip on my 317 snubbie

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    I've tried a number of different stocks, and keep going back to the bare-bones factory walnuts for pocket-carry.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Erich View Post
    I've tried a number of different stocks, and keep going back to the bare-bones factory walnuts for pocket-carry.



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    I don't own a J frame but here's my 686 with Secret Service Eagle grips. I'd expect they would be good on a J frame.
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    I've pocket carried a 442, then a 342pd for years and find that there's hardly any exposed grip surface when I have a hold of it. In fact (in between sentences) I'm holding the latter now wondering how the grip could gonna hang-up on anything, by virtue of its texture, if I'm pulling it out of my pocket: http://www.usgunowner.com/photohost/...g=MVC-306S.JPG

    'Course I'm prolly missing something. (btw, I've always liked the look of those rosewood grips that come on the Lady Smith 38 j-frame!)

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    I just ordered the classic wood service grips, along with a T-Grip for my 442. The setup looks like this:


    http://www.t-grips.com/

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