This is a discussion on Reshaping Revolver Grips within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I've got a Dan Wesson Model 14 .357mag with a 4" barrel that's a great shooter. The problem I've had with it is finding the ...
I've got a Dan Wesson Model 14 .357mag with a 4" barrel that's a great shooter. The problem I've had with it is finding the right grips for it. Traditionally they come with oversized "target" grips that are skinnier at the top (where your fingers are longest) and WIDE at the bottom (where your little pinky finger is). For me, not only are these kind of grips hard to get a hold of they are also very hard to conceal.
It came with large rubber Pachmayr Presentation grips that did a good job of reducing recoil, but still weren't the easiest to hold on to not to mention they'd seen years of hard use and showed it. Granted the gun itself shows a lot of the same use, but even old men need new shoes from time to time.
I wanted pretty grips that also felt good when held. I had picked up one of those oversized target grips and thought I might be able to reshape them into a more hand-friendly shape. Like these.
I don't really have much woodworking experience outside of whittling sticks as a boy scout in my youth, but I was up to the challenge. I've seen a lot of custom grips out there with finger grooves and though I'm not totally against them, I do see the arguement that they may not fit everyone. I wanted to make grips that my wife would be able to comfortably use as well as me so I nixed designs with full finger grooves. Instead I came up with a design similar to these Pachmayr compact grips that add a pinky groove, but in a pretty walnut.
Here's the final product after hours of sanding & shaping with a bunch of Dremel sanding drums, a lot of hand sanding and a bit of Tung Oil (great stuff).
Now I'm not into OC (open carry), but I would be happy to OC with these pretty grips showing. They are compact enough to where I might work on an IWB holster and try carrying this .357 mag concealed. I'm really happy with how they turned out and I won't have any problem reshaping my grips in the future. I hope my experience inspires some of you to do the same to renew your old revolvers.
For more pictures (ones you can enlarge), I have a longer writeup in my blog (link in my sig).
Mine: Glock 36............Wife's: Ruger SP101 3"
-------Ruger SR9....................Ruger SR9c
-------S&W SW99 .45.............Charter Arms Undercover
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