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Hey guys, I just bought a new 642 and i love it. Shot 100 rounds through it on tuesday. Im mostly used to full size autos and long barreled steel mag revolvers. Anyway this little gun kicks hard and after a while my hands were very sore. Wonder if there are any grips out there of better quality that will reduce the recoil and improve accuracy(reduced flinch factor):gah: I know i need practice and this gun is accurate enough for its purpose. Let me know
Links would be appreciated
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Any after market grip that is larger will help but, the larger grip now makes this gun harder to conceal esp. if you carry in a pocket. If you pocket carry get wood grips and a pocket holster. Hogue makes good grips. Check out the mono grip it has a covered backstrap.I think the J frame is the most carried gun that no one likes to shoot.
 

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mac,

I just bought the 442 recently and love it!

Did yours come with the standard short rubber boot grip with molded finger contours? This seems to be touted as the most comfortable for this little revo and still small enough to gain an advantage in concealment.

What ammo are you shooting through it? Standard? +P? +P+?

Not to hijack the thread, but Speer Gold Dots 135 +P JHPs were designed for snubbie carry. They kick a bit but not uncomfortable for shooting a few cylinders once a month.

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I have gone to Packmayer (sp) rubber compact grips for my j-frame .357s. I haven't done so for my 642, but that would work, and they do significantly reduce the felt recoil.

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I have a SW Model 37 that came with the rubber grips. Most people end switching back to them once they change them. My little gun shoots well, but I have not had any problems with my hands hurting. Good choice and have fun.
 

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thanks for the info guys. Yes i plan to pocket carry and yeah they come with the short rubber grips. Its not that they really hurt its just that i don't like the feel of them. There is a raised part that presses on the innner thumb near the web that isnt comfortable. I use the speer gold dots for carry and they shoot great. I just want the gun to be as comfortacle as possible that i am comfortable with it if the time comes.(SHTF) Like the monogrip idea will check them out. Also some nice wood or ivory grips might look cool, but like i said its comfort not looks that i need. Might take out a sander and remove that raised part. Don't usually wear gloves because i won't be wearing them if i ever need the gun fpr self def.
 

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I have tried several grips for my 642 and ended up with the Hogue Bantams. They look similar to the stock grips, but feel much better, and the finger grooves are a much better fit for my hand.
I have a very nice set of rosewood boot grips that look pretty, but are brutal when it comes to recoil...
 

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if you ever need the gun for self defense, sore hands will be the last of your worries...

for the range, Hogues or gloves...
 

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Kevin said:
Is that a Hedley holster?
Yes it is. I really like it.
 

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My 642 is still stock. The grips work for me.
Great pocket choice.
 

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Mac,

What loads are you using in the 642 for practice? I'm a fairly recent 442 ( w/ the rosewood grips ) owner and just had some brutal sessions with the gun. The first outing with it ripped the skin off of my thumb webbing and gave me a sore spot on my thumb joint that lasted for 3-4 weeks. This was after 85 rounds of S+B 158gr FMJ 38's. And that was with a glove on. OUCH!

I've since changed over to Win. 120gr JSP WinClean or WWB 130gr FMJ loads, depending on what the range has available. The difference is like night and day. The WC loads do have a mighty mighty cylinder flash to them, however. I've also found a death grip helps in both trigger control and recoil management, more so than usual.
 

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642 Recoil

I have a S&W 642 with a Crimson Trace laser sight - it has the longer rubber grips on it, which are long enough to let me comfortably wrap all three fingers around it. The grip not only fits my (large-for-a-woman) hands better, but also absorbs the recoil nicely.

The first few times I shot 50 rounds, I felt it by the end of the session, but yesterday I shot almost 150 rounds with no effect at all. Not sure if I'm just getting used to it, or if I'm subconsciously adjusting my grip to accomodate the recoil.

I definitely agree that a good firm grip, with a slight push-pull effect (pushing slightly forward with the strong hand and pulling back with the support hand), helps absorb the recoil into your arms, rather than a looser grip that allows the gun some "slop" room to kick back against your hand.

Keep shooting with it a while, be aware of how your hand position, and see if it doesn't improve.

I had some excellent groupings yesterday. I love my 642!

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ammo was a mixed bag of 110, 135, and 158 gr. After 100 rds was alittle sore. I usually give my revolvers that have a kick a death grip to help control the recoil.
 

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Recoil friendly is usually NOT concealable friendly. Rubber grips cause your cover garment to hang up as a natural consequence...especially in hot climates. Having said that: HOGUE all the way.
 
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