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Grips for S&W j-frame revolver that won't interfere w/speed loaders?

Discussion in 'The Snubbie Club' started by AggiePhil, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. AggiePhil

    AggiePhil ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Alright Wheelhouse, I need your expertise. I have a Smith & Wesson M&P 340 j-frame 5 shot revolver, which basically looks identical to the gun below. It isn't the gun below, but to keep things simple, it looks very similar to the gun below. The grips on it however, are EXACTLY like the ones below.

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    ...And speaking of the grips, therein lies the problem. The gun is so small that the left side of the grips interferes with the loading and unloading of the cylinder. It makes it very hard to use a speedloader quickly. So I'm looking for a set of grips that [I guess] has an extreme left side notch and is made more for reloading efficiency rather than comfort. Two possibilities that I'm currently considering are either a set of Eagle Grips Secret Service grips:

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    ...or using the old school S&W service grips with a Tyler T-Grip (not shown):

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    Of those two options, which would have the least left side speedloader interference? Eagle Secret Service Grips or S&W Service Grips? Thanks!
     
  2. G33

    G33 Frisky! Millennium Member CLM

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    Mostly use std and T-grips.
    Have found Eagles and Spegels work.
    :supergrin:
     

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  3. AggiePhil

    AggiePhil ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Anybody have more pics of the Eagle Grips in use?
     
  4. Chup

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    I had the same problem. I have a friend that had a older Smith 642 with the rubber boot grips by Uncle Mike's. He put nice wood grips on his and gave me the Uncle Mike's. You could all ways grinde a little with a dremil to clear for a speed loader all so.
     
  5. xcop

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    It will depend on the speedloader you want to use. Eagle grips will not work with Safariland loaders without a fair amount of work. They will work with HKS though without any work.
     
  6. When I carried a model 60 as my back up I used a set of Pachmayrs. I always used HKS loaders without a problem.
     
  7. AZ_Quailhunter

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    Glock 17L *GLOCKAHOLIC*

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    As RS2 showed above the Craig Spegel Boot Grips are my Favorite..
    NOTE that the newer S&W Grips have problems with speedloaders but the ones they used before that were Uncle Mikes & there copies of Craig Spegels grips..
    You should be able to find these at a gunshow..
    Or spend the money & order some wood grips directly from Craig Spegel himself..
    There the best accessory I ever bought for my Snubbies..
    Enjoy the new Snubbie..
    Gary/Hk
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  9. AggiePhil

    AggiePhil ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Thanks for the replies guys. Feel free to keep em coming as a reference to myself and future members. I think I've decided to go with a set of Ahrends Grips (http://www.ahrendsgripsusa.com), as they're reported to not interfere with speedloaders and I can get a set for about $35-$40. I'm not too concerned with the appearance, although the basic Cocobolo Ahrends will probably look pretty nice on my black j-frame.
     
  10. BL33D 4 M3

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    My model 49 wears the Eagle Secret Service Stocks. Its all around excellent and does not interfere with HKS speedloaders. My model 36 wears a Pachmayr and also does not inhibit use of HKS. It is considerably larger though.
     
  11. AggiePhil

    AggiePhil ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    I almost went with the Eagle SS grips (kind of glad I didn't now, since they're so expensive), but I kept reading a lot of reports of people having problems with them not fitting just right. Then I read that they're made overseas and imported. While I guess that isn't a huge deal, I like the fact that Ahrends makes the grip themselves. Hell, when I called to ask a question, I spoke to Mr. Ahrends himself.
     
  12. I just posted a new thread on this topic. I should have read ahead a little bit:

    I just picked up a pair of Precision Gun Specialties Hide Out Grips for my 640. I choose the model HO-4 (finger grooves w/textured finish) for pocket carry purposes. I been carrying a J frame revolver is some way, shape or form for many years and this appears to be one of the better set of grips out there for the price (just over $20 with shipping). It appears that the grips are now manufactured to accommodate speed loaders, as I've read quite a few reviews / articles where the grips had to he trimmed a bit to accept HKS loaders.
     
  13. Glock 17L

    Glock 17L *GLOCKAHOLIC*

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    The PGS grips are very nice for the money, they make a great pocket gun even better..
    Congrats on the new J Frame Smith, There my favorite carry gun for sure, Nothing Better IMO..
     
  14. Hogue Mono on my 642 with no problem..............:cool:
     
  15. badge4436

    badge4436

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    Never had problems with the Uncle Mike boot grips on either a 642 or the 442. The Safariland reloaders work fine. Just hold the revolver vertical and the rounds pop in. Don't even look when I do it.
     
  16. FreakyBig

    FreakyBig Massive Member

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    Where do you find the PGS grips?

    I couldn't find anything searching.
     
  17. Berto

    Berto woo woo

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    Glock 17L *GLOCKAHOLIC*

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    The PGS grips work pretty good & there cheap enough..
    I had a set gifted to me on the S&W Forum years ago & had them on a 442-2..
    Later I sold the 442 & gave the grips to another forum member after getting the Spegels..
    I found a few pics of them on the 442-2..

    Precision Gun Specialties HO-3 Hide Out Grip on S&W 442-2
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    With Rubber Band
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