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Pachmayr Grips - not what they used to be?

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by Mr. Niceguy, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. Mr. Niceguy

    Mr. Niceguy Senior Member

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    I've had a 4" S&W 586 for several years that I installed Pachmayr Gripper grips on, and they fit absolutely perfectly. Well, a 6" 586 followed me home the other day, and I immediately went out & bought the same grips for it. What a disappointment! Sloppy fit, gaps where there shouldn't be gaps, excessive trimming required to remove material that shouldn't have made it past QC, etc.

    I called their headquarters, & they said to send them in & they would replace them, but should I expect anything different on the replacement set? I mean, the instructions actually included a number to call for problems with the fit, as if they almost expect there to be issues.:steamed:
     
  2. diamondmike

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    I have nothing but good things to say about Pachmayer grips and give them my endorsement.

    Last pair I bought was for my BullDog about 2 years ago and they fit perfect as always.

    Next time you buy grips go to the gun shop and take your gun with you and have them install them on your gun and if you dont like the fit dont buy them.

    If you are interested in buying grips a gun shop will install them without charge.
     

  3. Mr. Niceguy

    Mr. Niceguy Senior Member

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    I may resort to that, but should I have to rely on a gunsmith to install something that goes on with a single screw?
     
  4. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    So, if there will be no number provided You would be unhappy as well?
    C'mon!
    I love the Pachmayr grips, I'm using and prefer those both at work and on the personal owned firearm as well.
    Things happen, get some life and relax.
    The next set will be better.
     
  5. diamondmike

    diamondmike

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    If the gun shop will let you install them go for it.

    But its been my experience that anything like putting grips on etc. they will do it because they dont want things scratched up.
    I mean most people can put a simple pair of grips on without any problem but there are some people that can not fix anything without having problems so they dont risk it and I cant blame them.
     
  6. J.R. Bob Dobbs

    J.R. Bob Dobbs Nerd

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    I have several sets of Pach grips, and have used their grips on various S&W revolvers since the mid 1980's. In my experience *each and every one of them* fits the gun like crap. Gaps, overhangs, wavy seams, partially cover frame logos, etc.

    But their shape fits the hand oh-so-nice.

    I had always assumed the material used (different and longer-lasting than any other grip company) is difficult to mold accurately.
     
  7. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Pachmayr isn't as big or well known as they once were. I grew out of the rubber grip fad, so Pachmayr and Hogue don't do much for me nowadays either. Yes, I know that Hogue also makes wooden grips, but they always look so cheesy.
     
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    Pachmayr for me, has always been quality...
     
  9. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

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    I am the exact opposite of those here. I've yet to find a pair of them that fit a S&W revolver well.
     
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    I got one for my G21 a couple days ago and I have no complaints.
     
  11. Mr. Niceguy

    Mr. Niceguy Senior Member

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    There must be a difference between a slip-on grip, and a replacement grip.
     
  12. Mr. Niceguy

    Mr. Niceguy Senior Member

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    But the one I bought 10-12 years ago fit sooooooo well.:crying:
     
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    I got a Pachmayr for my Ruger SP101 because I wanted something smaller than the Hogue mono-grip I was using.

    I was not impressed. It it felt fine but the fit was horrible, like you mentioned large gaps and uneven at that. It looked terrible.


    I finally decided to just get a nice set of inserts for the factory grip and call it good.


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    Mr. Niceguy Senior Member

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    Where did you get the inserts? I've got an SP 101 also, and agree that the grips could use some improvement.
     
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    I found them on E-bay.



    They're quilted Northern White Ash.



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    Pachs...flashback to the 70's! I didn't think anyone used those things anymore.
     
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    :wavey:
     
  18. J.R. Bob Dobbs

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    Nice pic, I haven't seen that "exported" marking on a USA Norinco.
     
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    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    Probably because the one I have is a newer production model.
    Somewhere around September I'm expecting to buy a new version of Norinco - the so called "modern 1911" with the beavertail safety and some other "frills".
    Some other markings on this one...

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  20. Brucev

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    I have been buying and using Pachmayr grips on my both S&W and 1911's since 1979. They have been uniformly excellent. I have found that once you install the grips, all you have to do is line everything up and tighten the screw. But these grips are not wood... you do have to spend a minute or two getting the two halves of the grip lined up. If the pair you purchased do not correctly fit your revolver, then contact Pachmayr.