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I am looking for a source of a nice looking comfortable set of wood grips for a S&W L frame round butt. I need them to be compact (concealable) and confortable. I don't need them to be custom but custom is okay too. Recommendations?
 

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While beautiful, hand filling and comfortable, the Hogue wood monogrips, Herrett and Nills are oversized and do not fit the requirement of being compact/concealable as stated by the original poster.
 

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The S&W Store is selling wood and laminated "Dymondwood" micarta grips in service and combat styles.

Here's some sources for grips in various styles and materials..

http://gungripsupply.com/

http://www.grips4guns.com/revolver/smithwesson/klround.html

http://www.eaglegrips.com/guns/KL-Frame-Round-Butt-Grips.html
Check out the Secret Service style.

http://www.badgercustomgrips.com/smith_and_wesson_pistol_grips.php

http://www.herrett-stocks.com/
Herritt's custom fit grips to your individual hand using a tracing. An old school company been around forever.
 

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While beautiful, hand filling and comfortable, the Hogue wood monogrips, Herrett and Nills are oversized and do not fit the requirement of being compact/concealable as stated by the original poster.
Not so fast there Ricky...Hogue's "Combat" wood monogrip is very compact and concealable
 

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May be my definition and interpretation of concealable is different. I have used several pairs of monogrips in my lifetime, I have found that due to the nature of the monogrip design, there is nothing compact about them. Comfortable? yes, very.
 

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Ahrends Boot grips are very compact and concealable on an L framed Smith. I have them on a 3" 686, and a second pair on a 3" 629. These heavy pistols carry well and disappear under a light shirt in a Sparks VM2 holster. The slightly longer (1/4") tactical round butt grips give better control on a 4" or longer revolver, and have a flat front for good tactile control, and a place for your pinky finger. I have those on an M29 Mountain gun, and will probably get a pair to replace the round-to-square grips on a 4" 686.

Ahrends grips put the web of your thumb high on the break, and are slightly wider than Hogue monogrips where it counts. The recoil is not hard on your hands, since they fill most of the palm. The palm swell on Hogue grips is too pronounced for my taste, and too low for good recoil control. Heavy loads in the .44 Magnum cause a lot of torque that might be less with a longer grip. Heavy .357 loads in the 686 are a piece of cake.
 

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+1 on the Ahrends. Great grips that feel as good as they look. They are also not hard on the wallet in my opinion.

Reno
 

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Ahrends Retro Combat Round Butt grips on a 2.5" 686
Made from Buckeye Burl


For rubber, I would suggest the Hogue Bantam grips. Very comfortable with .38spl and not too bad with .357magnum. There is also a seller on ebay from Thailand who makes wood grips that match the Hogue Bantams. Around $40-$45 and very well made.
Ryan
 

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For those of you who have Ahrends...Do they have clearance to work with HKS speedloaders?
Yes. Look at my picture, the half moon cut out on the left grip panel just behind and below the cylinder release latch is the speedloader relief cut. Any grip panel with that kind of cut will clear most speedloaders including HKS.
 

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Buckeye is not an option. But you can source your own woods and send them to him and he will make the grips. He is currently making me a set of Black & White Ebony N Frame sq.butts for my 25-2. I've had him make me lots of grips for my 1911s out of laminates, Box Elder Burl, Afzelia Burl, Buckeye Burl, Maple Burl and so on. He's a great guy.
Ryan
 
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