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    Wood or Rubber? Comment
    Gregory Morris, 10/19/09 6:29:10 pm
    In my last post, I mentioned my latest acquisition.



    or



    On the one hand, I've always been a fan of blue steel with wood. The Hogue grips are ugly as sin, and ruin the otherwise good looks of the gun. On the other hand, the rubber grips are a million times more comfortable.

    The little metal clippy thing that comes with the Hogue grip does scratch the finish on the bottom of the grip pretty good, so I have to pick one and stick with it.

    What say you?

    [Comments are closed after a month.]

    Re: Wood or Rubber?
    thorn, 10/20/09 1:28:17 am
    For appearance, wood.

    For comfort, I suspect the rubber may be better.

    Either way, keep the wood grips around in case you want them someday. :)
    Re: Wood or Rubber?
    thorn, 10/20/09 1:30:18 am
    Ok, comment part 2. I just realized it's a .22 pistol. If it was a larger caliber, I might suggest the rubber - but for .22, stay with the wood grips.
    Re: Wood or Rubber?
    WCGreen, 10/20/09 7:08:33 am
    I agree on the look of wood, but you're not hanging it in an art museum. I vote for shooting in comfort.
    Re: Wood or Rubber?
    Reese, 10/20/09 11:04:54 am
    I'd stay with the Wood. Those Hogues just look awful, and they're not needed for a plinker. I've got a Super Blackhawk in .44 Mag that I'd like to get some Hogue grips for. The Pachmayr Presentation grips that I have on currently just don't tame the recoil enough.
    Re: Wood or Rubber?
    Paul, 10/21/09 1:46:17 pm
    That's an easy one. If your gun is going to come out of the safe on rare occasions, by all means stick with wood. If however you actually plan to shoot the gun very much, go with the rubber.

    Hint. Shoot the gun with the wood grips first. There is a likelyhood that you will come to appreciate the filler behind the trigger guard on the Hogue and your middle finger will not get banged up. At least that has been my experience.

    Paul
    Re: Wood or Rubber?
    jk, 11/4/09 1:57:21 pm
    The single action revolver has a unique shape that is quite different than that of the double action revolver. Understanding the reasons behind the shape and how the grip interacts with that shape is of far more concern that aesthetics.

    A weapon is a tool. Function should come well before any consideration of aesthetics unless of course your talking about a collector piece that is never intended to bee used in the first place. If that is the case then by all means, doll it up as you see fit, just don’t ever expect it to be able to perform it’s intended job with any degree of usefulness.

    I frequently hear people talk about “Taming the recoil” of a revolver and that they need special grips to do so. With proper training and experience “Recoil” from a revolver is a non-issue. I have see 12 year girls comfortably shoot a 2.5” S&W500 with full power loads and ask to have more ammunition after shooting a full box of 50. Understanding how to properly shoot allows you to shoot just about any revolver with relative ease, comfort and confidence.

    Now, about the design difference between the single and double action revolver; The double action revolver grip was designed to help you to maintain a constant grip position so that each time you stroke the trigger through it’s travel your hand is in the same position allowing for very fast, accurate shooting without having to reacquire a proper grip because your grip is not supposed to be broken or changed between shots.

    This single action revolver grip was designed completely differently (And well before the double action design). When shooting a single action revolver the grip is designed to allow the revolver to “Roll”. That may not be the correct word but the idea is that when you shoot the single action you allow the “recoil” to push the muzzle in an upward direction while the grip slides in your hand and your wrist slightly “Rocks back or up” with the revolver. This positions your hand slightly high for the next shot and places the hammer spur within easy reach of the lifted thumb. The idea is that you push your wrist “Back down” while at the same time catching the hammer spur with your thumb. This “Wrist back down” action sort of flips the muzzle back toward the target and at the same time cocks the revolver for the next shot. You simply align the sights on the target again while you place your thumb back on the side of the frame and then gently but quickly stroke the trigger for the next shot.

    The art of properly shooting a single action revolver was lost years and years ago. Most people try to hold the revolver stationary while shooting then take a long reach with the thumb to grab the hammer and pull it back. That is very incorrect. The thumb only lifts up and then gets put back down. It never “Reaches” for the hammer.

    Of course if your playing TV/movie cowboy your fanning the hammer with the off hand and simply spraying lead downrange. It is the rare shootist that can do that with any degree of accuracy.

    So…. If you put rubber grips on a single action revolver your defeating one of the main design features of the weapon. The ability to let it smoothly roll in the palm of your hand. Trying to let the revolver roll in your palm with a full power centerfire round will yield a very painful pulling of the skin in your palm and you will not want to ever do that again. That is assuming of course that you are holding onto it tight enough not to drop it but loose enough that it will try to properly roll.

    Allowing the revolver to properly roll in your palm will give a much lower felt recoil than attempting to hold it stationary and when done properly will pretty much remove any previous thought of needing to “Cushion the recoil.”


    Of course the weapon in question here is apparently a .22 rimfire. This revolver does not have nearly enough “Recoil” to properly roll the weapon in the palm no matter how loosely you hold it. Of course with the .22 rimfire there should never be any consideration of “Controlling recoil” either. If you want rubber grips on your .22 rimfire and if you feel the rubber helps you shoot faster and with more accuracy then have at it. On the other hand, it really does kill the traditional look of the weapon.

    Just the humble opinion of a man that has fired a few rounds now and again…..
    Re: Wood or Rubber?
    Gregory Morris, 11/4/09 6:14:12 pm
    Great comment, I really appreciate it. That's something I didn't know.

    Obviously, I'm not at all worried about recoil. This revolver is mostly for plinking, and occasionally teaching newbies how to shoot. It is not a collector's item by any means. The rubber grips feel a lot more comfortable, even if they look awful, so I think I'll stick with them. On the other hand, I bought a double-action .22 revolver, so I may not end up shooting the Ruger as much. If that turns out the be the case, I'll put the wooden grips back on.

    I will keep what you said in mind if I ever acquire a "real" SA revolver.
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