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Posted: 4/17/2023 8:48:23 PM EST
I’m considering purchasing some VZ grips for a 642. I’ve used stock Smith & Wesson grips, crimson trace, and uncle mikes grips on various j frame revolvers. I honestly liked the crimson trace grips the best even without using the laser. They had a soft rubber or neoprene wrap around grip that covered the back strap and made shooting such a small revolver much nicer than it should have been.

I’m thinking about trying some VZ wrap around twister grips. Anyone care to share their preferences?

I’m not opposed to classic grips and a Tyler T-grip if that gets me the best groups and most comfortable shooting experience.
fnh
Link Posted: 4/17/2023 8:58:10 PM EST
[#1]
Hogue tamer grips got my 442 to point much better for me than the factory grips and lessened the impact of +P loads.
Link Posted: 4/17/2023 9:24:18 PM EST
[#2]
Old school factory wood with Tyler T grip.
Link Posted: 4/17/2023 10:04:51 PM EST
[#3]
This is my favorite J frame grip.

Link Posted: 4/17/2023 10:07:56 PM EST
[#4]
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Originally Posted By dahugo:
Old school factory wood with Tyler T grip.
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I have thought about that for an early 90s model Taurus Model 85. The Hip Grip I have on there now isn't cutting it. For J frame.
https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1013318268
Link Posted: 4/18/2023 6:10:15 AM EST
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Link Posted: 4/18/2023 8:10:15 AM EST
[#6]
VZ Operator 2s
Link Posted: 4/18/2023 8:34:43 AM EST
[#7]
If it's riding on my hip in an OWB holster, Hogue. If it's tucked in my pocket in a Sticky holster, boot grips.  Although for OWB, I just picked up a Smith12-2 with Tyler's grip on it and kinda like it. Thats a K frame though, sorry. Still....
Link Posted: 4/18/2023 11:27:42 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1168RGR] [#8]
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Originally Posted By Mike_314:
Hogue tamer grips got my 442 to point much better for me than the factory grips and lessened the impact of +P loads.
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I’ve heard this before, but I mostly shoot Glocks, so I’m not seeking more vertically oriented grips….would I hate those grips?


I’m also watching this similar thread, and leaning toward Altamont wood for my 442.
Link Posted: 5/13/2023 8:23:46 AM EST
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Originally Posted By MoonDancer:
This is my favorite J frame grip.
https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/37420/20200711_184454_jpg-1499564_JPG-2214501.jpg
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After trying a lot of grips, this is the answer for me as well. Very compact but surprisingly hand-filling. And it looks great.
Link Posted: 5/13/2023 8:35:59 AM EST
[Last Edit: Blackie] [#10]
Pachmayr Compac
Link Posted: 5/13/2023 9:05:32 AM EST
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Factory grips work just fine for me, I really have no complaints.
Link Posted: 5/13/2023 12:13:36 PM EST
[#12]
Altamont makes a couple grips that I like. Both having enough meat on them to get all my fingers on.
Link Posted: 5/17/2023 12:07:22 PM EST
[#13]
Vz operator 2's are my favorite.
Link Posted: 5/17/2023 12:10:51 PM EST
[Last Edit: gotuonpaper] [#14]
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Originally Posted By Mike_314:
Hogue tamer grips got my 442 to point much better for me than the factory grips and lessened the impact of +P loads.
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Excellent on my 340 M&P

Not my pic...

Link Posted: 5/17/2023 12:11:30 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Another-Bill:
https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/472/S_W_642_on_Copper_Web-2710405.jpg

Factory grips work just fine for me, I really have no complaints.
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It always got in the way of the speedloader. I thought that was weird.
I switched to VZ and it was a lot easier to speed load.
Link Posted: 5/20/2023 6:32:15 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Blackie:
Pachmayr Compac
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That's what I use too. Compac grips are designed with shooting in mind, not just concealment. I've tried most of the grips listed in this thread plus many others not listed. The only thing that could make them better would be for somebody to make them out of G10 or checkered wood. I've always wanted a set of grips like that. Boot grips seem to universally twist in my hand with even moderately hot loads.
Link Posted: 5/20/2023 10:14:08 PM EST
[Last Edit: JW] [#17]
I put a Hogue on my 640 , I like the way it fills out the hand but you can’t use a speed loader, it hits the grip so I use the bianchi speed strips instead
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Link Posted: 6/2/2023 8:19:31 PM EST
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Link Posted: 6/7/2023 10:43:51 AM EST
[Last Edit: SecurityGeek] [#19]
I've tried a bunch, but i always seem to return to the tried and true.


Link Posted: 6/7/2023 8:14:33 PM EST
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Originally Posted By dahugo:
Old school factory wood with Tyler T grip.
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Dude, was gonna say the same thing! A pair of Old-School "Chief-Special" Smith Grips coupled with a Tyler-T... It' the "TITS" and I have Healthy Meaty Mitts... And these grips still fit my wife's semi-dainty mitts. It's comfortable for everyone I know of too.



Link Posted: 6/7/2023 9:05:27 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Another-Bill:
https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/472/S_W_642_on_Copper_Web-2710405.jpg

Factory grips work just fine for me, I really have no complaints.
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Reloading from speed loaders sucks badly with the stock grips; like nearly impossible to do it well.
Link Posted: 6/8/2023 8:42:52 AM EST
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Originally Posted By MRW:
Altamont Altais for a bit extra length

https://i.imgur.com/3saRzMi.jpg?1

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Very nice
Link Posted: 6/8/2023 11:54:43 AM EST
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I’m using CT Laser grips on my old steel frame. They print worse than a Glock 19. But I don’t really carry it.
Link Posted: 6/22/2023 9:48:19 PM EST
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Uncle Mikes J frame boot grip. Had one on a 640. best grip for concealed carry.

Link Posted: 6/22/2023 10:15:40 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Yankee-Carpet-Bagger:
Uncle Mikes J frame boot grip. Had one on a 640. best grip for concealed carry.

https://di2ponv0v5otw.cloudfront.net/posts/2022/05/28/6292646821f2e1cb381238c7/m_wp_629264abcb692c6ed637cefb.webp
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It’s a shame they don’t make those any more
Link Posted: 6/23/2023 8:14:34 AM EST
[Last Edit: pneuby] [#26]
Oddly enough, the now discontinued Taurus small-frame grip. On the RH side of each photo.
You need only to punch out the grip locator pin from the base of your J-frame.
They are quite secure, no worries.
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Link Posted: 6/28/2023 3:23:16 AM EST
[#27]
LG405 for comfort and laser needs.

PGS Hideout grips for if you're going to pocket carry and need minimal size.

If you've no need for a laser, I'm a fan of a Barami Hip Grip plus Tyler T adapter plus rubber bands. Great feeling combo
Link Posted: 7/1/2023 9:03:11 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Another-Bill:
https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/472/S_W_642_on_Copper_Web-2710405.jpg

Factory grips work just fine for me, I really have no complaints.
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This. I honestly really like these factory grips.
Link Posted: 7/8/2023 10:22:38 PM EST
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Originally Posted By TheJudgeHolden:
LG405 for comfort and laser needs.

PGS Hideout grips for if you're going to pocket carry and need minimal size.

If you've no need for a laser, I'm a fan of a Barami Hip Grip plus Tyler T adapter plus rubber bands. Great feeling combo
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A man after my own heart! Have PGS in the parts bin and 405s on the 642 in my pocket.

I’d like to try the hip grip.

Have you seen the new hip grips out yet? Hamreforge on IG. They look promising.
Link Posted: 7/10/2023 7:44:12 AM EST
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I pocket carry my J-frames, so I like the Crimson Trace boot grips.

The sweet little 22LR Taurus 94 at the top is just for cheap range practice.


Link Posted: 7/11/2023 10:45:46 AM EST
[#31]
For wood I like Herrett's grips:
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For rubber, I prefer the Hogue Monogrip.
Link Posted: 7/11/2023 10:58:56 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Mike_314:
Hogue tamer grips got my 442 to point much better for me than the factory grips and lessened the impact of +P loads.
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FPNI

HOGUE TAMER

the smooth plastic end cap makes front pocket holster draw smooth


S&W 642 draw from concealment
Link Posted: 7/13/2023 7:19:22 PM EST
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Originally Posted By MRW:
Altamont Altais for a bit extra length

https://i.imgur.com/3saRzMi.jpg?1

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<I have this, but I think it's too slippery. It forces me to squeeze the grips really hard, which is probably a good thing.
Link Posted: 7/13/2023 9:22:08 PM EST
[Last Edit: anachronism] [#34]
deleted- dupe

I forgot how old this thread was
Link Posted: 7/25/2023 1:10:58 PM EST
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I have a set of Uncle Mike's boot grips I picked up from eBay a couple years ago. Figured I'd likely buy a J-Frame sooner or later, and since they ain't exactly getting any more common, might as well grab a set for cheap while I can. They look just right on a stainless snub.

Now I just need to get a J-frame to put them on. Thinkin a new 640 would be sweet.
Link Posted: 7/30/2023 9:47:20 AM EST
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I use the factory grips on mine so I can continue to pocket carry or aiwb. I did take a dremel to the side of it to allow speed loaders to work better. No issues now
Link Posted: 7/30/2023 11:53:42 AM EST
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I have two 642’s. One has the hogue tamers, I use this mostly for range use on owb holster carry. The other has VZ boot grips that I use for pocket carry.  The hogues really make the 642 more pleasurable to shoot but the VZ’s work perfect for me for pocket carry.
Link Posted: 8/2/2023 11:58:49 AM EST
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Craig Spegel boot grips for the win.

Expect a long wait as in years.

Now you know why there's a long wait.
Link Posted: 8/20/2023 8:04:25 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Yankee-Carpet-Bagger:
Uncle Mikes J frame boot grip. Had one on a 640. best grip for concealed carry.

https://di2ponv0v5otw.cloudfront.net/posts/2022/05/28/6292646821f2e1cb381238c7/m_wp_629264abcb692c6ed637cefb.webp
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This man knows………so damn good I found a couple and they sit in safe in case I buy more snubbies
Link Posted: 8/29/2023 10:04:24 AM EST
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I've got several sets of Vz operator 2s and checkered boot grips.  I absolutely love them.
Link Posted: 8/30/2023 6:11:00 PM EST
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I've got a pair of the Barami hip grips on my 642.  

Link Posted: 8/30/2023 6:56:34 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Another-Bill:
https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/472/S_W_642_on_Copper_Web-2710405.jpg

Factory grips work just fine for me, I really have no complaints.
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This. They fit better than Hogue too.
Link Posted: 9/13/2023 12:43:07 PM EST
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Link Posted: 9/13/2023 1:46:37 PM EST
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Originally Posted By MRW:
Altamont Altais for a bit extra length

https://i.imgur.com/3saRzMi.jpg?1
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I like smooth grips too.
Link Posted: 10/30/2023 6:58:08 AM EST
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The regular full finger hogue has been my go to on nearly every gun except an AR. For the J frame I think they excel. The oem rubber grips are also good as far as I’m concerned. Specifically the one about the same size as the full grip hogue. Still prefer the hogue though.
Link Posted: 11/3/2023 4:35:29 AM EST
[Last Edit: phungus] [#46]
I run the Crimson Trace LG-405's on my 360PD.

To me laser grips and J Frames are made for each other.
Link Posted: 12/26/2023 12:18:04 AM EST
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I had to Google to figure out / remember what these were, but the Hogue wood Bantam feels best to me.



I also like the original Uncle Mike's grips S&W used to use.



Link Posted: 1/3/2024 6:52:15 AM EST
[#48]
Beautiful pieces!
Link Posted: 1/20/2024 11:47:45 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Yankee-Carpet-Bagger:
Uncle Mikes J frame boot grip. Had one on a 640. best grip for concealed carry.

https://di2ponv0v5otw.cloudfront.net/posts/2022/05/28/6292646821f2e1cb381238c7/m_wp_629264abcb692c6ed637cefb.webp
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For a small grip, this is also my favorite, and I have tried a bunch over the years.

When I see a post like this, I always recommend the Hogue Bantam Model 61000, which is very close in size and shape to the Uncle Mike's boot grip, which I'm pretty sure is a Craig Spegel design.  The Hogues are easily found, inexpensive, and are also offered in wood and G10.

Alternatively, S&W did or does offer a grip that looks and feels a lot like the Hogue Bantams, and may even be made by Hogue, but which has a different texture and the S&W logo. They're inexpensive and work perfectly but I prefer the texture on the Hogues.

Cheers
Link Posted: 1/20/2024 11:50:22 AM EST
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Just picked up my first j frame a 642 no lock. Don’t really know why other than I’ve never had one so doubt I’ll carry it in town, maybe just around the homestead. Thought I wanted to go with VZs but looking like I should try some houges first. Wraparound seems to be the consensus if you want to shoot it some, yes?
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