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View Poll Results: Which Grips for my Old S&W 44 Mag?
VZ grips - black cherry 3 13.04%
KN Replica Coke Bottle Grips 5 21.74%
Altmont N-Frame Grips Coke Bottle Target 9 39.13%
Eagle Grips N-Frame Grips 1 4.35%
Other? 7 30.43%
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Old March 10th, 2021, 07:07 PM #1
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Help Me Decide - S&W N-Frame Grips

I've got this old Smith & Wesson 44 Magnum, and the grips on that old thing have seen better days - the left one is missing a chunk right by the trigger guard, Dad tried (operative word, "tried") to re-cut the checkering at one point and kinda messed it up, but they are original "Coke bottle" S&W grips.

With that in mind, I'm looking at a few options:

1.) VZ grips, G10 - black cherry
https://vzgrips.com/products/tactica...re-bottom.html

2.) KN Replica Coke Bottle Grips
https://www.nill-griffe.com/Replica_...olvers_72.html

3.) Altmont N-Frame Grips Coke Bottle Target
https://www.altamontco.com/pistol-gr...sson/n-square/

4.) Eagle Grips N-Frame Grips
https://www.eaglegrips.com/heritage-...age-grips.html

5.) Other? I'm open to suggestions.

(On my screen the selections are showing clockwise from the upper left)
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Check out Herrett's as well.
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My opinion...the KN Replica Coke Bottle Grips have that classic look.
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Interestingly, it seems that there really aren't a lot of folks making the traditional style of grips for the classic S&W N Frame. It's pretty much the choices above, unless there are some custom/boutique makers.
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I was going to recommend Kim Ahrends. Shame they aren't in business anymore:

http://ahrendsgripsusa.com/

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We will not be taking any new orders after 02/22/2020.

Many of you know that a few years back Miss Judy lost a 10 year battle with cancer. I guess the business got neglected to some extent during that time. The medical bills and business debt gave me little choice but to take bankruptcy.

It appeared for a time that it could be worked so I could keep the business going but thats not going to happen. Im looking forward to the future.

It has been a real joy for Judy and me to meet so many great people. I thank you for all the business you have given us. There are so many good memories. Judy handled the phone and made so many lasting friendships.

The bank tied up the programs and even my name. It appears they are going to continue the grip line. There wont be any one named Ahrends associated with these grips and we only hope they can continue the quality we offered.

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If you're actually going to shoot it, I recommend Pachmayr Presentation grips. Hogue Monogrips are not comfortable to me and I like the covered backstrap.
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If you're actually going to shoot it, I recommend Pachmayr Presentation grips. Hogue Monogrips are not comfortable to me and I like the covered backstrap.
I am going to shoot it, but for this I'd really like them to be either wood, or something like G10 that's tough and has a grained appearance similar to wood.
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If you're actually going to shoot it, I recommend Pachmayr Presentation grips. Hogue Monogrips are not comfortable to me and I like the covered backstrap.
I second this. Until I just sold my last .44 Magnum, I have been shooting that caliber for at least 40 years. For hard shooting guns you really don't want checkering. Additionally, the grips above will slow the onset of arthritis.
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I second this. Until I just sold my last .44 Magnum, I have been shooting that caliber for at least 40 years. For hard shooting guns you really don't want checkering. Additionally, the grips above will slow the onset of arthritis.
I could probably be convinced to reconsider on the Pachmayrs, although I reload and I don't shoot this gun heavy - that will be for my next 44 - probably a Ruger Redhawk.
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If in fact you have a real set of "Cokes", find someone to rehab them. You can probably get some information on the Smith and Wesson forum. Even repaired, they are worth hundreds of dollars. No disrespect intended, but letting someone work on collector items without the proper skills can be a costly mistake. Real "Coke" stocks were generally found on pre-1957 S&W revolvers. That being said Here are my thoughts on your choices:

VZ- Nice for what they are. Very "grippy". G-10 a little out of character for the gun, but nice for shooting. Checkering is very sharp, so you'll feel it with full bore loads in a 44 magnum

Nill- Fit great. Look good. You get what you pay for. Not for me on older guns.

Altamont-IMO they look cheap. Their fit is iffy. I've owned three sets, and they all had some wiggle room. Long gone.

Eagle- Crappier than Altamont for the same reasons and a lousy finish.

My suggestion would be to look at Herrett's. They have the designs appropriate for the gun at really fair prices, and the quality is excellent. The stocks shown in the photo are Jordan Troopers with the covered backstrap. I had them on a model 29, and they were excellent at taming reccoil.

You can go really uptown with Keith Brown (2 year wait) or Culina. There are others, but you'll have to do some work on your own.

Consider an older set of S&W "N" frame targets.
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