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Old May 6, 2013, 06:38 PM   #11
Bill Akins
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NewFrontier45 wrote:
Guy says "I am thinking about putting some premium grips on my S&W N-frame" and you suggest Jay Scotts???
I didn't "suggest" nor advocate anything to anyone. I simply posted what type of N frame grips I like and use on some of my N frame S&W's that fill my big hands well. The title of his post said "Which grips for a S&W N-frame". Well these are the grips I use on three of my four S&W N frame 1917's. I don't suggest he use them, but I also don't suggest he not use them. I presented them for his perusal and consideration without suggesting anything other than they fill my big hands very well.

Also the OP said..." I like some polymer ivory (I will never afford the real thing), but I'm not sure about putting plastic on my gun as a "premium" grip. Also, for both the imitation ivory, or the stag/elk, I'm thinking that a darker grip may be more striking on my stainless revolver."

So clearly by what the OP wrote, he was not yet sure, and not strictly ruling out POLYMER or IMITATION ivory grips nor POLYMER or IMITATION stag grips. Well my Jay Scott grips are POLYMER (with wood inlet spacers under the surface polymer) and are IMITATION stag grips.

Again, I wasn't suggesting anything other than to show what grips I use since the written subject line of this thread is..."Which grips for a S&W N-frame".

But I do suggest you learn to more carefully read and retain what the OP actually wrote before you criticize what I wrote.

Further, what defines "premium"? Is "premium" defined by form and expense, or by function?

I had a set of fairly expensive genuine India Sambar stag grips on my 1917 N frame "snubby" (pictured below as I received it) before I restored it.

Same revolver as above after my restoration with 1960's vintage Jay Scott grips on it.

I still have those India Sambar stag grips but don't use them. They were too thin for my hands and didn't hold recoil well in my hands. The Jay Scott grips I replaced the so called "premium" India Sambar stags with, are nice and thick and are actually a "premium" set of polymer grips from 1960's vintage new old stock that I acquired. The Jay Scotts I use also have a nice inletted section of wood in them which thickens them further in width, so they are not all polymer. Plus my Jay Scott grips will not chip nor break as easily as the India Sambar stags I replaced them with. So to me, in my mind, the Jay Scott's are a "premium" 1960's vintage set of polymer and wood grips that for the increased width function I need surpass the function of the more expensive India Sambar stags I had. I didn't "suggest" the OP use them, but I also didn't suggest he not use them.

So it all boils down to what one wants regarding what they consider "premium". Is "premium" simply form and cost or is it function? It boils down to what size one's hands are, what grip angle/feel one likes and ultimately one's OPINION.

If one says they have a "premium" set of original bakelite grips on their antique say 1880's S&W, are they incorrect in calling an antique excellent condition set of bakelite grips "premium"? It all boils down to opinion.

I like what I like due to my personal experience. I don't care what someone else thinks if it works for me and I like it. Ultimately that's all that really matters.

"This is my Remy and this is my Colt. Remy loads easy and topstrap strong, Colt balances better and never feels wrong. A repro black powder revolver gun, they smoke and shoot lead and give me much fun. I can't figure out which one I like better, they're both fine revolvers that fit in my leather".
"To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target".

Last edited by Bill Akins; May 10, 2013 at 04:13 AM.
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