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Old November 16, 2013, 11:01 PM   #1
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stag grips

What are the pros and cons of stag grips? Appearance is obvious, so is cost, but what are the pluses and minuses beyond that?
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Old November 17, 2013, 12:27 AM   #2
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Been used since handguns were new. Save for cost there is no particular drawback to stag. I have a set I made for one of my S&Ws. I inset the medallions and polished them smooth because that's the way I like them.

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Old November 17, 2013, 02:29 AM   #3
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Unpolished stag gives a very secure grip.
Finding someone who can work stag is hard. It must be worked from the rear to leave the surface texture.
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Old November 17, 2013, 09:04 AM   #4
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Sort of the same difference between "tennis shoes and wing tips" . . . some folks just like to dress up more when they go out!
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Old November 17, 2013, 12:30 PM   #5
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Seems like I read an old Elmer Keith comment about how much more grip textured stag provided over walnut, hard rubber or other grip materials of the day.

Don't own a pair myself, sure like the look of the textured ones.
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Old November 17, 2013, 02:06 PM   #6
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Although YMMV, I prefer stag grips (for both handgun & knives) with some "bark" on them, since w/o it, they look too much like bone grips, and the "bark" ensures a non-slip grip.

My Ruger Bearcat's wearing a set of Elkhorn Stag's, courtesy of Sack Peterson.

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Old November 17, 2013, 04:02 PM   #7
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Horn and bone can be quite porous

Even sanded smooth it offers superior grippiness. Looks good too.

I've always hate the overly shiny imitation stag seen in the '50s though.
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Old November 17, 2013, 04:17 PM   #8
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It is what it is !!!

With stag grips, what you see , is what you get and that is why most folks like them. In fact, I have never heard of anyone who doesn't like them. Just like most thing, they have their physical limits. In some services, I prefer other grip materials and few look equal to stag. ......

Two weeks ago, I saw some of the most beautiful set of stag grips and right off, knew that I wasn't going to be able to steal them. Finally asked and they were asking $265.00. ......

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Old November 17, 2013, 04:45 PM   #9
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In addition to looking great stag grips do offer better a better grip than most wooden grips. I have stage on several of my revolvers.
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Old November 17, 2013, 07:16 PM   #10
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Read One Ranger by J Jackson....

I'd suggest reading the non fiction book; One Ranger.
J Jackson, a former NRA board member & retired Texas Ranger(LE version), packed a 1911a1 Commander .45acp with Stag Grips.

He goes into detail about sidearms, pistol grips, duty gear, etc.

He even acted as a set consultant for actor Nick Nolte on the action drama: Extreme Prejudice.
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Old November 19, 2013, 04:56 PM   #11
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I have a set of faux (resin) Stag grips on my Ruger Vaquero, they areprobablly the best first purchase that you can make! The ribs of the Stag finish fit my dingers as though they were fitted to my own hand! The hold is totally slip-proof!
Soon as I added them, control of the powerfull .357 Magnums was no longer an issue. They are thicker and fit my large hands well. My Groups quickly started to shrink as I got used to the new feel of the Stag's!
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Old November 19, 2013, 05:02 PM   #12
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What are the pros and cons of stag grips?


The 'pros' are what you see above.

The cons are, if the grips are poorly shaped they are worthless as grips!

Mine followed the stock S&W grips, so I added the Tyler T and that gun is quite comfortable to shoot. I use 225 DPX .44 Magnums and they are quite controllable (but then the DPX round puts that 225 gr. slug at 1100 from my 4 inch 629-1.)

Cost? Well those grips you see the price tag was $260. They had been in the store for years so I offered $150, tax included. They sad yes, and thus I got those grips for $150.

They shoot as good as any grip of the same configuration but just look alot cooler.

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