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Old July 2, 2022, 08:59 AM   #1
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686 slim "target" grip options? Altamont is out

Hi there,

I'm looking for slimmer traditional target style wood grips for a 686. What I would go for is Altamont "conversion target." However, out and emailing them came up with a no idea when restocked response.
https://www.altamontco.com/pistol-gr...esson/k-round/

Any other slimmer than traditional wood "target" grips for the 686? I admit I don't care for the look of the Pachmayr wood grips either...

Thank you!
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Old July 2, 2022, 06:55 PM   #2
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I have a few older revolvers, s&w and Colt. The wood grips on them are difficult for shooting. I have to constantly readjust my hand grip. Tried a pachmeyer rubber grip. It worked great, but it defeated the classic look that I'm quite font of.

I don't really care for the fancy target grips either. They are expensive, and, to be frank, they are a bit on the pretentious side.

I ended up choosing the poor man's middle ground. Grip adapters. They are affordable and work great in all aspects.

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Old July 3, 2022, 06:37 AM   #3
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You could always scrounge up a pair of classic grips and just start sanding them down until you like them and then just refinish them when done. If you have access to a belt sander it probably wouldn’t take long.
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Old July 3, 2022, 11:05 AM   #4
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I am considering the "target" grips with finger grooves off ebay. Sand down the grooves and then take off equally on the inside seem.

I wonder if the finish or stripping finish used it would just be a mess though.

Altamont has an another version they do have in stock, "BATELEUR."

They don't have the perfect classic target shape though...

Anyone with BATELEUR conversions from Altamont?
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Old July 4, 2022, 09:10 PM   #5
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If you are okay with G-10 instead of wood, VZ's selection all look thinner than the stock grips.

https://vzgrips.com/shop-all/revolve...-bottom-grips/
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Old July 7, 2022, 02:46 PM   #6
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Bought from him before for Taurus grips.

I don't love them, but bought them and going to try them out on a new 686 I just picked up.

Admittedly, the two color line is different. Thinking I'll see them in person and sand/re stain if it's not what I'm looking for:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/175289667248
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Old July 7, 2022, 02:48 PM   #7
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Actually don't mind the look of the VZgrips that are brown/wood looking...but out of stock...
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Old July 7, 2022, 07:52 PM   #8
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Try here http://handgungrips.com/. I have ordered from them a couple of times and they have been good to deal with.
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Old July 8, 2022, 09:54 AM   #9
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You've ordered from them?

The website is sending some personal alarm bells. Too, they have a lot of grips that have been out of stock from Altamont for a long time.

I did find what I want though!
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Old July 8, 2022, 10:25 AM   #10
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Thanks trophyrider!

Altamont hasn't had these grips in over a year. Made the purchase.

http://handgungrips.com/content/sw-k...l-walnut-roper

I will say this about walnut. We have a walnut tree in our yard. I hate it so much. Even the small twigs are like getting wacked by a bat live, but snap with explosive energy when dry. While strong, the dead branches come down like it's their job (like a silver leaf crap maple) and the leaves are big suckers. It has an oil that kills the grass below it. Rats love walnuts. It has a distinct smell like a juniper but not as nice. Basically I hate walnut. Hardwood tree that people like. I would call it a total trash tree.

It randomly got enough die off last year to kill most of it. Think it got too hot where we live. Thought I would never be happier knowing I get to cut it down this year and never see "walnut" again but in Christmas bags. Almost considering getting a chain saw just to make the even fun, though a sawzall will do it just fine.

That said, I think that walnut Roper grip just looks right. Very happy with the appearances of these
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Old July 8, 2022, 11:25 AM   #11
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Wow. Shipped within one hour. For once a website appears kinda sketch but delivers.
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Old July 8, 2022, 07:06 PM   #12
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Glad you found what you needed. I have ordered from them a couple of times and they were fast to ship and had grips in stock when Altamont was out of stock.
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