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Old April 28, 2018, 06:48 PM   #1
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Suggestions for designing the perfect LCR & LCRX grip

Of course there are no one grip fits all.
I got my duplicator set up to inlet the panels for the LCR and LCRX grip tang frames. So now I can make up some blocks to play with grip designs.

So here is your chance to input some ideas for grip design.

So here are some questions.
1. Is pocket carry a criterial, which then means a shorter grip.
2. Is a full three finger grip desireable?
3. Finger grooves which limits fit, or no finger grooves?
4. Narrow grip at the bottom for more conceability?
5. Is a traditional looking grip necessary to you, or are you open to the most far out concept if it works?
6. Thick or thin grip?
7. Necessity for easy speedloader loading, including jet loaders?

Lately, I've been working on some birdshead type designs. This one is my latest with a two finger hold so it fits into my jeans pocket, and the birdshead for recoil control, and a very very high hand hold with the grip extending way up the backstrap so my web is almost level with the bore axis. Made out of Cherry wood with a leather stain. The bottom has a bulbous swell so locks my hand in, and the design of the grip is old world kinda inspired by "steampunk" motif.
My own main criterials for this LCR are pocket carry and access for my SL Variant speed loader, but I have some designs worked out for OWB carry as well.

But some of my future designs might be influenced by some of your suggestions, like boot grip designs, combat grip, farrant grip, etc.

I'll be designing some for both the LCR and the LCRX 3" models.
Looking forward to hearing some suggestions!

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Old April 28, 2018, 07:40 PM   #2
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My first and foremost requirement is slick and easy access when drawing from my Wrangler's right front pocket. The OEM grips were just too "sticky". I put Eagle wood grips on my and have been happy, thus far.
FWIW, the grips you pictured are beautiful. I don't know how they feel, but they look superb.
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Old April 28, 2018, 10:32 PM   #3
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I like the Hogue Tamers grip that it comes with. The only improvement would be adding an extension for the pinky.

I put Pachmayr Diamond Pro's on mine and it totally changed my aiming ability. Not entirely sure how.
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Old April 29, 2018, 01:37 AM   #4
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I like the grip that comes with the LCR just fine and dandy. J
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Old April 29, 2018, 03:07 AM   #5
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Pachmayr Guardian Grips...



I think if/when Ruger makes a 3 inch .327 LCRx, those are the grips I'll be putting on it.
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Old April 29, 2018, 08:00 AM   #6
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Beautiful work and craftsmanship. I have two LCR’s and love them both but the grips have always been a problem for me. I’ve tried just about every grip out there and keep going back to the one that came with the guns and that’s fine I can live with that but I’m always on the lookout for different type grip. Please keep posting pictures of the different ones you make.
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Old April 29, 2018, 08:09 AM   #7
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Interesting that they list the Guardian for the LCR, but I cannot find a photo of one anywhere on the internet, even Lyman's own videos or website. Is it that new. They list them for sale.
I do like their innovative thinking however.

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I think if/when Ruger makes a 3 inch .327 LCRx, those are the grips I'll be putting on it.
IMHO the 3" LCR is not a pocket gun size. It's the same size as a K frame or Ruger security six. So a pop out compact grip is not necessary, as it would be carried IWB or OWB and could use a full size grip.
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Old April 29, 2018, 10:42 AM   #8
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Those are beautiful grips!

I had to put LCRx grips on my 38 special LCR because the original ones were just too small for my XL hands.
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Old May 1, 2018, 05:24 PM   #9
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Making the block for a boot grip style LCRX grip.
Inletted the two sides on the duplicator and gluing them up to make a thin one piece grip with the securing screw on the bottom like OEM.
Using scrap Cherry wood from my shop. It's nice and dense and finishes out decent.

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IMHO the 3" LCR is not a pocket gun size. It's the same size as a K frame or Ruger security six. So a pop out compact grip is not necessary, as it would be carried IWB or OWB and could use a full size grip.
HaHa, I have to eat my own words! I took some fabric and sewed some extra material on my jeans pockets to make them deeper, and can now carry the 3" LCRX in my jeans! So I guess it makes a nice decent pocket carry gun given it's super light weight. Hence the need for some small boot grips for the gun as above.
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HaHa, I have to eat my own words! I took some fabric and sewed some extra material on my jeans pockets to make them deeper, and can now carry the 3" LCRX in my jeans! So I guess it makes a nice decent pocket carry gun given it's super light weight. Hence the need for some small boot grips for the gun as above.
How resourceful! You just gave me an idea to sew a pocket on my skinny jeans that don't have pockets. Are you using a pocket holster as well or just your gun?
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Old May 1, 2018, 06:09 PM   #12
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No pocket holster, just the gun, but nothing else in the pocket.
The jeans are fairly close cut boot cut jeans. levis 517
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Old May 1, 2018, 07:53 PM   #13
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Got it shaped. Very minimal and thin. Fits great into my elongated jeans pocket!
Just deciding on the finish I want. Thinking faux stag would be cool.

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You do beautiful work. That grip is just what the doctor ordered for easy drawing from a blue jean pocket.
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Old May 2, 2018, 11:39 AM   #15
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You do beautiful work.
Agreed. And, it seems, in just a couple of hours. I know there was other planning and prep work we didn't see, but you're still good and quick.
My vote for the finish would be to leave the color as is. The grain looks good and the contrast is interesting.
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Old May 2, 2018, 01:08 PM   #16
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Thanks everyone for the compliments.
I painted the boot grips with a white base and will do some faux stag when the paint dries enough, but in the mean time, I whipped out another project block out of American black walnut. This will be a target style stock for the 3" LCRX. It will have a thumbrest, palm swell and flared base support. This will be for range fun, not carry.

Getting the inletting down to 1/2 hour now. It takes the block a couple of hours to dry in the glue up. So will be shaping this afternoon. The basic shape is cut with a jig and band saw, and the contours are cut freehand with a thin blade bandsaw. Shaping on these prototypes are done freehand with drum and disc sanders. It takes about a hour to shape and then another hour to hand sand. If anyone is interested in learning how to make their own, I can on another thread post a do along.

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If anyone is interested in learning how to make their own, I can on another thread post a do along.
I'm interested. Don't want to create work for you, but if you're counting votes, put me down as having both hands raised.
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Interesting work HVR. I've been very pleased with the Pachmayr Diamond Pro. It is thick but provides a 3-finger grip and still fits in most of my front pockets.
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well, it got late, and the grips had to dry, but snapped a few shots of the finished target grips. Still need another coat of tru-oil, but they fit really nice and feel very secure in the hand.
The black walnut has a dark brown leather stain, and it came out too solid, so it took some work to take some off so the wood grain showed again. Like I stated, each one is an experiment and learning process till I get it down.


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Those are beautiful grips! I am SOOO impressed. Love the color of the black walnut. Do you do this just as a hobby or do you ever take orders? Someday I would love to have some real wood grips like that for my Snub nosed S&W .38. I love the first ones too, the light color that you said fit in your levis pocket real good. What color did you wind up staining it or did you leave it natural. Fantastic job!
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Old May 3, 2018, 09:55 AM   #21
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Jazzgun, THANKS!
I'm just making these for fun and experimentation right now. The boot grips are going to be worked on today. I'm working on putting a faux stag finish on them.

Wood is an adventure to work with. I've been a wood worker for years. You never know how the finish is going to come out, especially with stains. And you can work for hours and come out with a sanded perfect product, and then the wrong finish can make it look like junk!
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Here are the boot grips done in FAUX STAG!
I put a wash of yellow ochre and burnt sienna to give it more of that aged "bone" antler color (over the pure white undercoat).

I'm glad I took the risk and tried it.
Me thinks it came out OK! It's a ten foot job (nobody could tell from 10 feet away!LOL)


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WOW! The Faux Stag turned out BEAUTIFUL! They look like the real McCoy! When are you going to start taking orders? Those would look really good on my J Frame. It's just got those plain black uninteresting ones now but it does make it look more scary. LOL!

Are the little dark lines grooved in to improve the gripping? That's my only objection to my pretty grips in Mother of Pearl and other pearlized colors. They are too slippery. I actually dropped my little Raven the other day at a friend's house. I've never dropped a gun before in my life. It hit the tile and didn't go bang...thankfully. I didn't have a bullet in the chamber.

It was VERY as in VERY embarrassing.
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These are today's latest build. American black walnut target/carry grips
Criterial for project:
1. Shoot both single action and double action.
2. Recess for hammer for higher hold, yet be able to cock with strong thumb.
3. Finger grooves, and flared base for max support with minimum flare (a balancing act)
4. Thumbrest, but cut minimal so that I can use SL variant speed loader
5. Three finger hold on front
6. Narrow enough to carry IWB
7. Be able to shoot left handed if necessary
8. Supportive enough for one handed target shoot and 2 handed combat

These grips achieved all the above needs, so pretty happy with the design. I have medium hands, and these are very ergonomic, and supportive.
I shot bullseye with revolver for many years, so these come from my experience in making those types of grips.


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Old May 9, 2018, 10:21 AM   #25
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No pocket holster, just the gun, but nothing else in the pocket.
Years ago, my experience with J-frames indicated that a holsterless revolver and blue jeans was a combination that quickly wore a hole though the jeans, mostly from the sharp front edge of the cylinder abrading the denim. Admittedly, that was IWB with a Barami Hip Grip and not in a pocket.
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