So, shortly before I got my CCW license, I started shopping for a suitable CCW Smith & Wesson revolver. I wanted to go with something bigger than a snubby, but smaller than an N-frame. I wanted to have something with a tuned action, chambered in .357 Magnum that would accept moonclips for quick reloads. After scouring the S&W catalog and online product lists, I eventually wound up buying a S&W 586L-Comp. It is one seriously sweet little gun! When I decided that it was about time to get a BUG, I wound up buying another one just like it. That was about a year ago. Since then, it is rare to find me without my twin L-Comps. Each gun came with a Hogue Bantam rubber grip and an Altamont wood laminate boot grip. I have not been in love with either of these. The Altamont is too chunky for my short, fat fingers and the checkering is way too aggressive for my tastes. The Hogue’s rubber material catches my clothing. For about a year now, I’ve been wanting replacements.
Jenni has been asking me what I would like for my upcoming birthday. I keep telling her that I don’t know. I really haven’t thought about it. This morning, it hit me! I want new stocks for my revolvers! So, I’ve been emailing back and forth with Kim Ahrends to determine exactly what it is exactly that I want to put on them. I believe I’m going to go with his round butt finger groove grips on both guns.
He has several woods to choose from, and I’m having a hard time trying to decide. I’ve pretty well decided that I like the maple or the padauk.
But, I’m having a difficult time choosing. I think that either would look really sharp on my blue guns. So, I’m asking for opinions. Please share your thoughts and opinions.
UPDATE *cheesy telegraph sound*
I’m going to get the padauk grips. The maples are gorgeous, and I’ve gotten other recommendations such as moradillo, walnut, oak, and bubinga. If I need something a little dressier later on, I may go and get something else. Really, it takes two minutes to change out a set of grips. Where is the law written that one must have but one set of grips per gun? Should not a handgun be able to accessorize itself according to the occasion? OK. Now, I’m just justifying. I placed the order for the padauk grips. For better or for worse, that’s what I’m getting. I’m sure they’ll be gorgeous. Between Ahrends and The Evyl Robot Empyre and back is about a week. Kim said they are about 4-weeks for order turnaround right now. That means that in about six weeks, The Twins, Wrath and Gluttony will be wearing new furniture! Squeeeeeeee! *all kinds of girly sounds* We’re going to have a photo shoot, Yay!!!…. *looking around nervously, grunting and scratching crotch…*