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So, I've been on the hunt for some new grips on my 4" GP 100. I've got the original Rubber with wood insert grips installed right now, the full size ones. While they are okay, I would like something a little more compact in the event I carry it. Probably wouldn't be often, just sort of a backup piece for when the SP101 is in the shop for upgrades.

I like wood, and I've considered digging up a pair of the old compact stocks of the same style but the rubber catches clothing and really I want full wood stocks. The problem is there seems to be a dearth of different vendors available.

The Hogue wood look too big, and I've checked out the Badger stocks too, but remain unconvinced either one is much smaller than what I already have.
What I'd really like to find are some round butt grip styles.

If there are any other styles out there that people are familiar with I would appreciate someone throwing me a bone. Meantime I've thought of a couple options;

- Contact Badger and see if he could make some custom stocks, maybe even a set of boot grips if it still stayed long enough for me to wrap my pinkie under the butt.
- Buy a Hogue grip in the wood of my choice, then sand and contour it down to my liking (which means turn it into a round butt myself).
- Buy a nice piece of walnut burl and have a go of it in the garage.
- Sell the GP 100 and get another SP 101.

Any opinions?
 

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I bought my GP-100 used. It came with the Hogue rubber grip that Ruger uses for the newer GP's, and the seller threw in a well-used Hogue finger groove wood grip also. Some cleaning, light sanding, and 6 coats of Minwax high gloss polyurethane, and this grip looks better than new (IMHO)...

 

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I ended up contacting Jim Badger. Seems like a real straight shooter.

I ordered a boot grip for the SP101 and also a custom boot grip for the GP100 too. I was hoping he would work with other woods, but he'll stick to what he has and knows. I ended up going rosewood on both grips.
 

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I've had several GP100s, all with the rubber/rosewood combo grips. (like they were originally) These work just fine, and I personally hate the look of the new ones with those klugy Hogue rubber jobbies. YMMV
 

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I got my boot grips from Jim Badger. It took him about a week and a half, they are pretty sweet. Since I've carried an SP101 for years, and just naturally wrap my pinkie underneath the butt, the boot grip on the GP100 feel like an old friend. They are a little bit larger, but still conceal decently well. Even with the 4.2" barrel. My safariland speedloaders also fit both guns with their respective boot grips.

I typically carry 10 o'clock (lefty), but am looking to shift to 2:30 with my SP101 and cross draw with this new boot grip. The GP100 boot grip will merely be as backup if my SP101 is in the shop for upgrades or some other reason. Most likely I'll also get another wood grip or replace the inserts in the stock grips for the GP, since it will ride most of the time OWB as a mountain and woods gun, and be used as a HD gun too, to augment the shotgun.
I spend some time in black bear and cougar infested areas. My wife's family had to shoot three bears this past summer when they came off the mountain to go for the sheep. Drought makes it rough for the predators and when they can't find food they come looking in more populated areas.

I'll try to post pics of the GP100. I've looked and it's very hard to find a picture of Badger's boot grip for the GP100's. It's good enough a 3" GP with his grip would make a pretty sweet CCW piece.

EDIT: I snapped some crappy pics on my phone. I got to thinking that I would love to add something like a clipdraw to the GP for quick mexi-carry.
 

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The way I look at it is. You never really own a Gp 100 you just take care of it for the next generation so why send it off with those ugly hogue rubber grips ?
 

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You're wrong about the Hogue Monogrip. I've been shooting revolvers for more than 40 years; and I've yet to find any revolver grip that fits my hand better than a Hogue Monogrip. I particularly like the way the long vertical profile of a Hogue Monogrip helps to index the pistol in my hand on a fast draw. My personal preference is for checkered side panels.
 
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The "shootability" of Hogue grips has nothing to do with that fact that they're downright ugly. That being said, were I to sell a revolver I'd want to display it with the original (non Hogue) grips for maximum saleability. (assuming you have them, that is)
 

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OK, ....... here's a picture of a hideously ugly Hogue Monogrip. (It's on an S&W Model 686 that people keep trying to buy from me - Who'd a thunk!) :D



 

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I'm talking about the rubber offerings.
 

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:rolleyes: Oh! In other words one of the most popular revolver accessories the Sturm-Ruger factory sells.

OK, got it! :wacko:

 

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I am right partial to the stock Hogue Monogrip myself. It ain't pretty but it functions perfectly in my hand. If it looks good and functions well then I'll consider it but if it just looks pretty I'll pass. To each his own.
 
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