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Mountain Gun Makeover

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 24,513 Senior Member
The Hogue grips, while pretty, were too large for my taste. Not a finger groove fan for a defensive gun and the grip itself was too long to conceal well.

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So, I ordered a set of Eagle Grips. The web site picture shows a nicely figured rosewood. These turned out to be more mahogany or ebony, but no matter. They are much more trim and compact. Allowing my Carney Hands to get a better grip while reducing signature under clothing. In the process, I also ordered a HiViz front sight as I CAN'T STAND ramp front sights. Neither Ruger nor S&W make acceptable factory front sights unless it's some aftermarket enhancement model. So, off with the grips and sights and on with the new. It is NOW a viable carry gun for me.

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To complete the package, I ordered an El Paso Saddlery holster.

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This, I like VERY much. Comfortable and concealable, it is a very nice addition.

Well, she is finally done. My loads are ready. The grips and sights are to my liking. And the holster to carry her is viable. It only took several years to get around to dolling her up. But, I finally did it right.
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Looks good. Silvertips or cast HPs?
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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,131 Senior Member
    Nice. I know a guy with bigass hands and a .44 Mag Mountain gun that would gladly help you part with the old grips.
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,298 Senior Member
    Nice choices all around! I have the same EP holster for my 325PD, and love it. The gun looks great.
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,513 Senior Member
    Big Chief wrote: »
    Looks good. Silvertips or cast HPs?


    Those are the cast HP bullets I was testing a few weeks ago. They are my carry load for that gun.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,513 Senior Member
    Jermanator wrote: »
    Nice. I know a guy with bigass hands and a .44 Mag Mountain gun that would gladly help you part with the old grips.

    Really? Does he have a twin named Butt Jerm?
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,513 Senior Member
    bullsi1911 wrote: »
    Nice choices all around! I have the same EP holster for my 325PD, and love it. The gun looks great.

    Great minds think alike.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,591 Senior Member
    I really dig those grips.:drool:
    I have that EP Saddelry holster, too. 1911 flavor. I've been meaning to get more of them.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,513 Senior Member
    jbohio wrote: »
    I really dig those grips.:drool:
    I have that EP Saddelry holster, too. 1911 flavor. I've been meaning to get more of them.


    For the price, the holster is really nice. One can pay trice as much for a Galco, but not gain much I don't think.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,131 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    Really? Does he have a twin named Butt Jerm?
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    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
    Very nice! I have several El Paso shucks, and plan on more. Outstanding leather at any price.
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  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Same grips caught my eye for M29 sq bt.

    You got good taste.
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,513 Senior Member
    LMLarsen wrote: »
    Very nice! I have several El Paso shucks, and plan on more. Outstanding leather at any price.


    I think I'll be getting more as well.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,513 Senior Member
    early wrote: »
    You got good taste.

    Much grats!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,513 Senior Member
    I considered Dan Eagle grips for my 686. While I was waiting for Smith to replace the defective grips (took 4 months) that came on mine, I bought a Hogue mono grip. Like you, I thought it was too large and I had problems getting a proper grip with the finger grooves.

    The stock grips are a really nice size, but again with finger grooves. Dan Eagle makes a set like the stock set, sans finger grooves. I'll probably order these someday.

    http://www.amazon.com/Wesson-Rosewood-Checkered-Stipple-Engraved/dp/B016D6D998/ref=sr_1_8?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1445737213&sr=1-8&keywords=Dan+Eagle+Grips


    Those look really nice!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,811 Senior Member
    Those eagle grips look tiny
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,513 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    Those eagle grips look tiny


    They are! Which is why I like them. They are the same size as the frame.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,936 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    They are! Which is why I like them. They are the same size as the frame.

    My J- Frame .38 makes my hand sore, that looks unpleasant with stout loads, they look nice though.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,811 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    They are! Which is why I like them. They are the same size as the frame.
    So then, that must mean the grips on that new 45 redhawk are small, too.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,513 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    So then, that must mean the grips on that new 45 redhawk are small, too.


    Yep.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,513 Senior Member
    Great size for the gun. My fingers just don't hit the grooves in the correct spot.

    I don't like grips that take up space behind the trigger guard. I prefer to choke up on my grip and get as I as possible.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,571 Senior Member
    You have been staying busy--Well Done!
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
    Eagle Grips and Dan Eagle are two different companies. Zee's are from eaglegrips.com.

    I have a few of theirs too; they make good stuff.
    “A gun is a tool, no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.”

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  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,010 Senior Member
    Nice, but then it's pretty hard to ugly up a mountain gun:drool:

    Sako
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,513 Senior Member
    sakodude wrote: »
    Nice, but then it's pretty hard to ugly up a mountain gun:drool:

    Sako

    Just out rubber grips on it. That'll make it ugly.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,513 Senior Member
    You have been staying busy--Well Done!

    It's not 110 degrees outside. I get motivated when it backs off of Hades status.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,543 Senior Member
    Well done! I'm a big fan of fiber optic sights too, though my grips have to be bigger or the gun rolls too far in my hand. Found that out shooting a Ruger SBH in .44mag with standard grips. I definitely like the color on yours, though. It's funny to me that every time you post pictures of your upgrades and mods, I go shopping. :roll2:
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  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,010 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    Just out rubber grips on it. That'll make it ugly.

    Nope, I'd take a mountain gun even with goodyears on it.

    Sako
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 11,143 Senior Member
    bobbyrlf3 wrote: »
    Well done! I'm a big fan of fiber optic sights too, though my grips have to be bigger or the gun rolls too far in my hand. Found that out shooting a Ruger SBH in .44mag with standard grips. I definitely like the color on yours, though. It's funny to me that every time you post pictures of your upgrades and mods, I go shopping. :roll2:
    Our Zee is quite the enabler, isn't he?
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  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    Looks great but I also liked it before too, but then again I got big ol' gorilla hands.
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,513 Senior Member
    bobbyrlf3 wrote: »
    It's funny to me that every time you post pictures of your upgrades and mods, I go shopping. :roll2:

    Just doing my part to keep this place running.

    :-)
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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