Hogue Grips for the S&W J Frame – MONO Grips vs Tamer Grips

My blushing bride and I went to the Inner10 and tried the Mono Grips and the Tamer Grips side by side – we each fired 10 rounds with each at 5 yards – she shot 130 grain standard pressure and I shot 158 grain standard pressure – rate of fire was right at 1 round per second – below are the little darlings ready for bath time after their outing . . .

Oh you dirty little guns . . .

She did good withe Mono Grips . . .

Tamer Grips – not so good . . .

My run at it with the Mono Grips – that’s two rounds at the lower left corner of the center red square . . .

And here I go with the Tamer Grips . . .

The Mono Grips are a little longer than the Tamer Grips which really helped with control and recoil recovery – even though the Tamer Grips did help a little with recoil – the issue is the palm swell is just a little too much . . .

The palm swell as well as the overall hump shape on the back of the Tamer Grips ( see top pic ) makes for a rather different feel – like you are just not getting a “secure” purchase on the Tamer Grip.

When you add it all up – the texturing on the Mono Grips is more aggressive than on the Tamer Grips – then add to the mix the extra 3/4 of an inch or so length of the Mono Grip with the smaller palm swell and the somewhat straighter “back” the Mono Grips gets the Kewpie Doll today . . .

If you are looking to replace your J Frame grips with something besides factory style grips these offerings from Hogue just might be what you’re looking for . . .

If recoil is an issue – and for some folks it is quite an issue – then go with the Tamer Grips by all means – while not significant there is an amount of recoil reduction with them. But realize they do have a learning curve with them – yes they “feel” that much different. I would recommend practicing with them until they feel right to you – and then practice some more!! ( there you go with that P word again!! ) – To me the Tamer Grips feel “strange” compared to my beloved Ergo Grips – and the Mono Grips have a much more “conventional” feel – they feel more “full” sized .

And a good time was had by all – shooting is just like fishing – my worst day fishing just beats the tar out of my best day working . . .

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!

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