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    Gp100 grips.

    Guys i've been considering a GP100 with the 6 inch barrel now for a couple of months. I know the gun is sturdy and reliable so there is no question there. The problem i'm having is with the grips. I have huge hands. Huge as in able to palm a basketball. I think my hands belonged to a 7ft basketball player in a former life as they don't fit me all that well. Anyhow the grips on the GP100 are really small. I've held two different guns. Both had molded rubber grips and I was told that one was the Hogue cushion and the other was a standard Ruger molded. Both felt uncomfortably small an I was needing to close my hand too far to actually get a good hold on the gun.

    Anyone know of a larger set of grips?

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    Senior Member Bisley's Avatar
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    I have large hands (but not that large) and I have learned to adjust my two-handed combat grip so that I can manage sub-compact pistols pretty well. It's a slightly different grip with a revolver, because you can't position both thumbs forward, due to the normal 'leakage' between the cylinder face and the forcing cone.

    So, the best way I've found to grip a revolver is to clamp the weak-side thumb back over the wrist, right at the base of the strong-side thumb. You still do the 'push-pull' thing (push with strong hand, pull with weak hand), so that you aren't really having to grip it like a vise with one hand. Because you are pulling with the weak side hand, and clamping with the weak-side thumb, you don't have to squeeze so much with the fingers on your strong side hand. You are pulling it into the heel of your strong side hand, so you get a firm platform that allows you to operate your trigger finger independently from your grip, so that it pretty much eliminates the tendency to 'milk' the grip.

    Clear as mud?

    I use Pachmayrs on my GP-100, and they work fine...but then, I can't palm a regulation size basketball, so your mileage may vary.

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    The Ruger Super Redhawk uses grips with the same internal attachment system, so they are interchangeable with GP-100 grips. The Super Redhawk, being available in much more powerful calibers, has larger/cushioned grips available for it, such as these Hogue Tamer Monogrips, available from MidwayUSA:

    Hogue Tamer Monogrip Grips Ruger Super Redhawk, GP100 Rubber Black - MidwayUSA

    The wrap around the rear of the grip frame, and add a cushion to the area of the palm that gets hammered the hardest in recoil. You can look around your local area, and if any shops have a Ruger Super Redhawk on the shelf, ask to handle the weapon and "try it on for size" to see how the grips feel. The weight and balance won't be the same, but you should at least be able to get an idea of how well the grips fit your hand. The Super Redhawk Alaskan (3" barreled "snubbie" in big magnum calibers!) also has the same mounting system.

    Good luck!
    "Placement is power" -- seen in an article by Stephen A. Camp
    (RIP, Mr. Camp; you will be remembered, and missed)

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