Recently a new horse was added to the stable, an elderly police trade in S&W model 10 in .38 special. A slight bit of cleanup revealed a quite serviceable revolver, with all the traditional S&W quality showing in abundance. The first range trip made it clear the old beastie is a real shooter, willingly placing bullet after bullet into a very, very small groups.... surprisingly small groups.... given the fixed sights and undersized almost-an-afterthought grips.
The pistol having proven it's mettle, it seemed worth the cost to upgrade the grips with something a little more conducive to good shooting. It was a tossup between making my own, as I have before, or buying one of the new offerings from Hogue.
Perusing the intertubes to see what is available, the Hogue monogrip design combat grip in rosewood laminate looked just too stunning to pass up. (Fish around on the site a while... they have a dozen different types of wood available, in different designs).
Installation is literally a two screw affair, using a decent gunsmithing screwdriver preferably.
First, remove the old grips by taking out the one grip screw. I like to put the grip halves back together, reinsert the screw to keep them attached, and then store the original grips in the package the new ones can in. That lets me know exactly what they fit ten years down the road, when I stumble on them in a box of stuff....
Next, Install the stirrup mounting that Hogue includes with the new grip unit. This just snaps into place over the grip alignment pin at the base of the grip frame. It's pretty much fool-proof, and even Carteach managed to get it on without screwing it up.
The one piece grip is then slid carefully onto the pistol grip frame, with the stirrup sliding into the milled recesses in the grip. Once again, nearly fool-proof. Once lined up, the grip is a snug fit requiring a couple light thumps with the palm of the hand to seat it home. The design of the inletting guides the stirrup exactly where it needs to be for the final step, which is nothing more than installing the single screw that comes with the mounting hardware. Snug down this screw.... and you are done!
See? Take out one screw, pop off the old grips, snap on the stirrup, slide on the gorgous new finger groove combat grip, and install one screw.
Shucks.... even *I* can handle that!
The result is a very serious upgrade in ability to hold the pistol and shoot it well. The Hogue grip settles down into the hand as if the pistol just grew there, and it's more than a little difficult putting the pistol down after feeling it all fall into place.
Yes, I could have made own..... but it wouldn't be like this piece of work. Carteach gives it two thumbs up.