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SW 41 grip question

Post by Laminarman on Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:09 am

I bought a very gently used 41 from a friend of mine for $800.  Vintage 1989 with 5" barrel.  I LOVE this gun, especially coming from a Buckmark.  I do shoot it better, but I'm finding the grip a bit large for my hand size.  I cannot get a comfortable, consistent grip.  My STI Trojan .45 is lighter and even with the standard grip I'm more consistent.  What I don't want to do it start buying and tossing grips for the 41 . Anyone have a recommendation on what grip or where to shop?  Can't describe it, but it seems like my right trigger finger on the provided groove is not quite right and the grip seems a bit "thick."  Any guidance is appreciated, I just don't want to waste money if most grips are the same size.  Only 1 guy I know shoots BE with the 41 and he has the same grips I have now so I haven't seen other grips.

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Re: SW 41 grip question

Post by LenV on Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:40 am

The Herrett National match grips are slimmer. They also give some heel support. They won't break the bank either.


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Re: SW 41 grip question

Post by jglenn21 on Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:04 am

also the Herrett training grips are a bit thinner and emulate a set of 1911 grips.. I've even cut down the area around my index finger to make it thinner



http://www.bullseyegear.com/bullseyepistol/home.php?cat=9

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Re: SW 41 grip question

Post by Allan Campbell on Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:19 am

I had the same problem. My hands are too small to comfortably use the factory grips and to reach the trigger well.

I tried both. I started with the Herrett Flat "Trainers" but the grip was still not comfortable. The front of the frame is exposed and most of the bulk of the grips is behind the actual frame. I still had difficulty getting my finger positioned on the trigger to pull straight back.

The CMM Adapter is less bulky and because it has part of it's "depth" in front of the frame and part behind, rather than all behind the frame, it moves your whole hand forward in relation to the gun, particularly the trigger. Think of it as not only changing the shape to that of a 1911, but adding a short trigger. For someone with small hands that's a big deal.  For larger hands, the Herrett Flat trainer grips may work as well. 

The CMM does not require much fitting. As I recall, it took 2 small swipes with a fine file to get a friction fit.

The frame where one of the screws attaches is thin and if you try to do more than snug it down, it could strip. The frame adapter is aluminum and the screw steel. First, it doesn't need to be more than snug. All it does is help keep the adapter aligned. Second, if you are concerned about it loosening, it is covered by the grips and can't back out. The grip tape also holds the halves together, and you can put a dab of Locktite on the screw if it makes you more comfortable. I did. And finally, if it does strip, CMM has a fix which is a 4-40 nut which is inlet into the grip panel and a slightly longer screw.

I have had my CMM for about 4 years and  bought another for my backup 41. I sold the Herretts for about 1/2 what I paid for them on this or another forum.

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Re: SW 41 grip question

Post by Jon Eulette on Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:30 am

I use the CMM grip on my Hammerli 208s. I love them but they are slick; hard to grip consistently. I checkered the front and backstrap 20lpi and they are perfect now. I have to refinish; have some black aluminum paint from Brownells.
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Re: SW 41 grip question

Post by LenV on Sun Jul 24, 2016 12:17 pm

The Herret "Automatic Target" grips will move your whole hand forward about 1/4" but have to be fitted to your hand or if you get lucky you might find a pair on Ebay that fits. They do show up once in awhile.
http://www.herrettstocks.com/tgtauto.htm

I had to wait about 3 months for this pair. Size giant never shows up on E-bay Smile


If I was a lefty I would jump on this set. Great price. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Smith-Wesson-Model-41-Herretts-Left-Hand-Walnut-Pistol-Grips-/122053794833?hash=item1c6af91c11:g:DIIAAOSwIgNXkT5e

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Re: SW 41 grip question

Post by Laminarman on Sun Jul 24, 2016 2:14 pm

Thank you very much!  I'll look into the CMM and Herrett's.

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Re: SW 41 grip question

Post by orpheoet on Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:37 pm

Mine came with Herret's that I thought were too large and never tried until a much better shooter suggested it. My scores went up with them immediately. For myself just because they didn't immediately feel comfortable didn't mean they weren't ergonomically better.

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Re: SW 41 grip question

Post by Axehandle on Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:00 pm

Found the Herrett trainers back in the early 80s.  Never shot better than 886 with them on the gun.  I still shoot them on my M41s.  The flat mainspring housing version is easy to find.  They have made an arched version in the past.

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Re: SW 41 grip question

Post by C.Perkins on Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:07 pm

+1 on the Herrett trainers for the M41.
Best grip I used when I was shooting one.
Oh, and 872 for me Smile

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Re: SW 41 grip question

Post by r_zerr on Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:12 pm

OldMaster66 wrote:The Herret "Automatic Target" grips will move your whole hand forward about 1/4" but have to be fitted to your hand or if you get lucky you might find a pair on Ebay that fits. They do show up once in awhile.
http://www.herrettstocks.com/tgtauto.htm

I had to wait about 3 months for this pair. Size giant never shows up on E-bay Smile


If I was a lefty I would jump on this set. Great price. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Smith-Wesson-Model-41-Herretts-Left-Hand-Walnut-Pistol-Grips-/122053794833?hash=item1c6af91c11:g:DIIAAOSwIgNXkT5e


Those grips are gone!  ( I bought them).

-Thanks,

-Ron

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Re: SW 41 grip question

Post by Tim:H11 on Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:17 pm

Herrett Nationals for me on my 41. Set em up tight against my hand, the gun doesn't have room to move much, and it just seems to set the gun up nicely in my hand. Got a set for a 1911 and it was way too much for me. Went to slab sides on my 45.

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