The easiest, most cost efficient way to add a “custom” look and feel to your Ruger or other quality single action revolver is to put new grips on it – whether the gun be new or old. Factory Ruger grips come from an aftermarket supplier, and while some look very good, others are not so good. In my quest to find the perfect grips for my new Ruger Super Blackhawk, I turned to Badger Custom Grips. Badger offers several styles, from factory-like to models with checkering and some with finger grips – and in Walnut, Rosewood, or an attractive Black and Silver laminate.
I chose the Rosewood grips, and I think they are very attractive. Not as dark as the factory grips on my gun, the grain pattern shows up much better, and color overall is nicer.
One feature I especially like about the Badger grips is that there is no screw hole showing on the left side. Instead, there is a small threaded plate fitted into the back side of the grip to catch the screw. This gives them the custom look of a one-piece grip. Also, the Ruger emblems are missing. Brand loyalty is great, but the grips without the emblems further the custom look, and will not hurt your palm with strong loads as the original grips might. The finish is smooth and high gloss, but does not slip in the palm any more than the factory grips might – just enough to let the gun “rotate” up in your hand after firing, which reduces the effect of recoil somewhat.
The over all fit of these grip panels was excellent, and in my opinion they are a very good value for the price. Badger is willing to help you find just the right grips, and they certainly were patient and helpful with me.
To look at other Badger offerings, or order a set for yourself, call Dave at 864/608-0032, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website: badgercustongrips.com.
Be sure and tell him I sent you.