What You Need to Know About Wood Gun Grips

How do you choose between a polymer grip and a wood grip?

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Are you a person who prefers polymer grips over wood grips? What if you’re not sure which one you like the best? How do you choose between a polymer grip and a wood grip? There are many things to consider when deciding on the type of grip you want, but first be sure to check compatibility between your gun and grips.

After all, you do not want to fork over money for grips that won’t work with your gun. A lot of people choose their grip based solely on looks. In fact, it’s not uncommon for gun shoppers to be on the hunt for a new grip to use on a gun that is not intended for shooting. For instance, your great-grandfather’s gun that has been passed down to you. Or perhaps you have purchased a gun as an investment, and want to dress it up for display.

Some of the best known wood grip gun manufacturers are Hogue and Karl Nill. The selection of grips is wide and expansive, ensuring there is a grip for everyone’s preference in style, as well as their individual needs.

Laminated wood is a grip favored by many because it is more rigid than a solid wood stock or a typical polymer grip. Additionally, since the laminated grips are glued pieces of wood, there is no need to stress out about the wood swelling or cracking from weather conditions. Wood is more prone to get scratched and retain oils/residue in the grain, whereas polymer grips don’t scratch. So, with this being said, if you are going to hunt under changing weather conditions, polymer grips or laminated wood grips may be your best bet for long term durability.

Many people complain about how wood handgun grips can get slick and stain easily, but the look of the wood grip is a very appealing factor. This is where the polymer grips will stand up longer in regards to durability and use than some wood grips.

Finding the right hand fit is imperative, no matter what type of grip you buy. A polymer grip can be cheap or it can be downright sturdy and durable for the long run. Ensure you aren’t buying junk, and truly conduct research on the grips you are buying for your gun. A good polymer grip will deliver reliability, durability, and not crack or dent. They cut out the weight and offer fairly thin grips allowing for a better hand fit and grip.