Unique Revolver Grips From Trausch Grips International


by Jeff Quinn

photography by Jeff Quinn

November 29th, 2007




We receive a lot of stuff here at Gunblast. Some good, some not so good.  When we started Gunblast about seven years ago, John Taffin told me, "Jeff, you are going to have more stuff coming in than you will know what to do with." Mr. Taffin was right. It keeps me busy just trying to figure out what some of it is supposed to do.

About three months ago, I received a box containing four sets of revolver grips from Trausch Grips International. I had previously heard of these on a couple of handgun forums, but had never seen nor handled any of them. Opening the box and looking at them, the sets for the Ruger SP101 and Speed Six revolvers looked pretty normal, but the shape of the two sets for K-Frame Smith &Wesson revolvers looked a bit oddly shaped to me. However, once I placed them on a couple of revolvers, my apprehension was abated, but I still wasn’t sure if I liked them or not. After shooting heavy loads in these revolvers for awhile, I am now a believer. They ain’t exactly pretty, but they work, and work well.

The appearance of the Trausch grips is different than what most Americans have become used to seeing. They look more like an Olympic target shooting grip, but behave like a good combat grip. The subtle design of the slight swells and dips in the grip really help to lock the revolver into a good position for shooting. In double action mode, I can cycle the action dry-firing much more steadily with the Trausch grips in place than I can with any other type that I have tried. The design of the grip also keeps the weapon from shifting during recoil. The area of the grip between the shooter’s thumb and forefinger, looking much like a beavertail on a 1911 auto pistol, really helps to cushion the recoil shooting magnum revolvers. The slight thumb rests also help in a good hold on the revolvers. The ambidextrous design feels as good in the left hand as it does in the right. The left side of the grips is cut to clear a speed loader. The grips are made from a synthetic rubber, and have a very slightly tacky feel, to help steady the grip in any weather condition. The grips are available in either a checkered finish, or on some models, a pebbled finish. Both feel really good in the hand. The screws are large, and can be turned with a coin, screwdriver, or cartridge rim.

The smaller grip that is made for the Ruger SP101 aids greatly in reducing the felt recoil of hot .357 Magnum loads in that dandy little revolver, without compromising concealability.  There is a noticeable difference in the feel and the controllability of the weapon, allowing for a faster rate of accurate fire and better practical accuracy using the Trausch grips.

The Trausch revolver grips are made to fit Smith & Wesson, Taurus, Manurhin, and Ruger revolvers, and there are several models that are made for auto pistols as well. Trausch grips have been popular in Europe for awhile, and are now available in the United States as well. They do not look as good as a nice set of highly figured walnut or Sambar stags, but the Trausch grips really impressed me while shooting these few revolvers. Trausch Grips International has offices in France and Tennessee, and distributors throughout Europe and the United States.

Check out the excellent Trausch grips online at  www.trausch.com.

They work, and are priced right.

Jeff Quinn

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Two S&W K-Frame revolvers (top & bottom) with a Ruger SP101 (center).





Trausch grips are available with a pebble-textured (top) or checkered surface (bottom).





Left side of grip is relieved for use of a speed loader.





Grips for the SP101 are compact but hand-filling.



Compared to the standard SP101 grip (right), the Trausch SP101 grip (left) is slightly larger and more ergonomic.



Grips have locator pins to perfectly align grip halves.



Grips feature ambidextrous thumb rests, and are equally comfortable to shoot with either hand.