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    What happened to Uncle Mikes Grips?

    had some on my model 49,but can't seem to find them on the net.

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    Sources, CraigSpegel.com....

    Check www.CraigSpegel.com or www.UnklemikesLE.com .

    Spegel designed the original boot grips(wood) for J frame S&W revolvers then sold the rights/designs to Unkle Mike's, Michaels of OR/Butler Creek.

    He may have the whole 411 on new boot grips.

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    that's http://www.unclemikesle.com. Not seeing grips there.

    I picked up a couple pair off ebay. They're nice.
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    Uncle Mike's and Spegel couldn't come to an agreement on licensing the designs so they had to stop production.

    Spegel didn't sell the designs, he just licensed them for a specific time.

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    S&W, Hogue...

    I think Smith & Wesson may have a few Unkle Mike's/Boot grips for the J frames.

    The Hogue Bantam weight J frame grips look good too, .
    www.getgrip.com

    I would think Craig Spegel or his shop could work out a new deal. Guy Hogue, a retired LAPD officer, has had a solid rep in the shooting sports/firearms industry. From what I know his sons now run Hogue Grips.
    It seems like Spegel Boot Grips & Hogue would be a "good fit"(pun intended, ).

    I bought a rubber tamer type Hogue grip for a Ruger GPNY(GP100) 4" barrel revolver in 2006 that worked great.
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    Rusty, link doesn't work for me.
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    Hogue grips...

    Try this site: www.getgrip.com .
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    I Can't Comment...

    ...on what the business deal was between Craig and Uncle Mike's but S&W still seems to be furnishing a couple of variants of the polymer Spegel grips, including the boot grip, on some of their J-frame revolvers. They will also sell the grips as parts. The ones from S&W have a sort of pebbling instead of the checkering on the Uncle Mike's grips.

    Note that the Uncle Mike's polymer boot grips were a bit slimmer than Craig's hand-carved wooden grips, to minimize the chance that a cover garment that slid up over them would not slide back down. I assume that this also applies to the ones available from S&W.

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    Nice posts. Keep posting such needed information. Thank's!

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    Uncle Mike's stopped making them.
    I've heard stories that it was in a dispute with the grip designer.
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    Maybe, Maybe Not

    Quote Originally Posted by Winstral35 View Post
    Uncle Mike's stopped making them.
    I've heard stories that it was in a dispute with the grip designer.
    Can you furnish any specifics?

    The designer was Craig Spegel. I suppose that it's possible that Uncle Mike's had poor legal advice and either failed to purchase the designs outright or negotiated a burdensome royalty agreement but I'd guess that a business of that size would have had more sense than that.

    I was told by a former employee of S&W and of Uncle Mike's that the boot grips were more challenging to manufacture than the oversize revolver grips as they required a second, harder layer of polymer to prevent the tackiness that could lead to printing under the cover garment.

    An "updated" version of the boot grip - with pebbling instead of checkering - is currently available directly from S&W.

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    Guy Hogue, a retired LAPD officer, has had a solid rep in the shooting sports/firearms industry. From what I know his sons now run Hogue Grips.
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