I'm in the process of having an S&W 629 re-done. I inherited it, so I have no money in it. I want to turn it into a carry gun, with a little style. First, I'm going to have the 6 inch barrel replaced with a 4 inch by S&W.
But I'm trying to figure out what to do with the grips, and I'd like to hear what some of The Gun Nation would do, if they were in my shoes. The 629 has a square butt frame. Since I will carry this hoss in an IWB, I need smaller grips than the massive Hogue rubber grips, which print too much for me.
One option I am considering is having the frame converted to a k-frame round butt configuration by Magnaport. I hear good things about their n-frame conversions. If I do that, I'll likely put Hogue rubber bantam grips on it for concealability and control. I have an S&W 65 with these grips and while they're not as pretty as wood, they sure feel good in the hand.
The other option I'm looking at is leaving the frame alone and getting some Spegel boot grips, like I have on an S&W 28 (picture is attached), but in a darker color. The Spegels feel almost as good as a round butt with bantam grips, but they also hit the hand a little harder with recoil. They extend just a tiny bit further off the bottom of the grip, so there is a very slightly greater chance of printing under a shirt, but not by much. They sure look better than black rubber on stainless steel.
I won't shoot many stomper loads with this. I'll be shooting mid-range loads mostly, either heavy 44 Special or light 44 magnum. Since I regularly carry a S&W 28 with Spegels, I am confident I can tote the weight and conceal it either way.
So, what would you do? The cost should be almost the same ($115 for Magnaport to round-butt the frame plus $20 for Hogue bantams; vs. probably around $100 or more for the Spegel grips). Thanks for your thoughts.