While it is common for shooters to use the term “stocks” and “grips” interchangeably for the sake of clarity I will use the term “grip” for the shooter’s specific hand contact with the stocks and “stocks” for the material attached to the snub. I will maintain this description distinction even when the manufacture’s themselves do not as in the example of Barami Hip-Grips, Eagle Grips, Hogue Mono-grips, etc.
Self-defense snub stocks can generally divided into three types:
1. Those that work with all the common self-defense reloading tools
2. Those that work with some of the common self-defense reloading tools
3. Those that fulfill a specific shooting need but work with few if any self-defense reloading tools
We are of course only interested in stocks that work with all common self-defense reloading equipment. Regrettably this is not a goal shared by the majority of stock manufacturers. The core problem goes beyond the common mislabeling of various stocks as “combat” stocks. The problem is that the overwhelming majority of over-the-counter stocks are antithetical to practical self-defense. While stock manufacturers are interested in making sure their stocks fit specific revolver frames they make little or no effort to make sure that their stock are properly “scalloped” to accommodate commonly encountered speedloaders. The situation is not entirely surprising. The individual manufactures of revolver stocks, revolvers and speedloaders have no control over the design tolerance of the others’ products. This does not relieve the stock makers from the lion’s share of the blame. Stock designers seem to make a concerted effort to ignore the need to maximizing stock clearance for speed loaders. Stock makers are of course welcomed to continue to produce poor products in perpetuity. My concern is that the majority of the snub owners are unaware of the tiny number stock makers who actually produce a properly relieved stock. Now there may be additional stock manufacturers whose products do work well with all the commonly available speedloaders. My failing to note a particular stock maker’s products is likely due to my own lack of exposure to their product. But of the extensive number of stock makers I do know of there are only two that I would bet my survival on. Craig Spegel’s Boot Grips is one and Eagle Grips’ Secret service stocks is the other.