If there is any criticism of Spegel’s Boot Grips it is that they are rarely available for anything other than Colt and Smith & Wesson revolvers. That leaves the many Ruger, Taurus and Charter Arms shooters having to do without. Fortunately there are Eagle Grips’ Secret service stocks to the rescue. (It is reported that the U.S. Secret Service prefers that Eagle Grips use the lower case letter since they are not agency endorsed.)
The original Secret service style stocks were designed in the 1970’s by former Chicago policeman, licensed investigator and gunfight survivor Paul Huebl. Mr. Heubl’s gunfight was covered in the July-August 1990 issue of the American Handgunner. Mr. Heubl’s stocks were originally designed to maximum concealment and were eventually picked up and produced by Eagle Grips. Like Spegel Boot Grip stocks Secret service stocks fill in the space behind the revolver’s trigger guard while leaving the backstrap and butt exposed. This design gives the shooter an optimum grip on the weapon without compromising concealability.
Unlike the Spegel Boot Grips, Eagle Grips’ Secret service stocks have a deeper cutout for the third finger. They are also slightly wider around the palm swell for greater recoil distribution. Early model Secret service stocks had almost no scalloping to permit the use of speedloaders. Fortunately Eagle Grips recently improved the faux-scalloping on the left side of their Secret service stocks to more closely mimic Spegel’s Boot Grips. While still not as deep as the Spegel cut-out, Eagle Grips’ new deeper scalloping now permits a shooter with a Ruger, Taurus or Charter Arms reloading options with wider variety of speedloaders.
Secret service stocks are available for a variety of Colt, Smith and Wesson, Ruger, Taurus, and Charter Arms revolvers. Some Secret service stocks are also available in a choice of materials. J-frame owner have a choice of rosewood, ebony or Buffalo Horn. Rosewood and ebony Secret service stocks are also available in a choice of a smooth or a checkered surface.