Installing a Hogue Monogrip on a Smith & Wesson K/L Frame Revolver

Installing a Hogue Monogrip on a Smith & Wesson K/L Frame Revolver

The Hogue monogrip is one of the most popular and affordable revolver grips in the world.  Whether your existing grips are worn out, poorly matched to your hand size, or you just plain want to try something different, it’s hard to beat the mono.

In this article we’ll be taking a look at how to install one on a Smith and Wesson K or L frame revolver, in this case one of my 686’s.  This is a very simple job that anyone can tackle, so let’s get to it.

Grip Style

The first thing you need to determine is what style of revolver you’ve got.  Shown in the video above are a 629 and 686; although they are the same frame style of gun, notice that the bottom of one is rounded, while the other is squared off.  The rounded frame shown above is called a round-bottom and requires a round-bottom grip.  Conversely the squared frame displayed in the same video is called a square-bottom, and similarly requires it’s own square-bottom grip.  It’s important to check your gun prior to purchasing the replacement as these two grips are not compatible with one-another.


As I’ve elected to install the grip on my 686, a square-bottom design, that’s the grip style I’ve purchased.  As you can see in the video, the contents of this kit include the grip itself, as well a mounting stirrup and screw.


The grip is made from a soft but durable rubber with a very nice molded pattern that helps the shooter maintain a good purchase on the revolver.  That’s key to successful revolver shooting, particular with powerful rounds like the .357 magnums used in this firearm.  Likewise, you’ll find this material is far more cushioned than the stock grips, which helps to reduce the felt-recoil, and make this a more enjoyable gun to shoot.


Installation is incredibly simple.  With the existing grips removed, the operator begins by placing the stirrup over the bottom strap of the handle, and positioning it over one end of the stock pin.  It’s a bit tricky at first, but the stirrup is made from a very resilient spring steel that allows for some degree of bending.  Once the first side of the pin is in place, the user can perform the same action with the other side until the stirrup is securely fastened.

Next the operator uses a slot screwdriver to remove the retention screw from the stirrup.

Taking a closer look at the inside of the grip in the video above, you’ll see a pair of channels on either side.  With the stirrup as vertical as possible, the operator lines the stock pin up with these channels, and slowly works the grip onto the revolver. Remember that the stirrup needs to fit inside the channels pointing downwards, so go slowly, and take your time to avoid damaging it.  As the grip eventually comes to a stop, the user will see some space between the gun and the grip.  No cause for alarm here, as that slack will be taken up when the mounting screw is attached.

Finally the operator flips the revolver over, and inserts the slot screw through the hole in the base of the grip and into the stirrup.  The user can now snug it up (being careful not to over-tighten).  If a visual cue is required, the user can determine that the grip is tight enough by confirming the remaining space between it and the firearm has closed.


And that’s all there is to installing a Hogue monogrip on a Smith & Wesson K or L frame revolver.  For the price of them, the monogrip is an excellent way to not only spruce up a revolver that’s seen better days, but also improve comfort and handling.

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