Tyler Grip Adapter

posted on November 19, 2013
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For many years, one of the staples of the handgunning scene was the Tyler “T” Grip adapter. Actually, it was what you would have to call the “revolver-ing” scene, because these little devices were made for a variety of different wheelguns. There was no comparable need for a like product on automatic pistols, but it served a considerable need on the revolver. Along with a similar product from Pachmayr, the grip adapter increased the contact surface on the gun when properly installed. Essentially, it is a crescent of cast aluminum that installs between the butt and trigger guard. Held in place by a light clip that is covered when the grip panels are secured in place, the Tyler unit considerably improved the handling of the gun, even working a useful finger groove shape into the design. The Tyler firm that made these devices was in business for many years, but slowed down a bit with the declining popularity of the revolver. After a time the grip adapter-properly called a “T-Grip”-became hard to find.

With a growing interest in the snubby revolver as a defensive handgun, demand for them has re-surfaced. It is a pleasure to report that the company’s website has been updated and now offers the original Tyler T-grips (and the company’s trigger shoes) in the original sizes. They’re now offered in polished aluminum, flat-black aluminum and polished-black aluminum. Additionally, there is a new bronze T-grip and it really looks cool. I have made an order and am looking forward to getting a speedy delivery.

It is good to see a resurgence of interest in such a simple and effective product from the golden age of the revolver. For a great many handgunners of days gone by, the Tyler product was the only modification/addition they ever needed. Often, you still see it on used wheelguns at a good gun show.


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