The GP141 (Model 1705) was originally purchased with a HOGUE MONOGRIP installed, and while an excellent grip, it was soon replaced with a HOGUE Exotic Wood grip in Rosewood. The Rosewood grips really added to the lines of the GP141, but did nothing to add recoil control. The exotic wood grips are not checkered in any fashion (a cost cutting decision on my part), and when firing full-load .357 magnum ammunition did nothing to lesson the felt recoil. I was biding my time in locating a better grip. Recently, I came across the HOGUE Recoil Absorbing Rubber MONOGRIP. By description from Amazon, the grip is marketed as, “Hogue Ruger GP100/Super Redhawk Rubber Tamer Grip.”The ‘Tamer’ grip differs from the standard HOGUE grip in that it utilizes a gel-filled insert in the back strap of the grip. The insert is placed at the top portion of the grip, which provides additional cushion against the effects of recoil that impacts the web of the shooting hand during muzzle flip. Installing the HOGUE Recoil Absorbing Rubber MONOGRIP (TAMER) on the Ruger GP141 is a simple process.
- Safety first – Unload the firearm!
- Remove the grip screw.
- Remove the grip from the grip frame.
- Remove the grip stirrup assembly from the grip frame.
- Install the new grip stirrup assembly onto the grip frame.
- Insert the grip frame into the grip until seated.
- Install and tighten the grip screw.
The look and feel of the HOGUE Recoil Absorbing Rubber MONOGRIP (TAMER) is no different than the standard HOGUE MONOGRIP. The HOGUE Recoil Absorbing Rubber MONOGRIP (TAMER) has the familiar stippled texture, palm swell, and speed-loader indention. The difference in the two grips is internal. The standard HOGUE MONOGRIP uses a hard plastic insert, and although it is an excellent grip, the Recoil Absorbing Rubber MONOGRIP (TAMER) is the better product.
No matter the appearance of gun grips, the true test is in the performance. Since I have fired the GP141 with original grips and exotic wood grips, I was looking forward to less felt recoil with the Hogue Recoil Absorbing Rubber MONOGRIP (TAMER) grips – and I was not disappointed. The grips were very comfortable and helped reduce the recoil even more so than with the original HOGUE MONOGRIP. My Ruger Redhawk could use some serious recoil reduction like these grips provide. Priced slightly higher than the regular HOGUE MONOGRIP, the Hogue Recoil Absorbing Rubber MONOGRIP (TAMER) grips are worth the extra few dollars.Note that if you have issues with the Hogue Monogrip on the GP100, in respect to trigger reach, do not expect any improvement with the HOGUE Recoil Absorbing Rubber MONOGRIP (TAMER) grip. This grip fills my hand fully without a shooting glove; with a shooting glove it is almost too large to grip. The Ruger GP141 is a heavy revolver and the thick grip helps balance the gun in the hand. Some might have a problem with the spacing of the finger grooves, as they are well-indented and widely spaced.
Also note, if you are a SP101 owner (which could benefit from a grip such as this), the TAMER grip is not available. This grip is only for the GP100/Super Redhawk in the Ruger line-up. Moreover, the TAMER grip is also available as a pistol grip for Mossberg and other shotguns.
The Hogue Recoil Absorbing Rubber MONOGRIP (TAMER) for the GP100/Super Redhawk is available through The Hogue Store, Amazon.com, Midway and other fine retailers.