Hogue’s New Laser Grips for S&W Wheelguns

HOGUE LEG 01

Long known for making recoil absorbing handgun grips, especially for revolvers, Hogue has expanded its product offerings over the years. The diverse line now covers everything from rifle stocks to folding knives. Now the company has returned to its roots, but with a thoroughly modern twist.

Hogue officially announced the addition to its catalog of revolver grips with a built in aiming laser. Known officially as Laser Enhanced Grips, or LE Grips, these units mate a red laser with the company’s classic Monogrip.

HOGUE LEG

The LE Grips design was first introduced a year ago for the 1911 style of handgun. According to the grip designer, Jim Bruhns, customer demand prompted the addition of the revolver fits.

Currently, Hogue is making the LE Grips for Smith & Wesson J, K and L frames. Grips will be available in black for all sizes. For the J-frame guns, the company also offers purple and pink. For the larger K- and L-frames, the company will also offer a dark earth color.

HOGUE LEG

The laser appears to be mounted on the right side of the gun, below the cylinder. According to the company, the laser has three different modes (steady, flashing and stealth) and four brightness levels. The laser is powered by a pair of CR-2032 batteries.

Black grips carry a MSRP of $189.99. The colored versions of the grips bump up the suggested retail price to $199.95.

Hogue has been in news recently because of its problems with Wells Fargo Bank.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • TechnoTriticale

    The key Crimson Trace patent appears to have expired just about a year ago.

    I would expect other laser sight players to also enter the market, and as the MSRPs above suggest, it’s now a new price game. It will be interesting to see how CT responds.

    CT being acquired by S&W is another factor that opens the market to new entrants.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Ruger uses a lot of crimson trace along with kimber. I predict hogue will be able to leverage existing relationships to take of their market share.

  • Dickie

    What model smith is that as the cover photo?

    • Giolli Joker

      It looks like a Pro Series version of a 686 Plus.

      Edit: it is a Model 986 – SKU: 178055. In 9Luger, not 357 as the 686, I noticed now the shorter cylinder.

      • Dickie

        Thnx. It looks alot like a GP100 Match Champion

  • DrewN

    It might just be me, but finding that @#$%$#@ red do is way harder than getting either a good sight picture or point shooting. Of course I’m old enough to have damn near wore out a Bearcat practicing shooting from the hip as a kid, that might have something to do with it.