Barami Hip Grip: A Review

Small revolvers have been popular since their inception due to the combination of ease of carry, reliability, and chambered for full-size calibers.  Due to their somewhat diminutive size, they have, and continue to be, carried daily by police officers and citizens licensed to carry weapons.   

The Barami Hip Grip is a product that has been around a while to make carrying a small revolver even easier.  In a nutshell, the Barami Hip Grip is a replacement set of grips with an integral flange that is made to slip over the user’s waistband or belt from inside the pants.

Many people are hesitant to try such a product, preferring to secure weapons in a holster.  While certainly understandable, any material added inside the waistband means more bulk.  In my experience, security is not an issue with using the Hip Grip if used in conjunction with a tightly secured belt.  The snug belt applies pressure to the weapon holding it in place.  

When carried using the Hip Grip, the grip of the weapon lies just above the belt line.  That makes this carry system extremely concealable, but you won’t be doing any speed draws with it either.  I have found that a slow, deliberate draw is best when using the Hip Grip.  

I feel that Barami should update the Hip Grip and offer a new style with better designed grips, ala Craig Spegel’s Boot Grip.  Some Hip Grip users install a Tyler T-Grip along with the Hip Grip to fill in that space behind the trigger guard.  

All in all, the Barami Hip Grip is a decent carry system that needs an update.  It is ideal for people who like being able to just place the revolver in their waistband before leaving the house. 


4 Comments on "Barami Hip Grip: A Review"

  1. Jack Abravanel on Sun, 6th Dec 2009 11:30 pm 

    Love the hip grip!! I have searched a long time for a way to conceal my Taurus 357 snub comfortably and stumbled on the Barami hip grip about 5 or 6 years ago and still carry with it. Mr. Barami is a pleasure to deal with and has great customer service!!

    Thanks for a great product!
    Jack Abravanel
    P.S. Do you think you will ever come out with some grips for the 9MM semi autos?

  2. admin on Tue, 8th Dec 2009 8:36 pm 

    Thanks for the comment. Your best bet would be to contact Barami and ask them if they have any plans to release grips for different pistols. I would imagine that if they planned to offer the Barami Hip Grip for autos they would have already done it.

  3. Keiller on Wed, 11th May 2011 8:51 am 

    I bought the Hip-Grip recently, and didn’t like it on the S&W J frame. It throws the trigger finger out too far away from the gun. Also, it is just slick plastic instead of the nice rubber grips that come on the J frame.

  4. admin on Sat, 21st May 2011 8:38 am 

    Thanks for the comment. There are some things you can try with the Hip Grip. First of all, I recommend that it be used with the Tyler T-Grip. It fills the space nicely. Secondly, some people wrap the Hip Grip and Tyler T-grip with bicycle innertube for a rubbery feel. If you have a wood burning kit, you can texture the plastic as it melts easily. It is done the same way that Glocks or S&W M&Ps are texturized.

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