I own the 5.5" version of the Redhawk .44 magnum. It came with the hard plastic grips originally. After shooting Hogue Monogrips on the hard-kicking S&W 500 and 460, I decided to get the grip for the Redhawk. It was simple to install, fit properly and vastly improves the handling of the gun. Even after shooting for a while on an indoor range my hands were not slipping. Please note: the Hogue grip, as does the factory grip, leaves the "tang" of the gun's metal handle exposed so that it contacts your grip hand. I realize that it would add some thickness to the grip, but I was a little disappointed that the Hogue grip did not put some rubber over this (improving on, in my mind, the factory grip even more) and further cushioning recoil. I like the curves of the fingers slots and find that they work just as well when I'm wearing mid-weight winter gloves (as the Ruger is a great carry pistol when deer hunting). This grip and the Galco Outdoorsman Galco Dual Action Outdoorsman Holster for Ruger Redhawk 5 1/2-Inch (Tan, Right-hand) holster have made the Redhawk my hunting season companion.