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Handguns for people with arthritis?

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by edd666666, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. edd666666

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    I am older and have arthritis in my hands. It hurts to shoot the heavier calibers such as 45s, as the recoil drives the frame back into the space between my thumb and forefinger for one thing. Also I am losing some of the dexterity I need to operate smaller levers, etc. So I think it is time to hang up the 1911 and look for a lighter recoil, easier to operate pistol. I would even consider a 22 at this point as it would be better than nothing. Does anyone have any thoughts for shooters with arthritis?
    Thanks, Ed.
     
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  2. CDKJudoka

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    It depends on whether you are looking for steel or polymer. There are many options, even keeping with the 1911 platform if you wish. Personally, I would go to a 9mm 1911, or a 9mm Sig. Many of them shoot like a 22.
     
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  3. les snyder

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    you might look at a Beretta M86, .380 with a tip up barrel... now discontinued, they worked well for some folks I worked with that had problems in clearing a loaded 1911... they could work the slide to charge the 1911, but had difficulty removing the charged round... the tip up made it easy to clear the pistol
     
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    I would also say take a look at a 9mm 1911, it would keep the mechanics of a platform you are familiar with and reduced recoil.
     
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    One suggestion made in the past was a Beretta 86 w/ a tip up barrel. Easy to load / unload and no slide to rack.
     
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    What are you planning to do with this handgun other than just shoot it? Self defense, recreation, research, etc?
     
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    If your just looking for a range gun with little recoil I don't think you will get less recoil than a 1911 chambered in 22lr. Obviously not ideal for self defense but very fun at the range.
     
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    FN Five-seveN is supposed to be soft shooting, or a Kel-Tek PMR30.
     
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    Why dont you get a conversion kit and turn your .45 1911 into a .22?
     
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    I've heard arguments for revolvers: there's no spring resistance to loading, cocking can be done with the heel of the off hand, and there's more flexibility in the size of the grip (no gripping/racking a slide). A full sized double-action like the Ruger GP100 loaded with .38 wadcutters wouldn't recoil too badly, and then if you do have a defensive need, it can be loaded with full power .357 loads. If all you want to do is plink, I might look at a Smith and Wessson model 60 or Ruger Single 7 in .327 federal. You can lighten recoil by shooting .32 H and R mag or even .32 S and W long out of it, and while ammo is more expensive than .22, it doesn't have the supply issues of .22 LR, and the brass is reloadable.
     
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    Is the gun for self defense of plinking/recreation? A semi-auto is going to soak up some of the recoil, and a revolver is going to allow you to skip racking a slide if that is difficult. I know you mentioned pain from recoil in between the thumb and index finger, maybe a 9mm conversion for your 1911, all that steel launching a 9mm may do the trick; I bet they shoot soft.

    Of course the FN Five-Seven, or a Rock Island Armory 1911 in .22TCM may be an excellent choice since you are already used to 1911's. I have a buddy on another forum who's wife carried a Rock in .22TCM, they both say it's an excellent weapon.
     
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  12. Buckeye Jake

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    Get a 938. Then buy the 22 conversion kit for it. That way you still could shoot the 22 for fun and load the the 9 for self defense

    Jake
     
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    Self defense, it would be an everyday carry pistol. thanks, Ed
     
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    I am not familiar with a 938, can you please tell me what model/make that is? Thanks, Ed.
     
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    Ed,
    Try a reduced-velocity .45 cartridge. I have mild arthritis on my shooting hand as well. I don't do the pain meds but I continue to strengthen the hand with regular exercise with a Captains of Crush handgrip.
     
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    Sorry my friend ! Its a Sig single action patterned off the old colt mustangs. They first bought it out in 380 . Then they made it in 9 mm , slightly larger. Last year they made it in 22lr. And they sell a kit to convert it to 22lr . I shot one in 9 mm , not bad at all.

    Jake
     
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    The p938 is a nice little gun and manageable....but it's just plain harder to shoot than a full size 1911 in .45acp.

    I like the five-seven idea. Its expensive and weird, and I have no idea how well those rounds actually work for self defense....but it's insanely easy to shoot once you get used to it, as long as you can deal with or fix the crap trigger. The safety is also pretty cool...though it depends on exactly how your arthritis works whether it'll be better for you or not.
     
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    Walther PK380, so easy to shoot, manipulate, and rack. Give one a try.
     
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    Look into ammo choices as well, if you haven't already. For instance, one of Hornady's main lines, critical defense, is designed to be low recoil with the powder they use.
     
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    My mother in law was looking for a self defense gun last summer and has some arthritis. She loved shooting my Ruger SR9c but had a hell of a time with the slide, no grip in her hand. From a recoil perspective though she shot it all day long. Going for the full size SR9 would be even lighter on the recoil.

    My wife carries the Sig P938 and that thing is jumpy as hell compared to the Ruger, great size for carry but I don't even like shooting it a most of the time.

    My MIL ended up with a Ruger SP101 w/3" barrel, does not carry but keeps it in the house. While looking at options for her I shot the Kel-Tec PMR30 and that is an interesting piece, recoil? What recoil, nothing there. Granted it's a .22 but it's a .22 magnum and has a 30 round magazine. Even loaded with 30 rounds you barely feel it in your hand. Full size frame though so might be on the large side for EDC. Interesting piece, I think my MIL would still have an issue racking it though so we went for the revolver. I did mention to her it's not like you need to constantly be racking the slide, especially with a 30rd mag but she liked the revolver idea better...