1 year, 11 months ago julesatlantaParticipant
As a disabled person, I was wondering if there are any other women in the community who are having to adjust equipment or shooting style for a physical limitation? Becoming a proficient marksmen can be tasking but I’ve learned I have to adapt my equipment to my disability which makes that a bit more challenging. Are there any weapons designers that make accessories for the disabled? Are there in experts/trainers with experience in gun alterations to help disabled shooters? I’d love to see a group to discuss different ways to overcome our issues and experts to give us advise!
1 year, 11 months ago tweetyb71Participant
my name is Wanda i live Detroit I am a new member of the USCCA i just found out in October 2016 that i have MS, i just started an all female shooting group an this is one of my concerns as well because sometimes my hands and arms are so numb and tingling its very hard to shoot. Im also a firearms instructor as well so Im going to do some research and see what i come up with…. its nice to know someone else has the same concerns.
1 year, 10 months ago midnightmomParticipant
It’s hard to have discussions without a little more info about the disability you have.
I am 64, overweight, arthritic, and not very steady on my feet. This makes it difficult to carry anywhere on my body cause any extra “bulges” are immediately apparent! It also makes it difficult to place a weapon anywhere considered “easy” to draw from. I have recently acquired a “pouch” that I can carry openly around my waist that conceals my firearm.
The arthritis makes the choice of weapon/caliber a difficult one too. I need a larger gun (because of my hand size), but one that is not too heavy, that doesn’t have a bad kickback that will bruise my hands, and that has an “easy” slide to rack. I settled on a Sig Sauer “Mosquito.” (.22 cal)
So, what disabilities are YOU dealing with??? 😀
1 year, 10 months ago julesatlantaParticipant
<span style=”font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;”>I’mdI’mdealing with a host of issues but the main ones are caused by an auto accident. I was rearended by a drunk driver going 57 mph. I was 23 at the time. I’m 55 now and have been fighting my body all this time. 2007 my body, nerve damage and pain ended my ability to work. According to docs I should in a wheelchair but I never let them determine my limitations, within reason of course. I have had pain for years but recently got rearended AGAIN this time by a semi. They just can’t kill me. Since then my hands don’t always work correctly but I can’t get out on those days. I still love to shoot but I use a subcompact 45. Fits my hands perfectly. No recoil but heavy</span>
1 year, 10 months ago midnightmomParticipant
Do you have issues with concealment? Or perhaps drawing (due to hands) and sighting?
I think if I had issues with unreliable non-functioning hands I would make sure that my weapon was loaded and carried with one in the chamber. I wouldn’t want to have to worry about whether or not my hands would “work” (to rack the slide) when/if I needed to draw and use my weapon. I would also be sure that the firearm was “single-pull” after the first shot…also because of the hands.
1 year, 2 months ago LauraMCParticipant
Hi Jules. We’re practically neighbors. I too am disabled with severe back and neck issues so I don’t straight up. I have had to massively compensate for the lean. Sometimes it’s not that comfortable and I have to rest before firing again. If I’m ever in the flight or fight scenario I’m going to have to fight because I’m too broken to run so I make sure I’m a decent shot.
Hi to midnight mom and tweetb71. Sorry you both suffer from chronic illness and pain as well. Jules, I don’t know of a manufacturer that manufactures anything to help those of us that a design like that might benefit from but it’s certainly something I will look into if you want. I use a belly wrap to carry mine. Just having my gun on my hip some days was too much. This works well enough for me for both comfort and the ability to draw effectively and expeditiously.
I was lucky, when I did my initial firearms training, my NRA instructor helped me find a comfortable shooting stance where I was also effective. It’s a constant struggle to hold that position and I hurt a little more when I’m done but the peace of mind I have is worth it. I’ll do some research and see what I can find out from manufacturers and see if there are any learning resources out there for us disabled folk.
By the way. I carry a 9mm and I always have one in the chamber. I want to make sure him/her goes down with the first pull.
10 months, 1 week ago JheinzernParticipant
Hello. I was just declared permanently disabled and medically retired by my Orthopedic Surgeon who was trying to do it for 2 years and I kept on ignoring his recommendation until my body fell apart. I am 48 and live in Southern California.
I have a S&W shield I am noticing is difficult to rack, but my 1902 .22 LR rifle, 12 gauge shot gun and AR 15 are a piece of cake. I don’t have my CCW yet. My scheduled hearing is February, 2020 in the county I live in but I have been doing the rest of the country by mail. Any tricks for racking my Shield. My issue is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which is severe laxity of all my joints a d a defect in the collagen in my body.
10 months, 1 week ago midnightmomParticipant
I don’t understand your particular medical condition, but there are a few things you can try to make racking the slide a little bit easier.
This is an accessory that you add to the slide to increase your grip: https://thewellarmedwoman.com/product/the-twaw-slide-spider/
Then there is the manner in which you rack the slide.
“The most important thing to remember is this… PUSH not PULL. The proper technique is to PUSH your dominant hand firmly, the hand gripping the gun forward while holding the rear of the slide NOT pulling the rear of the slide backwards.
If neither of these work for you (alone or in combination) a third alternative may be to purchase a new gun.
Hope this helps. 🙂
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