2 years, 6 months ago SuzyParticipant
I am Suzy. I live in Illinois and have my FOID and Concealed Carry card. Two and a half years ago I told my husband on the morning of our 45th wedding anniversary that I wanted to rent a pistol at our local sports store and see what it was like to shoot. I had so much fun. So much that I bought myself a Remington 45. It is too large to use as a concealed carry, so I bought a SW M&P Shield 9mm. I am having trouble with this one because I cannot rack the gun because of the arthritis in my hand. The one that I used at the store, I had no problems with and I never had a problem with the 45 even when brand new. Other than just going to the range and shooting round after round, is there a secret to breaking in a gun? I am looking forward to being a part of this community.
2 years, 6 months ago LadyhawkeParticipant
Am far from an expert at this, have had my concealed only a year and a half now, but as of the first of the year, decided it was high time I actually got serious about this. That being said, have been going to the gun range quite a bit with my Dad. Can totally identify with your problem, though I don’t have arthritis. One of the guns we were using for range practice I just couldn’t rack. He took the time to share a different way of grasping and in essence having your hands in essence cross over each other, where basically both hands shove in opposing direction – left shoves right while grasping, rt. pushes left at same time. While I fear I may not have a great way of explaining this, perhaps somebody could put up a youtube video in essence demonstrating? Aside from that, go to the gun range you are comfortable with and tell the guys working there (or women, if there are any preferably) what your problem is. If they are worth their salt they should be happy to demonstrate different grips and help you out. The only reason I mention women clerks is I think sometimes they have a better understanding of smaller hand size and strength that sometimes comes into play. But when all else fails – youtube is amazing. You can watch demo after demo til you get it, and nobody ever laughs at you. 😉
11 months, 2 weeks ago FlossyParticipant
I had trouble racking the slide on my shield also. I rented a Kimber Ultra Carry 11 two tone in 9mm and it works great for my worn out hands😁 Also, check out The Well Armed Women’s groups in your area. We have alot of fun helping women to correctly learn gun safey and improve our accuracy!
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