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Old 05-09-2006, 10:11 PM
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Sandi decided on a used Rossi,Model 941, .38 special with 4" barrel and wood grips. According to her, it is "beautiful." She shot 50 rounds of Federal American Eagle 130 grn FMJ with good success at the range at silhouette. Her confidence level has risen greatly. This was also my fisrt time with that caliber and I found it fun to shoot and that it actually kicked less that my 9mm.Thank you all for your advice!
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Old 05-09-2006, 10:22 PM
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Very cool.
If she is happy and you both feel better about her safety then all is right with the world. Its a beautiful thing.
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Very cool.
If she is happy and you both feel better about her safety then all is right with the world. Its a beautiful thing.
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Old 05-10-2006, 06:12 AM
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Sounds like a happy ending. Sure does a lot for the shooters confidence when they have a gun they like....

Cannot find fault in a double-action revolver, myself.... do have to occasionally blow the lint out of the barrel of my titanium .357, but other than that, pretty much no maintainence...
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Old 05-11-2006, 11:06 AM
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Ok...now tie one hand behind your back and start with an empty gun, an empty magazine, and an unopened box of ammo. Get it loaded and read to go.

It's not reloading speed, its that one handed slide cycling or jam clearing isn't a great deal of fun....can be done one handed, but just like loading it and cylcing the slide, it's darned hard to do quickly OR safely.

If you try it one ahnded, will find it is very easy to have that muzzle pointed at things best left unshot.
That last sentence made me bray with laughter. I am the laughter donkey.

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Old 05-11-2006, 01:22 PM
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That last sentence made me bray with laughter. I am the laughter donkey.

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Had a friend who liked to carry his .45 in his truck, mag. loaded, safety off, chamber empty. He put one of those fake muzzle brakes/barrel bushing things on the gun...didn't work as a brake, but it let him jab the brake/muzzle on the dashboard of his truck...which was long enough to cycle the slide.


Truck got old...dashboard got brittle...stuck the gun in the dashboard up to the trigger guard.
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Comprehensive part of his insurance policy should cover a replacement dash I would think?
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Old 05-15-2006, 09:28 AM
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DAN-K..........I am going to stick my nose in on this thread because I have the answer to the problem you presented, with the woman who is disabled on her left side.

First off FORGETABOUT THE "SEMI-AUTO'S"....NO DICE!!!

The working of the slide to put the round in the chamber is to cumbersome and difficult for someone like this woman. My wife can NOT operate my 45's and she has two good hands.

Mr. Bill Jordan said years ago "If your going to bet your life, bet it on a "Wheel Gun"

I will tell you to go look at the Smith & Wesson stainless model "640-1".357 magnum with 2 inch barrel. This pistol has NO exposed hammer or front sight to hang up in a pocket or purse. It can be loaded without a problem and very quickly with one hand. It is made to fit a woman's hand to start with understand. My daughter has one as well and likes it a lot for it's lightweight, ease of carry and it's accuracy.

My wife uses the .38 + P ammo in her pistol and she handles it very accurately shooting at 30 feet. This combination is all one needs to ward off any attacker.

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Old 05-24-2006, 07:28 PM
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Ok, I might be a new shooter but i am at least a woman with average size hands and my wrists are toast!! (carpal tunnel) a J frame is good & small so her hand doesn't have to span far to push on the release and open the action, etc. i just did it with my right hand on my 642. while i couldn't use my speedloader, if she practises, she will get faster at loading the cartridges and with practise, hopefully she wouldn't need more than 5-6 shots in a defese situation.

you said she was strong and a heavier gun would mean she would feel less recoil so like a ruger sp 101 or the gp 101. i just went and did it with the gp 101- no problem and to be honest, i love that revolver and the additional weight of the GP shouldn't be a problem for her. I find it much more comfortable than the 642. i would do .38 sp in it instead of .357 but she can load it for .357 for defense and shoot .38sp for practise. the 642 is .38sp as well. since she doesn't llike recoil i really wouldn't do the alloy revolvers and they are noisier to me so that might add to the recoild flinching.

However, while i was loading the gp101, i was a bit nervous. while she is wrestling it around in her lap trying to load it i would just worry about her wedging it against her wheelchair and accidentally cocking it? i know it sounds like a stretch but... the way i was moving it around to load, it just made me nervous. i know how bad my luck is and i know how light the single action is on this revolver and i don't think it would take much. particularly when she is new and might close the action on it and be trying to westle it open or something. you might want to consider an enclosed hammer, which would mean more strength to pull the trigger all the way back but she is strong in her good arm.

here's the other thing that i do and i know you guys are probly gonna blast me on this. since she can't start with a smaller caliber and work her way up like you guys probly did getting gradually used to the feel of a larger caliber and she is "recoil sensitive" but has to start with a minum .32 it might not be a bad idea. I bought dr.scholl's heel inserts. they are a polymer gel foot cusion that you put in your shoes for people whose feet hurt. they are the perfect size and only a few bucks. then i went to the glove section at sportsman's warehouse and bought some different types of gloves. some are very nice and cushioned and warm for winter and some light, fingerless for summer. the most expensive and luxurious was $15.00? my needs are obviously different than hers. i looked at the shooting gloves and they weren't enough for me. also , i looked online but they didn't seem to really be what i needed. she should use a cut off finger glove so she has tactile skills to load the cartridge. i then wrap the insert across my palm and over the web and pull the glove on. they are not thick but they absorb pretty much all the recoil. i wore them with gloves to qualify for my ccw. i typically shoot 100 rounds through my alloy and i can still hold a dinner fork that night. my point is, she will not feel the recoil then as she gets used to it she can take the gel pads out and just wear gloves or she can use her bare hand. sounds wierd but if she realizes it is not bad and "light" she will have an easier time adapting to it.
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Old 05-24-2006, 08:35 PM
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Rugers are the easiest to open, in my opinion. You push in on the cylinder latch... instead of forward, or backwards. Easy to do one-handed, as you can push in on the latch with your thumb, and since you have to push against the other side of the revolver, you can just put one or two fingers on the right side of the cylinder as you push on the latch with your thumb.

Works great for me; your results may vary. But you don't have to worry about jamming the muzzle against something to push the latch forward, per the Smith (and Taurus, etc.) design, for someone with weak hands.

I really don't know how anyone can open the cylinder on a Colt quickly, with having to pull the latch backwards.... I supposed it depends a great deal on what you are used to.

Neat tip on the glove. If carpal tunnel bothers you, keep the wrists wrapped up with some sort of elastic bandage.
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Old 05-29-2006, 03:39 PM
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Sandi is getting very proficient w/her Rossi 4", 38 spcl.She can load it,shoot it and unload the cylinder with her good right(dominant) hand.Her groups are good on the silhouette w/130 grain FMJ ammo.The recoil is mild and her very strong right hand and wrist gives her stability.She has also began to shoot my 357(8"bbl),9mm,40 s/w and 45 acp.,all with respectable results. You people have created a monster!!!Just kidding.Thanks again for all your advice.
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