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Old 10-31-2009, 06:25 PM
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Some friends and I have had some discussions lately about how our arthritic hands are making pistol shooting harder and harder. Some of us have even had to stand down on the .40 and .45 autos because our hands just can't take the beating any more. My case is a little more aggravated than most because of some recent nerve damage on top of ol' Arthur. So I decided to see if I couldn't continue shooting pistols by locating a good pair of padded gloves.......and I did. We don't have much around here in the way of specialized shooting accessories, so I wound up looking in a Lowe's store.

In my local store I found a big glove display over by the gas grilles, and among them was a series of gloves with escalating degrees of padding in the palms and fingers. They started with "Mechanic" at around $20, "Padded" for $25, and "Impact" for $30. So I bought a pair of the "Impact" model and they're the best thirty bucks I've spent in a long time. Here's what they look like:


Realizing that a gloved trigger finger reduced the felt weight of the trigger pull to a dangerous extent, I cut the thumb and trigger finger portions of the "shootin' hand" glove off and it now looks like the following photo. You'll also note that they have a nice, wide wrist strap that secures with velcro.



Here's how they fit the gun when worn on your strong hand. The glove tends to provide good padding without affecting basic gun handling skills, like a thickly padded glove would do. After just a couple of shots, the gun really felt good in my hand and I didn't feel like I had a mattress wrapped around the grip frame.


I took them to the range today and I feel like I have a new lease on pistol shooting. Last week merely firing ten rounds of common 9mm hardball sent me howling. But today, with the glove on my shooting hand only, I fired 55 rounds of the same stuff and my hand feels just fine. So if you're having this kind of trouble, this is a darn good option to try, especially if you're considering downsizing and selling off your harder kicking pistols. If you're shooting the big revolver Magnum calibers, I don't know if they'll help you much because of the additional stress those guns put on your wrists, but they sure worked wonders today on my palm and finger joints with my 9mm Hi Power.

I'm aware that there are quite a number of gloves out there specifically made for shooting, and some of them are made especially for shooting pistols. Uncle Mike's makes them and Cabela's has a whole list of them in a wide variety of styles and materials. So why didn't I get a pair of those?

For the initial feasibility study, just to see if the idea was valid at all, I decided to stick with a locally available hardware store product that I could physically examine and try on before I bought it, not really thinking it would work this well for me. And it turned out that, in my case, this particular glove worked like gangbusters and I thought I'd pass on the information. But there are indeed a whole slew of specialized shooting gloves out there that I'm sure will work well also. I just wasn't in a good position to take advantage of them.

Best wishes.
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:01 PM
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Good idea and a nice report! You have probably been a blessing to some of us geezers today. Thanks.
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i always appreciate a man that can solve prolblems ,,kinda outa the box ,or norm..
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Old 11-01-2009, 03:37 AM
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I haven't progressed quite to the point where gloves are necessary for routine shooting, but I did the same thing with a pair of padded gloves for shooting hot loads in my .45 Colt Blackhawk. If I could find a Pachmayr or Hogue grip to fit it, I wouldn't even need it for that (yet).

The day is coming tho, that's for sure.
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Old 11-01-2009, 05:46 AM
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Yes guys, and being a geezer myself, I would advise younger men to be careful what they do in their youth, as it always comes back and bites you in the fanny in later years......and if I was 40 again, I would never fire a heavy recoiling gun like a .44 Magnum without some sort of impact protection against recoil. Once you wear something out, like wrist joints, there isn't much they can do with them. So the idea is not to wear them out before their time in the first place. If I could go back and do it over..............

Best wishes to all and I hope this makes shooting more enjoyable for you.

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Old 11-01-2009, 08:33 AM
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Good post. I've used a weightlifting glove when first messing around with 300gr. bullets in the .45 Colt. That was with a standard Blackhawk and they are pretty light with the aluminum grip frame.

Switched to the steel-framed Bisley and find it much easier to handle.
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Old 11-01-2009, 09:43 AM
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My wrist woulda ache for several days after shooting my S&W 45 so I sold it just last week. Shooting my 270 also isn't as much fun as it used to be so the 243 and 22-250 get a lot more use nowadays. I'll be 59 in a couple days and sure wish I had taken better care of the body in my younger years.
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Old 11-04-2009, 11:03 AM
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if you gonna live,,an enjoy life ..the bodies made to use.. none ofum last forever..
i think genetics plays such a big part ,,im for enjoying what time i got,,rather than trying not to wear the body out.. ..heck they even make spare parts forem now..
only the wealthy or those that know how to work the govt dole system can gettum though..good luck..
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:26 PM
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My hands are like small hams. The recoil never tore up my hands. When I was shooting a lot of 44 magnum, the recoil would batter my elbows. We'd go out and blast metal animals and shoot about 150-200 rounds. Out came the elbow braces with lots of pain for weeks!

I found that the Ruger Redhawk hurt less than the S&W 29. The single actions hurt less because of the natural roll of the pistol in recoil. For me, single actions just don't have the accuracy.

Never did find a cure other than to ease off on the 44 magnums. Any ideas?

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Old 11-10-2009, 07:19 AM
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Jaypee, thanks for the info. I have really bad arthritis in my hands and I have used the jell filled gloves for regular work but never thought about them for shooting my handguns. My hands are really sensitive to hard impact or jarring so this should really help. I will pick up a new pair at the hardware store today.
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Old 12-11-2009, 06:45 PM
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Yeah, the big boomers are only now and then!

I find myself training with 9mm, but carrying my 10mm! I figure it's all the same mechanics, but the boom and the kick are worse with the 10mm. However, if I am successful with the first shot in hitting the goblin with the first round of 10mm, follow-ups most likely will not be necessary!

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I wish I could use my arthritic thumb but I can't, thus the reason I had to stop trying to shoot my model 1911 Colts, Springfields and Kimbers. The only pistol I can really shoot well is a GLOCK, which is now my CCW pistol. This condition really sucks when the pain starts!
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:16 PM
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I wish I could use my arthritic thumb but I can't, thus the reason I had to stop trying to shoot my model 1911 Colts, Springfields and Kimbers. The only pistol I can really shoot well is a GLOCK, which is now my CCW pistol. This condition really sucks when the pain starts!

I know arthitis sucks but you're lucky that you canstill use a gun of somekind. I know people that have arthritis in the hands they can barely get any use out of their hands.
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Arthritis makes my hands not work to good but the arthritis pain from shooting is in my wrist not my hand. leather wrist band helps when I remember to put it on, Aleve helps when I do forget which is normal procedure for me. I use PAST shooting gloves with two of my guns but its because they are small and light for their power and it just isn't fun to shoot them without a little padding.
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Old 12-17-2009, 07:45 PM
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Old Grump, I got it in my wrist too, it's stiff with lots of pain. However, the thumb joint is more painful and I can not grip much at all and put pressure on the thumb. I would never be able to move or sweep the safety off on the 1911 and that bothers me a bunch. Thuse the reason I had to go to those ugly Poly Guns called Glocks. They get the job done but breaking a 40 year habit is tuff to do, when your picking up pistols.
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:31 PM
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I've had arth in wrists and thumbs for 30 years. Not sure how or why but I keep going only not as well, but I did give up shooting my Contender 45/70 and am afraid to shoot the .44mag barrel as well. I bought a 1911 45acp last year after our current President was elected like many others, for the idea of CCW. Although I went through the training I never applied. Last year I shot full charge Bluedot loads, but never again. I'm now using Bullseye only and not full loads, helps a lot.

I also have been shooting with gloves for quite some time. I use the knit gloves with plastic beads, are actually pretty good. I've also used various leathers but like Jerry said they can present some special problems with grip and feel. I think I will look at some of those gloves next time I'm in Lowes. Using good protection is always a good idea

Umm, I'm also wishing it were a 9 instead of a 45 but the 45 is a really kool round so I'll make it last as long as I can.
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Old 12-24-2009, 07:07 PM
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download for revolvers!

Guys,

If you are shooting a revolver - download it for practice! No reason to beat yourself up for practice! This is a reloading site fer crying out loud!

For you semi-auto guys - well you can cycle the action manually on the low power loads.. or better yet - get a revolver too! Or one of those kel-tec sub2000s that takes your semi- mags!

I can shoot all day with my arthur and my sub sonic loads - the driving back and forth to my range and setting up the shooting bench hurts more than the shootin' ! I love a few grains of unique under a 158 gr lead bullet in 38 or 357 brass.

Save the full power stuff for a few shots - to make sure you can still do it in emergencies.

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Guys,

If you are shooting a revolver - download it for practice! No reason to beat yourself up for practice! This is a reloading site fer crying out loud!

For you semi-auto guys - well you can cycle the action manually on the low power loads.. or better yet - get a revolver too! Or one of those kel-tec sub2000s that takes your semi- mags!

I can shoot all day with my arthur and my sub sonic loads - the driving back and forth to my range and setting up the shooting bench hurts more than the shootin' ! I love a few grains of unique under a 158 gr lead bullet in 38 or 357 brass.

Save the full power stuff for a few shots - to make sure you can still do it in emergencies.

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Kind of along these lines - if the Arthritis doesn't prevent you from being able to hold and fire a heavy revolver you might consider picking up one of the large frame revolvers that can chamber and fire multiple calibers. One example I read about is the S&W 460 X frame. It reportedly can fire 45 LC ammo with no more felt recoil than a .22.
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Old 12-25-2009, 09:27 AM
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There's a lot of good information here! I've been thinking about getting some shooting gloves, as I am having arthritis problems in my fingers.

I used to shoot pistol ambi, but now mostly shoot right handed as my left trigger finger joints have problems. I still need to shoot long guns lefty, so I conserve my finger for them My .40 XDm and .357 Python have become a (literal) pain to shoot. I may try the "Lowes" solution first until I find the right feel, then possibly buy some standard shooter's gloves.
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Old 12-25-2009, 08:20 PM
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I have very arthritic hands that have gotten worse in the last couple of years causing me a lot of problems shooting handguns. I started using a gripmaster hand exerciser and my grip has greatly improved. I am now much better able to enjoy shooting my handguns.
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