Originally Posted by Colby
Do any of you guys with arthritis have trouble racking slides - and possibly even pulling triggers?
I'm trying to figure out a way for an older person with that kind of condition to be able to shoot a self defense gun. The slide of a semi-auto jut isn't working - revolvers are OK but the trigger pull in double action is too much - at least for the guns I have found. I've been thinking there may be a softer pull hammer on some revolver that I don't know about - so maybe single action would work - with a soft hammer pull.
Anybody know of one? Or some other way to cope with this finger weakness?
I was having problems with stiffness in my fingers to the point of waking up with claws for hands, barely able to move my fingers. I listened to a sports medicine doctor talking about the benefits of "Shark Cartiledge" for repairing joint damage. You can buy the stuff at health food stores and some drug stores. I took these capsules as directed for maybe six weeks. It has been several years now, and I have had no futher problems. Apparently the stuff is readily absorbed into the system and helps the body rebuild damaged joints.
In order to keep my hands strong for shooting, I use a finger excercizer purchased from a sporting good store, keep it in my pocket and exercise with it often. My grip has become strong enough that I can put a grimace on the face of a twenty year old when they want to play "manly handshake." It surprises the hell out of them when a grey haired old man could take them to their knees with his grip.