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vtfilamguy 07-19-2012 10:07 PM

Need to change calibers due to injury. 9mm or .380?
 
Hello everyone,
I would like to get your opinion on this. I suffered an injury to my right hand that limits my grip strength. I currently have a taurus pt 1911 and love it though it does not love me the recoil makes my hand ache for quite some time after a range session. I would like to find something a little softer shooting, not sure if i should go with a full size 9 mm or go .380? Thank you all in advance.

mountainman13 07-19-2012 10:13 PM

Do you really want to go from .45 to .380 ?
Maybe a 9mm conversion barrel is in order. You get to keep the gun you are familiar with it should be heavy enough to comfortably handle the 9mm recoil and when your condition improves you can go back to .45.

orangello 07-19-2012 10:18 PM

If not the ^^^ 9mm conversion, maybe you could limit most of your plinking to a .22 or a 6" .38 special with big squishy grips (like my Ruger GP100). You might even be able to find some mousefart loads in .38 special; a revolver round only needs enough OOMPH to make it out of the barrel, no action to cycle.

They also sell shooting gloves that have some padding and lil grip exercisers that might be of some help.

HOSSFLY 07-19-2012 10:24 PM

Will the injury heal?
If it were me i'd go to a 1911 in 9mm-
Conversions are fine but you can about buy a whole gun at the same cost with nothing to worry with swaping out :)

canebrake 07-19-2012 10:38 PM

It's been my experience that any .380 is going to have far more felt recoil than the FS 1911 in .45ACP.

I have a similar issue with arthritis in my strong side wrist. (Whoda thunk?) To make things really bad, I'm a recoil junky. When I'm jonesing for some push I'll drag out the M29 and do a few cylinders of .44 hot loads. Yep, I pay for the fix the next few days but as an old drag racer friend use to say, "Sometimes you just need to drive through the tire shake."

To make my life livable, I satisfy my need for shooting with two great stand-ins.

My GSG 1911-22, I can shoot all day with no side effects and it's cheap to feed!

OR, my Browning Hi Power in 9mm. The FS steel gun just sucks up the recoil and is a dream to shoot.

HOSSFLY 07-19-2012 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by canebrake (Post 875234)
It's been my experience that any .380 is going to have far more felt recoil than the FS 1911 in .45ACP.

I have a similar issue with arthritis in my strong side wrist. (Whoda thunk?) To make things really bad, I'm a recoil junky. When I'm jonesing for some push I'll drag out the M29 and do a few cylinders of .44 hot loads. Yep, I pay for the fix the next few days but as an old drag racer friend use to say, "Sometimes you just need to drive through the tire shake."

To make my life livable, I satisfy my need for shooting with two great stand-ins.

Quote:

My GSG 1911-22, I can shoot all day with no side effects and it's cheap to feed!

OR, my Browning Hi Power in 9mm. The FS steel gun just sucks up the recoil and is a dream to shoot.

Great point- I have a Citadel 1911-22 myself that i shoot WAY more than any other gun i have & it cost about (less than some) what a conversion does- Still shooting a 1911 too (sorta) :D

cj84 07-19-2012 10:49 PM

Depends on the gun I'd say my 380 has more recoil than my 45 just because its so small

cj84 07-19-2012 10:50 PM

Maybe a heavy 1911 in 9mm would be a better choice

KeysKelly 07-19-2012 10:50 PM

I don't think it is as much the caliber that will effect recoil and how hard it is on the hand. It is the gun. The .380 is weaker than the 9mm for sure but a Ruger LCP or Kel-Tec P3AT will kick a hell of a lot less than a 9mm 1911 or even an XD, M&P or FXX in 9mm. There are some exceptions but the pretty common rule is bigger, heavier guns kick less than smnaller lighter guns.

cj84 07-19-2012 10:55 PM

Just said that was trying to anyways


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