Recommendation for a one handed shooter.

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by PositronDave, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. PositronDave

    PositronDave New Member

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    Hello everyone. My wife has been getting into target shooting recently, and she asked me about getting a CCW permit this morning. I have one, and would like her to get one as well.

    She has a disability which limits her to using one hand, she can shoot my semi-auto just fine, good grip and stance, handles the recoil fine, and is a good shot, but using only one hand she can't load a magazine or rack the slide of a pistol, so I was thinking the best bet would be a revolver, seems easier to re-load one handed. I also want to get her into a training class, which I can do at my local range.

    She wouldn't want anything bigger than a 9mm, (this would be for concealed carry, not target or plinking), any suggestions?
     
  2. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    Concealed carry, point and shoot, one handed shouts Ruger LCR, Smith and Wesson M+P or something of that variety. Get it chambered in .357 which gives you the option of .38's or .357.
     

  3. Misfire

    Misfire New Member

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    I wouldn't put much thought on the reloading issue. At least from a concealed carry standpoint. I know a lot of people like to carry spare ammo so that they can reload on the fly, but I've always considered that to be rather pointless. I carry my Kahr CM9 with 6+1 loaded. I figure if I ever get in a situation I can't resolve with 7 rounds of 9mm, I'm probably done for anyway. The main thing is to make sure she has a gun that she can draw and shoot comfortably, and that she is confident with. Making sure that she is proficient with it and can put those shots where they will get the job done is more important than being able to reload. Just my opinion.
     
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  4. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    It is possible, with practice, to insert a mag & rack the slide of a semi auto just using one hand. How easy this will be when under stress is a good question. Seems the same problem could apply in the case of a revolver. A lot has to do with the resourcefulness of the individual. Once saw a video of a guy with no arms shooting & reloading a semi auto with his feet!

    One idea is that a second firearm may be easier to draw than reloading the primary or in the case of a malfunction of the primary.
     
  5. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If the pistol is carried with a round in the chamber/condition 1, the slide is already racked. The slide will lock open on the last shot. All that is necessary is to load the new mag and thumb the slide release/lock. Tuck the pistol under the opposite arm or between the knees to load the new mag and release the slide when it is downrange. Make sure to get a pistol that the slide locks open on the last shot. It will take some practice and wont be quick so I would suggest a 10+1 capacity pistol.
     
  6. canebrake

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    + 1 Barbarino, Elsie Ahrrrr for the win!

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    Best DAO trigger I have shot!
     
  7. sweeper22

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    Sounds like you want a 357mag/38sp revolver...with her shooting/carrying primarily 38sp. When it comes to size, ballistics, and recoil, 38sp is almost identical to 9mm. Ammunition is abundant and extremely versatile.

    The other option is a 327mag. It's a good defensive round and will add a round or two to a revolver's capacity. The downside it that you may have to order your defense ammo online (if that's a downside).

    Pretty much anything from S&W or Ruger will perform admirably.
     
  8. 4tsmith

    4tsmith New Member

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    To make suggestions it is important to first understand the problem.For example is the disabled limb partially functional,weak or missing.All those simple factors affect the choice or range of handguns available.I've helped about two dozen people overcome in some cases very severe disabilities to learn or return to handgun shooting.Ask anyone who has simply been left handed all their life how easy it is to find the perfect handgun,some are about to leave the mortal coil and they're still looking.Example:Say you are right handed with a partially ambulatory left limb-you can manipulate almost any hammer fired semi-auto with a prominent rear sight.A left handed shooter will however need a true ambidextrous gun and almost certainly one with second strike capability.A revolver?;for most NO.At best ejecting and reloading is a practiced two handed dance,now try an injured one hand drill,now with the off hand,now try it during a gun fight.To solve the problems you must first ask the right questions.
     
  9. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    I'm going to have to shoot one of these. Took me 20 years to buy my first plastic pistol and I guess I'm just not ready to accept a plastic revolver. Love my Ruger SP 101 thought.

    Tack
     
  10. 4tsmith

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    (continued)-Example:A right hand dominate single mother who lost her husband and half her right arm in a car wreck.Solution:She finally settled on a Bersa Thunder for carry and a Bersa 22 for practice.With the hammer cocked the slide racking forces are minimal,the slide release and mag release can be manipulated with the index finger and a minor grip shift allows use of the decocker/safety.I found her a Ruger p-95 for a home defense gun because of its soft recoil and brilliant ambi. controls.She has since found a commander sized Taurus PT-908 for her new carry gun and I've designed a clamp on shell holder style bracket to help her and her daughter load mags.(actually three different brackets)Since this problem was solved she has so much new found confidence she has a new and much better job,a CCWP,her first ever driver license and volunteers at two veterans groups to you guessed it,help THEM overcome their disabilities.All this because an elderly African American gentleman in a Cabellas store almost sold his Bersa because he could no longer rack the slide because of arthritis in his hands,a problem that took three seconds to fix.(cock the hammer first)
    He was so grateful he was almost in tears and got to keep his beloved pistol.
    I'm no gun shop commando,but while helping my lady to select her first handgun I was asked and answered questions by this black gentleman and five others who all found and purchased a handgun.All it took was asking and answering the right questions and covering the basics.The clerks wisely stood back and let it role and no I did not accept the job I was offered by the manager,but did accept the discount and free mags we were offered on the P95 my lady finally settled on....I gave these people an E-mail address and so far it has resulted in 22's for practice for all but one,two ccwp's,and several other handguns for home or carry.If I was a dealer I'd be phat-to-the-max,instead I just sleep well at night.
     
  11. levelcross

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    I agree with the LCR in .357 as it gives you a little flexibility in ammo. My aunt went with one because she didn't have the strength in her hand to rack the slide on anything she picked up, but she shoots the LCR well.

    A 9mm can be reloaded in the holster one handed with a ton of practice. Then all you will need is a handle mounted to the slide to chamber a round or release the slide or use the rear sights.
     
  12. PositronDave

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    It's a little difficult to describe, but, imagine having no independent control in your left hand, AND, whatever your right hand does, the left will, loosely, mimic, but you can NOT control your left hand independently, just imagine your left hand dead. That's why she favors revolvers rather than semi-auto's, try loading a 17 round magazine with one hand (I'll admit, can probably be done, slowly and probably painfully without the aid of a speed loader), or racking the slide of my SR9C in a stressful situation. She wants to be able to pick up and fire, dis-assemble and clean, and the ability to re-load without any assistance from anyone. I think she'll like the Ruger LCR .357, next time we're out at the range I'll have her rent one.
     
  13. BikerRN

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    While one handed manipulation of an autoloader is slower than two hands it is not only possible but is a taught technique for "Officer Down" drills. You may be down but you're not out until you're dead.

    I demonstrated one of these techniques by unloading a handgun, all 16 rounds out the Ejection Port, racking the slide with one hand. I then loaded the same gun and worked the slide, again one handed, from a slide fully forward position to load it for daily carry.

    Your wife doesn't have to "settle" for a resolver if that's not what she wants. She just needs proper instruction on how to overcome and adapt the gun to her situation. As for loading magazines with loose bullets, that's what she has you for. :) Feel free to PM if you want more info.
     
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  14. 4tsmith

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    Please let me make a suggestion from clear out in left field.
    Before you go any farther,Google a site called Cornered Cat.(sorry I haven't learned to post links) This site is by women,for women and about women and firearms.
    The gals on this site are very sharp,and when they discover your wife's desire to defend herself in spite of her limitations,they will move heaven and earth to help her find solutions. It is very likely that they can guide her to a qualified instructor in your area that can guide her through injured shooter style drills to adapt to the problems.
    Tell her to read the introduction FIRST and then browse the site.Prepare yourself;when she starts on the site you may not be able to peel her away from it for days. I highly recommend this website to anyone who wants to bring their wife, daughter or for that matter any woman into the world of shooting,and in your case it may be life changing.She will be welcomed by everything from certified instructors to military,LEO's and just about everything else in between.Regardless of gender this site will inform and likely answer some serious questions.