Are there other pre-WWII arthritic Geezers out there looking for a concealable , reliable something to shoot comfortably and often? The only thing I see is a S&W J-frame .22
There’s a lot of info on .357, .45ACP, etc, in police-type situations. I have read more than once “you can get used to recoil”. When I was 50 I enjoyed silhouette shooting with my .44 mag. At 60 I bought a 13 oz 38 spl S&W 342. It was comfortable enough to shoot for maybe 40 rounds, better grips might have helped. Now something has happened to me (perhaps related to the date on my driver’s license) and the S&W has gone from uncomfortable after 40rds to downright painful at the first shot. Not a problem in a defensive situation, but surely does inhibit needful practice. Perhaps lower velocity target wadcutters would help recoil somewhat, if not alleviate that 15lb DA pull. At the moment my own solution is a SIG 232, lovely gun in .380. Eventually I’ll find ammo. Should I chance to live another decade I wonder how it will be trying to pull that slide back? Guess I’ll head to the gym now. Even so, time marches on . . .