I know this has been discussed to death but if you'll bear with me: I just found out some hand-pain from shooting my new S&W 625 JM 45acp revolver is not just from recoil (and holding the grip too high which I did the first two times I shot it).
After a wait of 2 weeks, I went to range again and shot 2 other guns, 45acp semi-auto and my hand began to hurt after a few rounds where I had injured it between thumb and trigger-finger - where the back of the hilt hits - so I switched to 38spl gun and after 20 rounds that hurt too, same place, so I went home. Later I saw large swelling at base of shooting hand thumb and couple of days after the non-dominant hand's thumb began to hurt at same place. Couldn't figure how recoil would do anything down there.
My doctor examined hands and said it was arthritis of the Basal joints both hands, worse on shooting-hand, fairly common place to get it. He does not want me shooting this gun again and ordered X-Rays to stage the damage. Great! I just got this gun, new in box, in an even trade, it has about 150 rounds thru it, if that. I may wait and try non-wood grips altho the woods are beautiful on this gun. I hate to just dump it.
Anyway, in the future (or now) I may not be able to shoot this gun or, likely as well in the future, any 45acp or 357 Mag. Depressing. Who knows if I'll be able to shoot period down the line...
I thought of easy recoil guns if it comes to that and so the FN FiveSeveN came to mind. I know there is controversy over quick stopping power with this gun but there are many war vets who work at my range and they all gave thumbs up on gun and round; the easy recoil, light weight part of this gun are ideal. The rest: "?"
So, don't want to cause terrible arguments but any have the FN or have shot it or have a knowledgeable opinion of its power for CCW use?
Thanks very much.
(Age should be outlawed.)