Arthritis and Revolvers

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    Arthritis and Revolvers

    I am shopping for a small revolver. I have arthritis in my hands so something with an easy pull and low recoil is a must (and I understand that's hard to find!). I really like the idea of having a laser grip, and I would like one that's not all black so my hubbie won't want it. Concealed hammer would be nice too.

    I'd really like to test fire a S&W 642, Cobra Shadow and Chiappa Rhino 20DS (although this one would not have a laser).

    Suggestions appreciated, I see there is lots of great advice on this forum but came up short when searching for the topic arthritis.

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    One of the Ruger LCR's might work well for you. The trigger pull feels much easier to me than a standard revolver. Carried with 38 Specials it would prove to be a viable defensive sidearm for certain.
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    I agree, you can even make it better with a good action job.
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    Take the.38 LCR for a test drive

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    LCR for the trigger, SP101 for the recoil concerns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itgeekgal View Post
    I am shopping for a small revolver. I have arthritis in my hands so something with an easy pull and low recoil is a must (and I understand that's hard to find!). I really like the idea of having a laser grip, and I would like one that's not all black so my hubbie won't want it. Concealed hammer would be nice too.

    I'd really like to test fire a S&W 642, Cobra Shadow and Chiappa Rhino 20DS (although this one would not have a laser).

    Suggestions appreciated, I see there is lots of great advice on this forum but came up short when searching for the topic arthritis.
    The 642 is a fine lightweight revolver, but it has a stiff trigger and can be snappy with +p rounds. The trigger pull can be fixed with a spring kit, but quite frankly that is a pain unless you enjoy tinkering (from you post I'm assuming you don't). This would not be my first recommendation for you.

    I have heard good things about the Ruger LCR's. I think they are a couple of ounces heavier, which makes a difference.

    Note the lighter the revolver, the stronger the recoil.

    I suggest you go to a range, and try out several .38 or .357 snub nose revolvers and use standard pressure (not +p) .38 rounds. You may want to consider a SW 640 in .357, which is all steel and weighs about 23 ounces. The larger grip makes it easier to hold, and coupled with the extra weight, tames the .38 recoil.

    Do not try very light "scandium" frame revolvers that weigh about 11 ounces. Such a light revolver cannot absorb the recoil, and so much more recoil energy is transferred to your hand.

    Good luck. And welcome to the forum.
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    I got my wife a 442 and put an Apex trigger kit in it. I also did some minor stoning. It has a very smooth trigger, and she doesn't mind the recoil. She tends to be very recoil sensitive.

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    Try a small wrist brace when shooting, and are not that uncomfortable to wear all of the time... but it helps your wrist quite a bit and absorbing recoil. The one with that also has a loop around the thumb works best. I discovered, it also helps keep your wrist locked when shooting. I used to have to use one, don't now, but it worked well.

    Also, depends, if you can get one that you can get Ribber grips for, as they absorb recoil in your hands well. Hogue grips with help if you can't get a ribber grip one for your gun, but not as much.
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    Arthor has paid a visit to me but so far i am able to handle revolvers or semi's . But the fingers sure do lock up and very painful
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    I agree with the Ruger LCR recommendation. Most revolvers have a trigger pull that gets harder toward the end. The LCR has a cam that evens it out very nicely. I have fired one with .38 Special +P and was impressed with the trigger, the accuracy and low recoil. It is a very well-engineered revolver.

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    I have arthritis and my wrist and grip was so bad I couldn't pick up a glass of water without pain, and I bought a PF9 for deep conceal without knowing the guns peculiarities. I must admit I was unpleasantly surprised when I fired it the first time and went through wrist wraps, Hogue grips, and padded fingerless gloves before I could stand the recoil. I'm not recommending the PF9 for you by the way, everyone's arthritis is different, but I do believe that the more you do something the more it gets easier. I have to admit that the constant shock of the recoil has drastically improved my arthritic wrist believe it or not.
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    Today I went to the Barons Den in Eugene Oregon and rented/tested the Ruger LCR and the Smith and Wesson 642. The LCR felt good but for the life of me I could not hit the target. I was much more accurate with the 642 but it had more kick.

    They also had a Chiappa Rhino that I dry fired but was not available to test shoot. Dry firing the feel was great, I would really like to test one of these next.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itgeekgal View Post
    Today I went to the Barons Den in Eugene Oregon and rented/tested the Ruger LCR and the Smith and Wesson 642. The LCR felt good but for the life of me I could not hit the target. I was much more accurate with the 642 but it had more kick.

    They also had a Chiappa Rhino that I dry fired but was not available to test shoot. Dry firing the feel was great, I would really like to test one of these next.
    Keep us posted the wife and I are up north of you outside Carson City. She has arthritis and has had difficulty working some revolvers. The Taurus PD for example, she likes my SP 101 with .38 special for recoil but wants a better trigger. We are looking at the LCR hadn't considered the Rhino for her.

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    If you feel the arthritis is impeding your shooting fun, try a set of rubberized (Pachmayr or Hogue) grips to reduce the feel. Very similar to the vibrations felt from some golfclub grips...changing grips can make a difference, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USM1976 View Post
    If you feel the arthritis is impeding your shooting fun, try a set of rubberized (Pachmayr or Hogue) grips to reduce the feel. Very similar to the vibrations felt from some golfclub grips...changing grips can make a difference, too.
    Yes, I've already narrowed my search to only rubberized grips, preferably crimson trace.

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