Handguns for People With Physical Disabilities
That was the best thread title I could come up with. I have insomnia, my work is done, and my mind is wandering.
I've mentioned before my parents are getting older and can almost order off of the Senior Citizen breakfast menu. A consequence of this is that my mother has a nasty case of arthritis. But believe it or not before her fingers got to the point she has trouble sometimes she was a pretty decent shot. But her medical condition is a physical disability and it makes using a handgun quite difficult. Dad and I have talked about this and have come to an agreement.
My father is like many of you guys and prefers a double stack semiautomatic. He thinks I'm crazy. The trouble though is that my mom simply can't feed a catridge into a spring loaded magazine, and working the controls even two handed simply adds a level of stress that doesn't need to be there. It's true the trigger is lighter but that doesn't do us any good if she can't rack the slide or flip off the safety. A rap tap bang? You can forget it. Not physically possible.
Our solution was to get some .38 Special catridges for his .357 Rossi. The only apparent problem is not the trigger, which is a surprise, it's the cylinder release, but it's workable for her. The perks far outweigh that one drawback. She can simply drop catridges in with ease, and closing a cylinder is a less refined motion than loading a magazine. She also finds the hammer on the revolver, with its slightly different shape and more aggressive surface, to be easier to cock. That's important considering a single action shot is a lot easier to pull off. The .38 out of a 4" barrel is tolerable recoil, so I guess it works well enough. She finds it acceptable and that's what really counts.
My thinking is that the only way to improve on this would be a Smith and Wesson model 10. A dedicated .38 wouldn't be as heavy in the hand as a .357 and the cylinder release is smoother on a Smith and Wesson. A good trigger job could take care of the rest if necessary.
I then began to think and realize others may have similar problems. I think the key to addressing this situation is to get that person's input on what they're comfortable with because they're the ones with the disability, and then you have to make some preparations.
Has anyone else ever had a problem like this?