I was assisting on the range during a SC CWP class this weekend for women and one of the ladies has rheumatoid arthritis in her hands.
Because of the arthritis and apparently many surgeries to her fingers, her fingers appear to be very short compaired to her palm size.
She brought a J-frame Smith .38 snubby, and was having a terrible time on the timed qualifications. Apparently, when she draws, she has to readjust her grip to get her finger to the trigger, and then she has to use her other hand and index finger to assist in pulling the trigger in double action because of hand weakness.
Obviously, she couldn't qualify.
I'm asking if you have any suggestions for small grip frame (very small) as well as a shorter distance between the backstrap and the trigger than the J-frame.
Lightening the trigger is one option, but it doesn't fix the (OK, I'm going to my shotgun terminology here since I'm not familiar with a handgun term) for "length of pull." Even if we send it to the custom shop, they said they could only get the pull down to about 9lbs.
I'm a little concerned she wouldn't be able to pull the slide back on most autos for the qualifications. I thought about a Beretta Tomcat in .32ACP, but their "length of pull" is about the same as her J-frame, the trigger pull was actually pretty heavy and the grip is pretty wide.
I'm eager to hear your suggestions.
Just because a person has a disability, doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to protect themselves.