38 special hurts

38 special hurts

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    38 special hurts

    S&W airweight 38 special. Gift for wife, so shoots a.25 berrata, .32 keltec, .380 bersa. This is her first revolver ,it hurts her hand when she shoots it, evan when she shoot it with 2 hands. Her grip seems to be ok. Very firm. it does not matter if she grips it hi or low, not using +p . It has a 1.825 +- barrel.

    any suggestions? She likes the gun,she does not like the bite


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    Not an uncommon reaction. Two options. one - larger grips, Two - Heavier steel framed gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgb View Post
    Not an uncommon reaction. Two options. one - larger grips, Two - Heavier steel framed gun.
    Third option - go semi-automatic and get The Shield. My wife used to have a Kel-Tec PF9 which hurt to shoot. I bought her The Shield (9mm) and it doesn't hurt anymore and in fact, where she hated to practice, she now wants to do so more than ever. (I know you probably don't want a non-revolver, but I'm telling you this thing is sweet)
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    sgb's advice is spot on... start there.
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    Another option would be give it to Rollo for a little while... there will be NO recoil when you get it back.
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    Sgb is right as far as where to start. If neither works then look into other options. My 442 is stock and I get a bit of sting in the palm after about 50 rds.
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    Buy some grips that cover the backstrap and are long enough to get all three fingers around. A Hogue monogrip will cost about 25.00. If she wants laser grips get the crimson trace lg305. Also get her a pair of ladies shooting gloves GripSwell Ergonomic Shooting Gloves my wife has a pair that she uses when she shoots her 642 alot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad426 View Post
    Another option would be give it to Rollo for a little while... there will be NO recoil when you get it back.
    I don't think having a non functioning gun is what the OP had in mind for recoil reduction :)

    I agree with sgb. Either one of those option would probably fit the bill. Maybe a model 60 in .357 and shoot .38's. It's about 6 ounces heavier.
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    Welcome to the world of airweight j-frames.

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    Yea the airweights isn't the best feeling shooters. She have to get over it or find a heavier gun. A used Smith and Wesson model 36 snub comes to mind.
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    My laser grips absorb about 30% of the recoil and it's still tough on my hands, especially after 20+ rounds. Larger grips may help and if not you keep it for a backup or car gun and try a semi as previously mentioned.
    The j frames are not enjoyable to shoot. Tough trigger pull too. I remember the first time I used it (my first gun) I hit the clip holding the target at 7 yds at the range. I thought the laser was "off". Duh.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad426 View Post
    Another option would be give it to Rollo for a little while... there will be NO recoil when you get it back.
    ^^^ LOL ^^^^^

    Rollo reminds me of Mikey... of the Life cereal commmercials... Only it's give it to Rollo, he breaks everything!
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    Airweight might not be the best choice for her. I carry one everyday and shoot it often. I'm 6'0" and 250 with big hands. That said, about 50 rounds of standard stuff is plenty for a practice session. Even with a shooting glove it bites. For carry, it's loaded with +P hollow points. They r-e-a-l-l-y kick and bite!!!
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    Yep, steel frame and different grips. If that doesn't work, try a Ruger SP101 in .357 and shoot .38 standard pressures in it. It's like shooting a .22 after an airweight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spider7779 View Post
    S&W airweight 38 special. Gift for wife, so shoots a.25 berrata, .32 keltec, .380 bersa. This is her first revolver ,it hurts her hand when she shoots it, evan when she shoot it with 2 hands. Her grip seems to be ok. Very firm. it does not matter if she grips it hi or low, not using +p . It has a 1.825 +- barrel.

    any suggestions? She likes the gun,she does not like the bite
    Well I've got to ask you a question..........did you let her shoot the revolver BEFORE you bought it? My guess is no......... A common mistake....... Many people recommend the light 38's for women, but in my opinion that is not a good choice. I have a bunch of revolvers including a Smith 642 Airweight. The 642 is my LEAST favorite revolver to shoot. I would also suggest that you take some of the posters recommendation for semiauto's very carefully. My wife just cannot rack the slide on a semiauto pistol no matter how hard she tries. It takes some strength in the arms, wrists and hands to rack pistol slides. Most of us guys take that for granted. I'm just trying to help you avoid making another mistake. My suggestion would be to take your wife to a gun range and have her try many different handguns, including semiautos. See if she can load the mags by herself. See if she can rack the slide..... See if she can clear a jam..... Those tiny pistols are even more difficult to rack than larger pistols.....they have very stiff recoil springs.

    I think she would like an all steel revolver such as a Ruger SP101 or a Smith and Wesson 686 with a 2-4inch barrel. Sure, they are going to weigh 25-27 oz instead of the 15 oz for a S&W J frame, but they will be a pleasure to shoot 38+p and they won't sting your hand.

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