This is a discussion on 38 special hurts within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; 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 ...
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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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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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.....
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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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.