Dealing With Slide Bite?

Dealing With Slide Bite?

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    Senior Member Array Joshua M. Smith's Avatar
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    Dealing With Slide Bite?

    Hello All,

    When I was out shooting my new Carpati M.95 (PPK clone) I noticed the slide barely nicked my thumb when it cycled. I ended up with a nice lil' ol' cut that was red but wasn't streaming.

    I did not develop a flinch from it and was barely aware that it was happening.

    I've been playing around with different thumb positions and none position my thumb joint at the base to where it's out of the way, so I've just stuck with the "thumbs forward" hold. I don't want two different holds for my main carry and backup at any rate. The Carpati behaves like a smaller Taurus 92 in my hands, so I figure I'll treat it like one.

    If the beavertail swept down even half a degree further, or was just a tad bit wider, or positioned my hand just a tad bit lower, the problem would not be there at all.

    I've thought about filing just a bit on off the slide to smooth it out, taking off the sharp edges, then retouching. But, I don't want to have to do this if I don't have to.

    So... PPK and clone owners: Do you have any suggestions? New grip panels may help; I just have to figure out what might fit. Any tips?


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    The Walther .380 seems to bite some folks also.
    I've never had that problem with mine though.
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    Well, I know you've already got the gun. But there is a PPK clone that doesn't bite. It has a slightly exaggerated tang and the slide is a bit higher (smaller). It's a Bersa Thunder .380.

    I know, I know. We've all heard about the Bersa.

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    VIP Member Array Bud White's Avatar
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    I dont know what you could do on a gun so small ive heard the ppks do bite a bit

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    Funny thing this slide bite.

    I have heard folks say they get bit with a BHP - a small semi like yours or Mak or others but strange to say - I have yet to suffer bite ever.

    I have large hands and am well into the area below beavertail with hand web but - no bite!
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    I have 2 Maks and a Bersa and have not had any slide bite. My only problem in that area has been with the beavertail itself on the Skyy.

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    The newer model PPKs have a larger beavertail to prevent this that works well. I get bit if not careful with my Sig 232 on the webbing between thumb and finger, but not the thumb. Can you grip the gun a little lower? Maybe if you don't ride up so high it won't be an issue.

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    I had the same problem with a Makarov, just didn't fit me right, and bit me all the time. Tried different grips, but I finally got rid of it.
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    Josh, you wrote "thumbs forward", so I think you use a two-hand grip. Is the affected thumb on the gripping hand or on the support hand?

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    Wouldn't hurt anything to get it dehorned/melted. That should serve well for a CCW piece anyways.

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    I had it happen one time.
    Speed drills with my Sig P230.
    I griped the pistol to high and got bit-
    in the web of my right hand.

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    My father owns a PPK/S .380 and the slide bit him pretty bad. He just took a stone to the back of the slide and smoothed out the corners of the rear. It still rubs his hand but doesn't draw blood like it used to.

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