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?