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    Nerve Damage

    It is offical now. After several tests, my doctor tells me I have nerve damage to the thumb area of my gun hand (right) That splint she gave me awhile back, I have been asked to wear it as much as possible.

    Placing one of my carry firearms in it's Nemesis pocket holster in the left pocket felt strange. If I carry the semi auto, the safety is now on the wrong side.

    I remember one instructor making it a big deal to learn how to shoot with the off hand. I really didn't take much stock in what he was saying at the time. Now, his wisdom is hitting home.

    Perhaps it was all those 30.30 rounds in the T/c Condender. Thousands of 45 ACP rounds.

    This sucks.

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    Wow, Iceman I'm sorry to hear that. I'm sure you are strong headed enough to learn to shoot with your left hand, but it will take time before you feel comfortable.

    I am right handed, and shoot right handed most of the time, but after having surgery on my right wrist earlier this year, I learned the value of practicing with my off hand. I still have a lot of pain on the right side if I shoot much, so I am shooting more and more from the left. The only thing I haven't done is get left handed holsters for carrying. I suppose I should since this will probably be a long term/permanent thing for me too.

    Keep us posted on how you are doing.
    Fondis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondis Firearms View Post
    Wow, Iceman I'm sorry to hear that. I'm sure you are strong headed enough to learn to shoot with your left hand, but it will take time before you feel comfortable.

    I am right handed, and shoot right handed most of the time, but after having surgery on my right wrist earlier this year, I learned the value of practicing with my off hand. I still have a lot of pain on the right side if I shoot much, so I am shooting more and more from the left. The only thing I haven't done is get left handed holsters for carrying. I suppose I should since this will probably be a long term/permanent thing for me too.

    Keep us posted on how you are doing.
    At least I know what brand/style holster's not to buy.

    With enough practice I know I can overcome this disability.

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    The new S&W Bodyguard 38 revolver has an ambidextrous cylinder release where the hammer usually is, and a built in laser to help with weak hand aiming, and no safety to worry about.
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    I've had both wrists operated on over the years for Carparl (sp?) Tunnel. Then this past year in Oct 09 then Dec 09. Once again both hands had 2 fingers each for Trigger Finger, ya !! Knew this would be a issue when the time came so I started out at the beginning to learn to shoot left or right handed!
    4-6 weeks is a long while when you enjoy going to the range! Specially if you can't do either or! It would have been like bad withdrawels !
    When I asked how long I need to wait, ( it was already 4 wks) telling the Dr why. It was funny to see his jaw drop to the floor with my reason other than just for normal use!
    None the less he realized I was seriously wanting to go shoot! When I saw him again 6 week out he asked me how long I actually waited,, I was totally honest I went on a Thursday to see him. Like well I waited till Saturday .
    He just ask me to please not over do it!

  7. Quote Originally Posted by theicemanmpls View Post
    At least I know what brand/style holster's not to buy.

    With enough practice I know I can overcome this disability.
    Iceman, your first obstacle will be to view it as a challenge and not a disability. I am certain you have the ability to over come a minor detour. Best to you.
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    Dr OZ talked about nerve damage in the hands and specific exercises to help yesterday on his show....
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    I used to shoot with a guy named Bill Irwin - former prizefighter, former car racer, and one helluva shooter! He was in his upper 80's with crippling arthritis that curled the fingers of his right hand into this claw-like posture...he'd settle that .45 into his hand and blaze away with the rest of us and never utter a whimper of discomfort. A rugged, old-school Irishman who didn't peddle in BS of any kind. Quite a role model! Rest in Peace, Bill...miss ya!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ektarr View Post
    I used to shoot with a guy named Bill Irwin - former prizefighter, former car racer, and one helluva shooter! He was in his upper 80's with crippling arthritis that curled the fingers of his right hand into this claw-like posture...he'd settle that .45 into his hand and blaze away with the rest of us and never utter a whimper of discomfort. A rugged, old-school Irishman who didn't peddle in BS of any kind. Quite a role model! Rest in Peace, Bill...miss ya!
    I drive the instructors crazy. My right trigger finger is bent so I use my mid-finger most of the time. Love the expressions on people when they see me shoot.

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  11. Maybe gloves?

    Quote Originally Posted by KathleenElsie View Post
    I drive the instructors crazy. My right trigger finger is bent so I use my mid-finger most of the time. Love the expressions on people when they see me shoot.
    At Academy there are real good workout gloves which have the palms padded, a well fitted glove will multiply the strenght of the hand in an efficient way, since the sensibility of the skin is most often the main stopper.

    Just try doing something which is really difficult ordinarily with bare hands and afterward use gloves and you will notice the difference

    Hope this helps

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