Big hands, weak wrists, what to do?

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by MAA, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. MAA

    MAA New Member

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    Evening. I've decided to buy a handgun. My reasons are because I'm afraid it will become more difficult to obtain one in the future, crime in Houston is just too far gone now, and I'm moving in with my wife in to a part of town that isn't particularly pleasant for job purposes. I have no experience with handguns or large calibers. I have shot small caliber rim fire target rifles for a long time and even built some of my own (17hmr/22lr). The gun will be for concealed carry and home defense.

    I would like to buy a Glock. They're cheap, reliable, and I know it will shoot straight and work great right out of the box. I just want some advice on a good caliber and model to purchase. The thing is, I have big hands, but my forearms/wrists aren't particularly strong. I just was looking for some advice since I've never purchased a handgun before.
     


  2. DirtyD

    DirtyD Well-Known

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    The best thing to do is try before you buy. There is about to be a HUGE can of worms opened in this thread about caliber and size. There is no right answer except what you can shoot well and comfortably. I own handguns in the three "major" calibers and find myself carrying a 9mm most of the time, but with the arrival of my Glock 23 on Friday that may change. Depending on what part of town you are in you are welcome to give my guns a try......
     
  3. MAA

    MAA New Member

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    Thanks for the reply. I just want something mainly for self defense and conceal carry right now, but I have a feeling that my interest will expand as it did with small bore rifles. I wan't something with stopping power, but something I can handle as well. It has to feel comfortable in my hand, I have to be able to acquire quickly, and I have to be able to fire it with out too much kick back or pain in my wrists and be able to re-acquire and fire as many times as necessary. The thing is, I'm not a midget or anything, but I'm a skinny guy and I'm not sure how well I could manage a hand cannon or something. Granted I wont be pumping rounds through it all day, but if I do need to use it one day, then I want to feel confident and trust my gun. I did go to a local store, I held a G36. It was horrible. The grip was way way to short and I promise If I fired that thing it would go flying out of my hand. I held a G19 and it was much more comfortable. I would like a new grip regardless of the model though, something a big more sticky and comfortable. And some trigger work to lighten it, Like I said I have weaker than average hands and don't want to feel like I have to crush the trigger before it fires. But yeah that salesman was obviously discouraging me from the G19 saying it wasn't a powerful enough gun for home defense. Try before you buy is always best, and I do intend to at least hold if not test fire more models, but I also don't want to go in to the store looking like an ass and say "dur I need a gun". And I'm not trying to be whiny but most gun stores aren't really receptive to a brown guy with a brown last name walking in and asking about a handgun for self defense. That's why I came online to seek advice. I live in the westchase area, by the way.
     
  4. zembonez

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    I have a Glock 17L 9MM. I think you'd do just fine with something similar. Everybody has differing opinions but the 17 is inexpensive and very reliable. Good place to start if nothing else. Once you get one of anything... head to the range and get to know it like you know your hands. It might as well be a rock if you aren't completely familiar with it in an emergency.
     
  5. DirtyD

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    All that is easily accomplished as far as the grip ges. With the trigger there are also several options, but I would be carefull lightening the trigger too much on a carry gun, the 5.5 lb trigger n the glock is plenty light as it is. As far as the other, I work part time at a shop up by Tomball/Spring and would be happy to help you out.
     
  6. Texas1911

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    Strength in regards to handguns isn't really a huge issue for the normal calibers. Most of the control aspect in a handgun comes from hand placement, rather than strength.

    I keep and use a Glock 19 at home. It's 9mm and I don't feel inadequate with it. Honestly anyone that tells you that a 9mm is inadequate is close minded in my opinion. What counts more is shot placement, caliber is secondary... at best.

    If a gun store won't answer your questions, presumably, because of your skin color then I'd suggest spending your money elsewhere.
     
  7. navyguy

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    Don't let them talk you out of a 9mm as a defense gun. With today's ammo, it will do the job. Federal HST is my prefered ammo, and in 147 Grain, I'd hate to be hit in the chest with one. (There of course are other great 9mm defense rounds)

    You may be worring a bit too much about recoil. My wife, who weights in the 120's and can just manage to rack the slide on a G19, shoots it just fine. Matter of fact, she took her CHL test with a G19. Shorts who posts here, is a small gal as well, and she shoots a 1911 .45 one handed. Pretty good I might add. It all takes a little practice.
     
  8. SIG_Fiend

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    9mm works just fine for self defense. Proper shot placement is the most important factor. 9mm is a decent compromise caliber, as in a full sized or slightly compact handgun, it is generally very easy to control recoil wise to the point where things become much more effortless.

    There are some simple things you can probably do to build up your forearm and wrist strength. One of the easiest is to use a hand gripper like these:

    Heavy Grip Handgrippers- Hand Grippers, grippers, handgripper, wrist, strength
    Pro Hands by GRIPMASTER Hand exerciser - finger strengthener $11.49

    There is no such thing as knock down power. It is a physical impossibility for a firearm bullet to knock someone to the ground. If it were possible, then according to Newton's second law of motion, when you fired the gun you too would be thrown to the ground (the whole equal and opposites reaction). You will constantly hear about "knock down power" though if you are ever around a bunch of people at a range, gun store, etc. It is a fallacy derived entirely from Hollywood.
     
  9. ambidextrous1

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    My 105 pound ex-wife, with small hands and not particularly strong wrists was able to shoot a full-size Government Model .45 ACP effectively and confidently. I'm not suggesting that you go that way, but this anecdotal story tends to reinforce previous comments in this thread.

    The best suggestion you've received so far is to "try before you buy", and you will find friends here and elsewhere who will let you fire their pistols at the range.

    If you're training primarily for self defense, endurance isn't a factor; it's not necessary or appropriate to fire hundreds of rounds in a single session; but regular practice is appropriate to ensure that you and your firearm will perform if that terrible situation arises.

    Shot placement is your number one priority; caliber, firearm type, mindset and smooth presentation are important, but secondary elements.
     
  10. bikerbill

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    when I first got into handguns, I went to a sporting goods store and bought a grip strengthener, just two handles linked by a spring ... there have been amazing advances since then, tho those are still available ... 10 minutes or so each night while you're watching TV and you'll be amazed at the change ... if you don't want to exercise, I'd start with 9mm, rent a few and see how they feel ... however, even .45s aren't terribly hard to control ...
     

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