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help finding elderly lady an hd weapon.

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Glock32, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. Glock32

    Glock32 Marion county, or Active Member

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    first off she is highly capable but with arthritis that limits her ability to handle recoil. not enough strength to handle semi's and lever would be to tough on hands.

    leaning towards showing her the "judge" 410 set up. any body out there see anything interesting that might help her out. all suggestions appreciated.
     
  2. carbuncle

    carbuncle South Snoho Member

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    I'll jump right in and suggest a .22 LR revolver: easy to load and unload, won't destroy her arthritic grip when firing and won't be too heavy for her to pick up and manipulate.
     
  3. Glock32

    Glock32 Marion county, or Active Member

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    .22 would be difficult to load due to round size, thank you for the thought all the same.
     
  4. sports-shooter

    sports-shooter Seattle East Side Member

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    How about a PK380? It has very little recoil and is very easy to rack. Adding a flashlight or laser would add some more weight and reduce the recoil even more.

    The only problem would be loading the magazine. She may not be capable of pushing the rounds and overcome the magazine spring.
     
  5. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    The size of the 22 would be fine if you are close enough to help her reload when needed. I do suggest a 22lr 9 shot revolver with laser grips.

    A 380 would be too much reciol, even the PK380, which is a wonderful weapon. And there is still the reload issue
     
  6. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Good topic. My wife has some arthritis in her hands, so I have some idea
    what your friend is dealing with.

    22 auto. Ruger 22-45, Buckmark, Neos. My wife runs a Neos for steel
    challenge matches. I put a side racker on the slide. She has no problems
    loading the magazines.

    1911. Yup---sounds a litle weird. My wife is currently running a full size
    Colt Series 70 9mm in USPSA Single Stack division. 10 lb recoil spring, she doesn't have any issues. Currently her "favorite gun":)

    Revolver. I usually advocate a 4" 38/357 for HD. However the arthritis
    may be a problem here. My wife has problems with a revolver.

    Shotgun. Pump is a possibility. Pretty easy to operate. Mossberg makes
    a cute little .410 short barreled pump that would be worth looking at.

    or----double barrel "coach gun". Loaded up with reduced recoil or trap
    loads it might do the trick.

    Let us all know what you find that works.
     
  7. Glock32

    Glock32 Marion county, or Active Member

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    Thanks for the ideas I will give some a try.
     
  8. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    Do you mean the Circuit Judge Carbine that is discussed here on another thread? Myself, I think it looks great for this situation! But I do think that the Judge handguns will all recoil terribly for her.

    I too have arthritic hands and really feel the recoil. I can still handle 9mm and .380, but I FEEL it later. My favorite revolver round is the .32 H&R Magnum, and it might be right for your Lady. The cartridges are big enough to handle easily, quite potent for the size (equivilent delivered energy to most non-plus-P .38 Special loads), yet have a relatively mild recoil, especially in a steel revolver. I favor an airweight three-inch S&W Centennial SIX shooter in .32 H&R because it has a very soft and smooth trigger action, with Crimson Trace LaserGrips. Taurus, Charter Arms and Ruger also make compact six-shot revolvers in .32 H&R. but I have not handled them. You are honored for your efforts to help her out!.........................elsullo :thumbup:
     
  9. candyman

    candyman Scappoose, OR Active Member

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    here ya go
     
  10. Glock32

    Glock32 Marion county, or Active Member

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    elsullo circuit judge is what I was talking about, have not found one to get a good look at yet and thanks for the other input.

    Candyman I'll take the dog!!
     
  11. noforce

    noforce washington New Member

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    The Model: S41118TUF wouldn't be a bad choice either.
     
  12. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    My buckmark has a nob on the magazine that you pull down,making it very easy to load the mags.

    I have friends that use either a 22lr or Mag for defense
    If she is anticipating the recoil,which she will be with arthritis ,she needs a very light caliber to shoot.
    Otherwise she will not shoot it well.

    With proper shot placement,the 22lr can be a deadly weapon.
    If she buys plenty of magazines,I'm sure she can find someone to load them.
     
  13. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    FN FiVe-SeVeN
     
  14. BSG 75

    BSG 75 Oregon Well-Known Member

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    20 gauge semiautomatic shotgun

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    Easy to load, easy to operate, reasonable recoil.

    M1 Carbine

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    Easy to load, easy to operate, mild recoil, .357 magnum energy, effective home defense with soft point bullets
     
  15. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I'd second the M1 carbine Idea. not cheap unless you find a beat up Inland. But they are short light easy to run around in a narrow hallway. can be fired at an in home distance from the hip easy to rack the bolt with the handle sticking out to the side like it does. Recoil in minimal loads with a 100gr HP would make a heck of a hole maker. And with a 15rd Mag she shoulded need to reload at all. Racking that bolt will have the same effect as running the pump on a shot gun. INTENSE FEAR IN THE BAD GUY.
     
  16. servingu

    servingu Vancouver (not BC) WA (not DC) Member

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    My mother-in-law (she does not have arthritis and is mid 70's) she will shoot a full size 9mm Glock, Spring and spring 1911 with no prob. I got her a 38 smith light or air not sure but she shot it once and handed it back and no thanks that’s too much snap for me.

    I think a 22mag 8 or 9 shot or load a Glock 17 for her with 17 or 33rd mag and tell her to point and shoot.
     
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    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    I agree with the recommendation for the FN 5.7. Plenty of punch, lots of rounds, minimal recoil. Add a laser if you want one. Not too hard to rack the slide.
     
  18. Glock32

    Glock32 Marion county, or Active Member

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    thanks for the input she picked the circuit judge from ABG in corvallis, it fit her just right, and she is happy.
     
  19. UncalledForGabe

    UncalledForGabe Aloha Or. Member

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  20. corpsman

    corpsman Pierce County, Washington, United States Active Member

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    My dad is 90 and has a M1 carbine and a Glock 17
    for defense. He has severe osteoporosis and he
    has concluded the carbine is now to much for him.
    We looked the market over and concluded the Kel-Tec
    Sub-2000 in 9mm, Glock 17 mags, best fit his needs.
    Now trying to find one from a WA FFL.