Arthritis making it hard to run the XD slide

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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,108 Senior Member
    samzhere wrote: »

    Regarding using the holster edge or some other thing to brace against (as was suggested), sure, if you're taking your time and so on. But Ken was originally asking about a shooting situation, where he'd need to clear the action in a hurry.

    Actually, the recommended action is a drill taught by many self-defense instructors as a method of quickly and efficiently running the slide if you've got an injured hand or arm. It's a good skill to have for the defensive-minded, with many newer sights being configured to allow this action.

    I've got 10-8 rear sight on my 1911 for just such an action, and yes, I do practice it.

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  • Lonewolf-PeruLonewolf-Peru Member Posts: 349 Member
    I remember an article wrote by Mike Venturino in HANDGUNS magazine in which he recomended a Ruger Single Six as a defense tool for an arthritic patient with little hand strength left, using a .22 LR cylinder for training, and a .22 Magnum for defense.

    Also in Handguns, Duane Thomas wrote a full article about "orthopedic guns". I remember that he mentioned there the Beretta 86 (a .380 handgun with a tip-up barrel), as an option in case of being no longer capable of racking the slide of a bigger gun.
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    I remember an article wrote by Mike Venturino in HANDGUNS magazine in which he recomended a Ruger Single Six as a defense tool for an arthritic patient with little hand strength left, using a .22 LR cylinder for training, and a .22 Magnum for defense.

    Also in Handguns, Duane Thomas wrote a full article about "orthopedic guns". I remember that he mentioned there the Beretta 86 (a .380 handgun with a tip-up barrel), as an option in case of being no longer capable of racking the slide of a bigger gun.

    One of My Uncles could not manage a slide or cylinder of most handguns, I finally had him try a mint condition S&W top break revolver in .38 S&W, and he cold manage it well, it was the only handgun he could load and unload easily.
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  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    ken55 wrote: »
    Well, I got the grip tape and put it on in several places on the slide where I needed better grip - didn't think it was possible to make an XD even uglier but that sure did it! etc.

    You're right, except that my Glocks are even uglier! However they did mess up a bit with my XD Tactical w. stainless slide, and mistakenly made the pistol look pretty good:

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    It's about the best looking polymer pistol I've ever seen.

    Funny that the skate shop kid knew your goal. Thanks for the feedback and further postings.

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  • ken55ken55 Senior Member Posts: 781 Senior Member
    Hey guys - I range-tested the grip-taped XD this AM. Did all the usual drills including clearing malfunctions and everything I was having trouble doing before. The grip tape seems to have solved the problem so I'm happy again. :cool2:
  • EliEli Senior Member Posts: 3,074 Senior Member
    Glad to hear it Ken.

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  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Great to hear, ken. We're all rooting for you.

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