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Endeavor to Persevere!

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 24,931 Senior Member
edited April 19 in General Firearms #1
This could go in Gen Firearms, Personal Defense, or Clubhouse. Mods, move as you see fit. 

Not going into a lot of details. Back in August my best friend had back surgery. A week later, he got bacterial meningitis from the surgery location that put him in a coma for 2 months. He woke up paralyzed from the waist down at age 74. The resulting atrophy from the upper body enhanced by continued back pain diminished his upper body function. 
I’ve become a full time rancher to take care of his place on top of my new house and property I’m working.......and my real job. I’ve been busy. 
He’s a retired game warden, lifelong rancher, and long range shooter. So, guns are a passion of his. 
We’ve been working on shooting .22lr rifles and he’s even fired a .223 Rem once. The rifles have potential as he gets stronger and is able to sit up more. Eye relief being an issue otherwise. But, we’ve modified and are working on ways to get back to shooting his Accuracy International AX in .308 Winchester eventually. 
Self defense being a concern, we’ve been working with several different handguns that he has but with atrophy and all, he can’t pull the trigger of any of his pistols or revolvers. 
Today, I brought over a G43 and a G44 for him to try. He was unable to dryfire the G43, even with two fingers. But, he was able to dry fore the G44 in .22lr from the waist with two fingers!  So, we had something to work with!!
He drove his chair down to the barn yesterday without pain. We sat under the oak tree like old times and had a drink. 

First time he’s been able to make that trip from the house to the barn without pain. So, we planned to return today and try shooting some handguns!
I set up at target at 3 yards with the berm behind it and he said, “No!  I want at least something close to room distance.”  So, we started at 5 yards. 
Not being able to lift the gun much above waist level, it had him dry fire with both hands and two fingers from a “bent elbow” position. 
Ironic that we just had the instinctive shooting thread!!  Because that’s exactly what he had to do. 
Dry firing a few times, I helped him with his windage adjustment so that he was at least centered left and right. Then, I loaded him up with 40gr SV rounds and let him have at it. 

First couple rounds were belt line. He adapted and the next couple were gut level. Learning, the next three were center chest just above solar plexus!!

I cannot express my pride in a man that won’t quit. This is a guy that’s worked hard ranching and being a warden all his life. He’s taught me so much about hard work and ranching I can’t express. To be dealt the hand he has and not quit is an inspiration to me and mine. I will do anything I can for this man as he’s done so much for me and mine. 
Baby steps!  It’s a .22lr. But, I wouldn’t stand in front of him with I’ll intent. The determination on his face trying to pull that trigger!!!  He won’t quit!!!
Its about training and practice, like we’ve discussed in the other thread. But, what started off low, ended up with “lethal hits” in less than 10 rounds and one range session!!

Yesterday, he followed me around in his chair while I did ranch chores. First time since August he’s been able to be a physical part of his ranch. Today, we are at the barn shooting handguns and gaining confidence in his ability to protect himself and his loved ones!!
Regardless the hand you’re dealt.........never quit!!  This man is both a friend and inspiration!  If you don’t learn from him.......I feel there is little hope for you. 
Tomorrow, he is going to the LGS to try out a S&W Shield 2.0 EZ and see if he can pull the trigger. If so, a .380 ACP might be next for him!!!

Our goal is to walk again.  But if not........we will not quit. I love this man!!
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,499 Senior Member
    He's willing to dig deep, and you're there with an extra shovel.  Well done to the both of you!

    It's never really been on my radar, and probably never on yours, but a search for "Glock slide rack assist" got me this far: https://www.glockparts.com/category/charging-handles.htm

    They've got one from Vickers for the .380 Glock 42.  Might well be the combo your buddy needs. 
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,112 Senior Member
    Impressive determination. We all need someone like that in our lives.
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,288 Senior Member
    A lifetime of experience and acquired knowledge has value beyond measure. Passed on, it lives on. 
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,087 Senior Member
    Good to see him out and about, can only help to get him doing stuff he enjoys, gotta use those neurological pathways, exercise them. 
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,289 Senior Member
    Medicinal Firearms Therapy. Good medicine.
    Great story. I admire that won't quit, let's just get this thing done, attitude. 👍
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience -- Mark Twain
    How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and [how] hard it is to undo that work again! -- Mark Twain

  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,070 Senior Member
    A Handi-Racker makes it easier to rack the slide.  I have to use one for my H&K P 7. I don't know if it would work from a wheel chair.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,297 Senior Member
    Helluva man...with a helluva friend...a winning combination...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • ojrojr Senior Member Posts: 1,142 Senior Member
    Great inspiration right there.
    The flight was uneventful, which is what one wants when one is transporting an Elephant.
     Reuters, Dec 2020.
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,063 Senior Member
    I hope he makes a full recovery, your efforts will be a big help with this!!  o:)
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 11,379 Senior Member
    Guts, Courage, Determination, Friendship  all rolled into one.  You and your friend have something very special.  Much respect for both of you. 
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,817 Senior Member
    That's resilence against adversity. Truly inspiring.

    Yoúre a good man Zee. Not everyone would stretch his time to help like that.

    If more "ooomph" from a .22LR pistol is desired to simulate a bigger CF caliber, maybe using Aguila Hypermaximum ammo would help if the G44 tolerates it. 30gr. CCRN in both solid and HP options that runs at around 1,800fps from a rifle, so should give a loud bang and harder kick in a pistol than average HV .22 ammo. 

    Hope your friend is able to recover all his abilities.

  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,185 Senior Member
    Respect and admiration for him from me. And for what you are doing Zee.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,944 Senior Member
    I love folks with no quit in them...  I'll pray for your buddy's recovery.
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,931 Senior Member
    He’s a tough man. I’ve learned a lot about ranching from him. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,944 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    He’s a tough man. I’ve learned a lot about ranching from him. 
    Well it was you who taught me that mentors are important in life...

    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 6,724 Senior Member
    Tough man. Very inspiring. 
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,312 Senior Member
    Inspiring. Both of you. 
    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
    Winston Churchill
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,595 Senior Member
    This is so good!
    Thanks for sharing.
    I have sure enjoyed the time I was able to spend with him in the past.
    I know you are wearing a lot of hats right now as well.
    Take care
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,070 Senior Member
    Bonus points for the name of the movie where this was said, and who said it.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,931 Senior Member
    Gene L said:
    Bonus points for the name of the movie where this was said, and who said it.
    I’ve been waiting for someone to pick up on my reference!  Quite surprised it’s taken this long. 😁
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,070 Senior Member
    I knew it at first and figured others would know it too, but when no one did, I posed the question.  Let's see who else knows.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,559 Senior Member
    Are you asking which character said it, or who it was attributed to?
    Overkill is underrated.
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,070 Senior Member
    Which character.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • Johnny rebJohnny reb Member Posts: 675 Senior Member
    Glad your friend won’t give up. The perseverance will pay off. Prayers up for you and your friend both.
  • PFDPFD Senior Member Posts: 1,488 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    Gene L said:
    Bonus points for the name of the movie where this was said, and who said it.
    I’ve been waiting for someone to pick up on my reference!  Quite surprised it’s taken this long. 😁
    I thought it was common knowledge?
    At least I know where I got it from.
    That's all I got.

    Paul
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,559 Senior Member
    Gene L said:
    Which character.
    He's the reason I carry this piece of hard rock candy.  But it's not for eating, it's for looking through.
    Overkill is underrated.
  • PFDPFD Senior Member Posts: 1,488 Senior Member
    It's not right to sneak up on an Indian.
    That's all I got.

    Paul
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,559 Senior Member
    I never surrendered.  They took my horse and made him surrender.  He's probably pulling a wagon in Kansas...
    Overkill is underrated.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,931 Senior Member
    ❤️
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 3,953 Senior Member
    Now remember, when things get bad and it looks like you're not going to make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad dog mean.. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up, then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is...
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