Comments: Concealed Carry For A Paraplegic?

If a person has limited grip strength a semi-auto pistol may be the worst choice. If your grip strength is poor then the likelihood of "limp wristing" is increased. "Limp wristing" in a semi-auto could turn your pistol into a single shot and with reduced strength your ability to clear a jammed pistol is compromised.

Reduced arm strength is also an excellent reason to stay away from compact semi-auto pistols with stronger (than full size) recoil springs.

I'd recommend a revolver for someone weakened by disability but still able to hold and aim a weapon. I've shot revolvers in competitiion over a period of six years and you might be surprised how light you can get a double action pull and still be very reliable. The problem with wouldn't be with the weight of the trigger pull but with lawyers - however the weakness and relative helplessness of the victim should mitigate against sensless prosecution.

On the other hand I've met several paraplegics with outstanding upper body strength.

As in anything having to do with self defense try different firearms for comfort in the hand, controllability and reliability.

Posted by Marc at October 26, 2004 10:58 AM

I agree...a revolver is the way to go. Not only do you not need to rack a slide, but several manufacturers have increased the capacity of the cylinders from 7 to 9 rounds.

A quality .357 with a smooth double action trigger would be ideal...you could practice with .38 wadcutters for cheap and save the heavy stuff for taking care of business.

Grab one of those derringers with .410 barrels, load them up with 000 buck as a backup, and you're ready to go.

Posted by bjbarron at October 26, 2004 11:05 AM

A revolver might be the best thing with the limited information available. They are easier to clean the about any automatic pistol, probably easier to load over all. Also no slide to mess with when loading or re-loading.

I have seen an auto pistol that broke open at the barrel, tipping upward for the first round, then feeding off the magazine after that. No slide to have to grip and rack that way.

Personally, I haven't found a revolver that really seems to fit my hand, at least not like the M1911 does. So trying a few out for grip angle, type, curves, etc is a good idea, including firing and having someone try and twist it away from you. The grip alone might settle the one or the other decision.

Posted by Outlaw3 at October 26, 2004 12:55 PM

The Glock has a light trigger pull (4.5lbs, i believe) and is rather resistant to the limp wrist phenom that is inherent in other semi-autos.

A revolver would be a fine choice as well.

Posted by SayUncle at October 26, 2004 02:13 PM

Shooting in simulated handgun combat games such as IDPA and IPSC/USPSA I've witnessed all sorts of malfunctions including limpwristed Glocks. Limp wristing is a common occurrence amongst shooters new to these games. Besides simply standing there and shooting movement is required.

Most people Ive met who haven't shot in these sports have virtually no experience with running around carrying a loaded pistol plus the scoring system adds an additional time pressure to the shooting and moving. This leads to an adrenaline dump just before the shooting commences.

Adrenaline is a funny thing, it powers the fight or flight response to fear. Adrenaline can make you go "weak in the knees" and for new competitors it can make you go weak at the wrist as well. When faced by a life threatening attack you can bet that adrenaline will flood your system.

The concern I have is that in extremis someone who already has diminished strength will be more likely to limp wrist and have reduced capacity to clear a jam if that occurs, remeber that adrenaline also messes up your fine motor skills (hence the shaking hands after you've been really scared).

It is not impossible to lock up a revolver, I know 'cause I've done it, more than once - but I still believe the revolver is the best choice for someone with limited strength. A revolver is easy load and unload, easy to clean and easy to operate.

BTW I carry a Glock 27.

Posted by Marc at October 26, 2004 06:53 PM

I am having the same issue almost. What do you get for someone with one hand? I am getting a revolver for this person.

Posted by gunner at October 26, 2004 07:01 PM
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