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Armory, Self Defense, And EDC => Firearms (Including Long Guns, Pistols) => Pistols and Handguns => Topic started by: POCKETS on July 22, 2017, 11:26:48 AM

Title: finger protextion
Post by: POCKETS on July 22, 2017, 11:26:48 AM
Firing any handgun above a .22 my trigger finger takes a beating. HURT! Does it ever!  I thought I might be rubbing the trigger guard but on close inspection - Negative.  I am trying to develop a callus but to no avail.  Any ideas on how I can eliminate this problem or at least protect my finger?

Many thanks,
Pockets
Title: Re: finger protextion
Post by: machinisttx on July 22, 2017, 12:14:17 PM
What firearms are you using and exactly where on your trigger finger is it causing problems? What style of grip(your hand position) are you using? How large/small are your hands?

I'm trying to imagine where the problem could be without any luck. Usually if someone is having a problem with their trigger finger it is caused by a sharply serrated/grooved trigger. Otherwise, it's usually the second knuckle that takes a beating against the triggerguard, but I've only heard of that happening with certain guns and larger cartridges.
Title: Re: finger protextion
Post by: Carl on July 22, 2017, 02:37:21 PM
 :popcorn:
Title: Re: finger protextion
Post by: Redman on July 23, 2017, 04:54:37 PM
:popcorn:

+1

I've fired up to 44 mag without problems. Nothing more powerful. I like my hands.
Title: Re: finger protextion
Post by: Carl on July 23, 2017, 05:18:54 PM
  Off hand ,I would say that you need to increase your grip strength so the recoil won't cause as much rotation in your hand and the trigger finger  will not get so abused. Your whole arm should move with recoil yet the grip should maintain gun position in the hand so the trigger or trigger guard will not bind the finger and I prefer to smooth and round off all sharp edges of the trigger and trigger guard also. I have fired 444 Marlin and 45-70 in a lightweight Thompson Contender also my favorite 'hard to shoot gun' is a Charter Arms Bulldog Pug with 44 Special +P rounds that are near 44 Mag level and they are very hard on the hand (though safe pressures) as the gun weights so little.I also shoot 357 Herrett and 308 in the TC.

  Grip the gun so your hand travels with the gun and you will fare btter,except when shooting single action as they are best when allowed to rotate in the grip and the finger pays the price then.
Title: Re: finger protection
Post by: POCKETS on August 01, 2017, 08:10:58 AM
I am shooting a Sig Sauer SC 9mm and I would say I have average size hands. The trigger and guard are smooth metal.  I will increase my grip.
Pockets
Title: Re: finger protection
Post by: Carl on August 01, 2017, 09:33:55 AM
I am shooting a Sig Sauer SC 9mm and I would say I have average size hands. The trigger and guard are smooth metal.  I will increase my grip.
Pockets

I suggest a good tennis ball or spring 'finger exerciser' and practice gripping with (empty gun) as hard a grip as you can for several repetitions a day ...without involving the trigger finger in the tension exercise and within three weeks you should see good improvement.

Also...the Sig is a great gun , I have a few full size ones ...the sub compact requires a solid grip or you might have a misfeed from time to time.
Title: Re: finger protextion
Post by: POCKETS on August 07, 2017, 11:05:56 AM
One way, that I think that will help alleviate my problem is to heavily tape my trigger finger.
Title: Re: finger protextion
Post by: Carl on August 07, 2017, 12:14:02 PM
  For practice ,where many shots are fired...maybe...
though trigger FEEL is important and tape will only isolate you further from your weapon while we want you better aquainted with it.
When you improve your grip ,your consistency and accuracy will improve
Title: Re: finger protection
Post by: Redman on August 08, 2017, 04:06:22 AM
I am shooting a Sig Sauer SC 9mm and I would say I have average size hands. The trigger and guard are smooth metal.  I will increase my grip.
Pockets

Ah, sort of a 1911 45 ACP lookalike. I was thought that with the 1911 one should take a death grip on it.
Title: Re: finger protextion
Post by: Shawlition on August 18, 2017, 10:18:36 PM
Gripmaster hand exercises work really well. I think they have some that look and feel like the curvature of handguns.
Title: Re: finger protextion
Post by: Davew223 on August 20, 2017, 11:35:46 AM
Watch this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChSazF41q-s

The part that pertains to your post starts at about 9' 30" but do watch the entire video, it's loaded with good information.

Jerry Miculek is not just another guy on the internet, this guy really is one of the best in the world.  Last time I saw him shoot in a match he "looked" slow but every shot was a hit and it was the fastest time for that stage at the match.
Title: Re: finger protextion
Post by: Carl on August 20, 2017, 12:00:40 PM
Watch this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChSazF41q-s

The part that pertains to your post starts at about 9' 30" but do watch the entire video, it's loaded with good information.

Jerry Miculek is not just another guy on the internet, this guy really is one of the best in the world.  Last time I saw him shoot in a match he "looked" slow but every shot was a hit and it was the fastest time for that stage at the match.

You know that you are talking about a neighbor and shootin' buddy of mine....he is a good as they come.
Title: Re: finger protextion
Post by: shadowalker_returns on August 21, 2017, 06:22:55 PM
do you have sweating palms? Have you tried using shooting gloves? I've found shooting gloves have helped some of my family members who were having grip problems.

Regards,
Shadowalker
Title: Re: finger protextion
Post by: POCKETS on September 06, 2017, 10:01:09 AM
Problem solved!  NEW handgun.
Title: Re: finger protextion
Post by: Carl on September 06, 2017, 02:53:15 PM
Problem solved!  NEW handgun.

So THAT'S why they make so many different kinds of hand gun......I thought it was to have a collector market. :)