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Old 12-22-2019, 18:10   #1
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1st. time since hand surgeries......

as the title says, today was the 1st time since March that i've been able to blast away with my .45 acp 1911s.
had carpal tunnel ops on both hands and impact damage correction on the knuckle banks on both hands.
I learned this today...........

Right hand...I can fire as much as I like, as fast as I like, no pain, great accuracy, as JMB intended in 1905.

Two handed.....I can fire as much as I like, as fast as I like, slight pain from Left hand.

Left hand......one single round makes me want to drop to my knees, vomit, and cry, in that order....something obviously went terribly wrong with the impact damage surgery on this hand.

but I can still drop 5" plates at 25 yards regularly right handed, so i'm happy.

Edit: the plates @ 25 is with my hot-rodded ATI Commander 4.5" that has had EVERYTHING but the frame & slide replaced with Wilson Combat, Ed Brown, and Pachmayr American Legend parts shooting handloads for this exact purpose.

My EDC " GET OFF ME " gun is a Sig Ultra Compact 3.3" 7 shot that is bone stock and using Critical Defense JHPs will "point & shoot" a 6" target 4/7 shots every mag......6 or 7/7 if I actually aim.....at 12.5 yards.

I just returned from the joy of relaxing with a Guinness Draught while I field strip, clean, dry, and oil my 1911s.......and q-tip the FP channel perfectly dry.
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Old 12-23-2019, 11:55   #2
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Rocky, as much as I love my 1911 and 92FS, my .380 Bersa Thunder Combat is my favorite! Doesn't have the impact, but still enough to stop a threat (perhaps requiring a few more rounds) and quicker follow-up shots.

As I age and decline, I adapt: .380 for 9mm/.45ACP, auto trans versus 4-5 speed, microwave versus conventional oven, MP3 versus tapes and CDs and LPs and .45s, power tools versus hand tools, and battery-powered mowers/chain-saws/trimmers versus gas-powered.

And PCs versus typewriters (at the simplest base).

Nonetheless, I have my present barriers: I still use a flip-phone, with no texting...Still have my timing light and dwell meter for my '69 Road Runner...

To each our own...
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Old 12-24-2019, 00:26   #3
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OMG RJ I slammed my left middle finger into my steering wheel when I got home from work a half hour ago.......and i'm glad I was parked because I almost fainted!
Dark around the edges and everything blurry i'm saying....then the pure endorphine rush that made me high as a kite for 10 minutes!!
I've broken arms / legs / hands / & feet w/o THAT much pain.....
My Ortho Surgeon say's..." it's just really REALLY bad arthritis, but i'm convinced he screwed up the surgery and i'm about to see a different Ortho to find out what's REALLY up with my left hand knuckles..........
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I have a Springfield armory 1911 A-1 bone stock. I have RA so like you my hands are not in the best shape. I enjoy shooting my 1911 with mild loads at seven to ten yards. I shoot home cast 230gr bullets using a Lee 452-230-2R mold. I cast these bullets from lead wheel weights as they come out of the mold no need to size them I just tumble lube them with LLA. I load the same bullets in 45Colt for my Walkercolt with a 45Colt cylinder. I like to use Trail Boss powder. Trail Boss powder is a very bulky powder a one-pound container weighs eight ounces. It can be used to load almost anything. To work up a load mark a case where the bottom of the bullet will be seated fill the case to the mark. Weigh the powder this is your max load. Seventy percent is your starting load. This powder is perfect for using a dipper to charge the cases. You can use Trail Boss when loading for pistols when using cast bullets. For loading rifles, you can use Trail Boss for both cast and jacketed bullets. One rule when loading with Trail Boss is that it should not be compressed. My 30-30 Winchester likes Lee 113gr soup cans and Trail Boss.

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Rocky, getting old sucks, and isn't for wimps.

I adapt, mostly. Sometimes it is monumental (e.g. DOS 6.1 to Win XP to Win 7), sometimes seemingly insignificant (e.g. 4-speed to auto trans).

My adjustment from a 92FS or 1911 to a .380 was long in the making, with a gradual weight loss from 165 to my present (on a great day!) 130. Part of it is age, but mostly medical, with Stage III prostate cancer being the most likely reason.

I don't feel under-gunned: many hits with a .380 are far better than many missed with something bigger. As funny as it sounds, in my house the .380 is my primary and the 92FS and 1911 are back-up. I won't give them up for any reason, but my .380 is always within reach.

Then there is a 12G shotgun, M1 Carbine, and Mini-14 should things get real exciting...

It will be a sad day when I need to resort to a .22LR, but my primary one is a duplicate to my Bersa .380, so actions, holsters, etc. are identical, so I don't foresee this happening anytime soon. At least there are Stingers and Velocitors...

Should I have hand/wrist surgery as our OP, then I would comfortably carry my Bersa .22 loaded up with Velocitors and/or Stingers. I practice with both, as well as with my identical .380 Thunder, so actions are the same - no "learning curve".

I'll just stay at home should I need to resort to BBs...
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