It’s a fact that as one reaches his or her senior years, conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, and ye ol’ peepers can spoil some of the fun of target shooting or compromise your ability to protect yourself. At the DC, Massad Ayoob discusses whether older folks need different guns:
A lot of my friends who are past 60 have gone from .45 to 9mm, at least in part because it simply beats up their hands and wrists less in extended shooting sessions. A student who trained with me many years ago returned to take a refresher a few months ago. In his mid-80s now, he was struggling to work the slide of his Colt Commander, and could no longer reload it with the lightning speed he had 20 years ago. Cumulative nerve damage and arthritis had taken their toll.
Much more, including some recommendations, in the article at the link. I myself have mild arthritis in my hands (and elbows) and I’m pleased that he likes the Ruger LCR that I recently purchased. And yes, I mostly practice with .38.
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