I have noticed that since I have been away from shooting handguns for awhile (a whole lot of factors have kept me from shooting much lately) I now start to get tremors after about 30 rounds.
Before that, my shots are pretty accurate, good enough to take the face out of a silouhette target at 25 yards anyhow. But after that my muscles start to shake when I squeeze the trigger and I can't seem to calm them. It is almost like muscle failure when you are doing PT.
What can I do to start fixing this? I was a pretty good marksman with a handgun before and would like to get it back in a month or so.
Would going out and just shooting until I get tired every other day or so work to build my skills back up?
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April 29, 2007, 04:28 PM
Do exercises with a couple 5 pound dumbells, sungods...
April 29, 2007, 04:36 PM
What are you shooting and how much? I start getting a little hand quake after coping with repeated recoil from a few hundred rounds of .41 and .357. It seems to be inevitable if you shoot enough, though the more you shoot the more shooting it takes to develop.
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April 29, 2007, 04:38 PM
It is your grip. Get a hand grip squeezer use it at work, in your car, or watching T/V. In nothing flat it will go away.
April 29, 2007, 04:53 PM
You might also try breathing. Many times when you are 110% concentrating on your sight alignment and trigger squeeze, you forget to breathe, and the shakes are your body's way of telling you it is running out of oxygen.
Just my .02,
April 29, 2007, 05:30 PM
All good advice. Exercise in general is good. You'll also find that a couple weeks after you quit caffeine you'll have less muscle tremor.
April 29, 2007, 06:03 PM
Also, as with me, loosen your grip and just hold don't squeeze. I am just getting back into shooting also. I am working on quiting caffine, smoking and doing more exercise to help.
Oddly enough, I guess my love to shoot more then my "need" to kill myself! lol
April 29, 2007, 07:06 PM
It happens to me to if I go about 3 to 6 months without shooting. I have gone pretty consistently for the past several months, and the tremors have gone down significantly.
If I haven't go in a while, I can shoot 9mm almost forever with no issues, but go about 50 to 75 rounds of 0.40 or 50 rounds of 0.45, before I get slight tremor, almost like if you watch someone with Parkinson's. Very subtle.
However, if I have a crimson trace, it would not be so subtle, and I am sure my friends would wonder why I am so "nervous". Glad I don't own any lasers on my handguns, it would be embrassing if the tremors kicked in.
May 1, 2007, 09:50 PM
It is almost like muscle failure when you are doing PT.Probably exactly that. More shooting and lots of dry firing will improve your endurance.
May 1, 2007, 11:35 PM
I got some more ammo for my Glock and p.lan to get out and shoot it more regularly when I can.
May 2, 2007, 12:16 PM
I have the same problem, but only when shooting double stack semi's like glocks. It doesn't bother me when shooting revolvers of any caliber, or my encores in 44 mag or .308, or even my 1911. I think the tedious act of stuffing a tight magazine over and over really screws with my ability to hold it steady after several re-loadings. Anybody else notice this? I am considering getting one of those magazine loader thingies and trying it out next time I shoot a dbl stack to see if it makes a difference in my "staying power". I'm in pretty good physical shape, enjoy working with my hands and play guitar so I KNOW my grip power is OK. Just frustrating (and somewhat embarassing) when you're DONE after only 100 rounds of 9mm!:o
May 2, 2007, 12:53 PM
Yep, it's a case of losing, then using, the tiny muscle motor skills, that many don't realize are the super fine tuning muscles that keep one from shaking, or losing balance after a short time. It also is the the relearning curve of reactivating them, and the spasms are their way of saying, at the moment, they're being stretched out beyond what they where, should be, and will be, with continued usage.
And, it comes with relaxing, and not giving in, mentally to the effect and, good breathing will supply the oxygen that is required for all to function well in the hands.
Give it time.
PS.. Baby aspirin will help in thinning the blood for the finer areas of circulation that the blood delivers that oxygen to both the nerves and muscles, as well.
May 5, 2007, 10:19 AM
It could be your grip. You may be gripping too tightly.