Do shooting gloves do anything? If so....


Shawn Michael
May 10, 2007, 03:35 AM
Just put 120 rounds of maxed 500gr through my .500mag. There are a few "tender" spots on my hand. (this is my second time shooting it and it is so fun, I couldnt stop wrapping the steel targets around the poles) I try to avoid gloves of any sort (for labor, boxing etc) in the belief that hands should toughen naturally, but this pistol is something...and my hands are pretty big so the grips feel too thin. I figure using gloves for this pistol will reduce the beating on my hands and make the grips feel more thick.

I plan to get some and then do another 120 of the same rounds and see what the difference (if any) is with those tender spots.

1) What are the best shooting gloves?

Thank you!!!!

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May 10, 2007, 03:49 AM
My girl friend loves her shooting gloves for her barky PM9. The slide serrations really start to mangle you in large volume shooting.

She just went out and bought $20 golf gloves.

May 10, 2007, 08:42 AM
I took one of my Wife's old weight lifting gloves, and glued a scrap of leather to span the web of her hand and the top of the thumb and index finger behind the knuckles.

Pretty much doubled the number of rounds she could fire before her hand got sore enough for it to be no fun to shoot. Being fingerless, trigger and control operations are not affected.

I figured we'd try this to see how much it helped and then buy her a P.A.S.T shooting glove, but its worked so well we don't feel the need to change.


1 old 0311
May 10, 2007, 08:48 AM
P.A.S.T has been selling them for years. Try Midway, or Natchezss

May 10, 2007, 09:01 AM
My wife is pretty prone to limpwristing my 9mm, especially towards the end of the shooting session when she gets more tired. She prefers shooting the
S&W 686+ now because there is no limpwristing that thing. Is there any shooting glove that would give her right wrist the necessary support, I want my 686 back;-)
Any advice on that would be very welcome

May 10, 2007, 10:36 AM
$12 baseball gloves at walmart or $18 mechanic's gloves at any auto store.
they do enough to stop the "bite" they also help in reloading mags, and keep your hands a bit cleaner. I wash mine in the sink about once a month to get the crud out.

Ben Shepherd
May 10, 2007, 10:36 AM
I've tried several brands. The best in my opinion?

Cabelas house brand. They're similar to weight lifting gloves in that the fingers are only covered to the first joint. They have leather palm and fingers, spandex back, with just a touch of gel in the web area, and an extra layer of leather around the second knuckle to protect you from the trigger guard.

I use them anytime I shoot something hotter than a 357. They really take the sting out of heavy 454 stuff.

May 10, 2007, 10:47 AM
Thanks Ben, I just looked up the cabelas shooting glove and that seems about exactly what i am looking for. I checked mechanix gloves and baseball gloves too and i think they would work excellent for reducing felt recoil but the ones you are suggesting seem to have that extra measure of wrist support that i think is necessary here.

May 10, 2007, 11:25 AM
the ones you are suggesting seem to have that extra measure of wrist support that i think is necessary here.

Why not go all the way? No perceived recoil, great support, really accurate:D :D :evil:

Sorry, I couldn't resist....

May 10, 2007, 11:28 AM
What are the best shooting gloves?

I use Nike golf gloves. The "regular" shooting gloves are much too thick for me.


May 10, 2007, 01:14 PM
TC in 45-70. I use an old pair of padded weight lifting gloves that I no longer lift with......otherwise, I don't use any.....chris3

May 10, 2007, 02:38 PM
bicycle gloves from Wal-Mart.
fingerless, gel in the right area, about $10.

May 10, 2007, 02:44 PM
Fencing gloves. Only I can't find mine.

May 10, 2007, 07:41 PM
I just use baseball batting gloves to prevent the checker board marks imprinted on my palm.

May 10, 2007, 07:55 PM
I'm not a fan of shooting gloves because they change my grip, feeld & ergos of the handgun I'm picking up...some even the trigger feel to. I prefer au-natural ;)

May 10, 2007, 08:03 PM
When I used to shoot a 44 mag a whole lot I used my fingerless padded motorcycle gloves the palms are padded just in the right place.

May 10, 2007, 08:07 PM
Boxing gloves.

May 10, 2007, 10:48 PM
Never like them, even in extreme cold or high recoil.

May 10, 2007, 10:49 PM
I've shot all kinds of handguns, but I never felt the need for shooting gloves
until I got a CZ RAMI in .40S&W. That little gun will hurt you after a few
Anytime I'm at the range and plan on firing more than 15 or 20 rounds through
the RAMI, I pull on a pair of gloves.
Or course the fact that I've developed arthritis in my hands in the last few
years might have something to do with that, but the gloves still help a lot.


May 10, 2007, 11:08 PM
Everlast weight lifting glove for me. But, only when shooting my .460. Otherwise, especially in SD guns, I don't want to practice with something that won't be around if I ever need to use it.

May 10, 2007, 11:31 PM
I try to avoid gloves of any sort (for labor, boxing etc)

You like boxing without boxing gloves? Isn't that called assault?

May 10, 2007, 11:33 PM
I agree with ball3060. TC 45/70 and 7-30 Waters. I dont have to use them while hunting but at the range it's different. Wal Mart weight lifting gloves

May 11, 2007, 12:05 AM
I can understand shooting powerful range/hunting handguns while wearing gloves. However, I am not sure it's a great idea to do so when training with a handgun you intend to use for defense unless you plan on wearing those gloves all the time.

Shawn Michael
May 11, 2007, 05:58 AM
I plan on doing a lot of shooting with the .500 and want to reduce wear and tear and thought a glove might help. The Cabelas looks good. I would only use the glove on the .500. Nothing else. I am going to put a red dot on the .500 and am sure I could shoot fine if the glove was not available! I do not care about the sore spot on the hand as much as I want to try the glove to see if I can shoot a lot longer.

The boxing without gloves is the same thing...(I meant hitting a heavy bag) if you have to defend yourself with your fist, you will not have a glove on so you need to know how and have your hand be conditioned for the real thing.

Thanks for replies, always enjoy the feedback

Ben Shepherd
May 11, 2007, 10:23 AM
I'm a pretty serious weightlifter(I weigh 220, bench max is 325). I use weight lifting gloves for that. But for shooting, I prefer those cabelas gloves by a wide margin.

Ther're just right. Very soft/supple leather, not too thick, and the padding is in the perfect spots. I reccomend you order them 1 size smaller than you think you'll need though.

Like posted above, I use them only for the hunting hand cannons(ALL the time). I don't use them with guns that serve the purpose of self defense.

Shawn Michael
May 12, 2007, 05:26 AM
thank, I think I am going to try the Cabelas gloves and shoot 100 rounds of heavy .500 mag and see if my hand is sore the next day.

Of course if I am hiking and I need to defend myself it might be a self defense gun!!!

Getting an ultra dot this weekend so should be intersting.

Thank you for replies

May 12, 2007, 09:08 AM
Do Shooting Gloves Work?

You mean like these (see post #1, 10th picture):

That is a pair of Bob Allen shooting gloves. New, they cost around $79.00. Of course that is "Joke"land (Oakland) County pricing. I like to use a shooting glove with my sharp recoiling pistols, and especially with the non-checkered pistols. I am selling this pair because the fingers are approximately 1/4 of an inch too long for me. I have short fingers. For me, I want for my fingers to reach the glove's ends very snugly.


May 12, 2007, 03:31 PM
I personally prefer raquetteball gloves...ultra thin & ultra-tight. Mine are Wilson. Here is another nice link:

Wow! Now these are really nice:


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