I carry this particular 1911 90% of the time, or a full size or 642 the other times. For some reason my 1911 has started to take a bite of skin from about an inch away from the web of my thumb when I practice. Normally I shoot around 200 rds every week with it. Can anyone help me with this dilemma? I do not know what I have done or am doing differently to allow this to happen. This development just started over 3 months ago. I have owned my gun about 3 years now.
Yes, Sam, that is what is happening, here are the pics that ATBACKPACKIN asked for.
February 27, 2012, 06:04 PM
Right there, last pic. The web of your thumb is creeping over the tail.
February 27, 2012, 06:09 PM
HMMmmmmm! The recoil is pretty manageable since I can put 50 rounds in the X at 25 yards or so I thought. Need to figure out if it is the slide kissing me or the hammer. Either way if this is the problem I think that a larger tail is needed. Somehow that does not sound right, no pun intended.
February 27, 2012, 06:14 PM
This is why some folks go with a beavertail set-up, with a combat hammer. I prefer the set-up exact as you have it.
February 27, 2012, 06:36 PM
I'm no expert but I would say you have "pudgey" hands. Please, no offense.
So I would consider your grip is too high. Try holding the damn thing a little lower on the grip. If this does not work, try a different firearm.
February 27, 2012, 06:40 PM
If this does not work, try a different firearm.
Or a glove.
February 27, 2012, 09:36 PM
The deeper you drop that pistol in your hand the more control you will have. A beavertail safety would solve your bump/bite problem and make your gun more controllable.
You could also bob it.
February 27, 2012, 10:04 PM
Right there, last pic. The web of your thumb is creeping over the tail. And visible in picture #1 and 3, to a lesser degree.
And if you took your off hand and simulated recoil, the pudge of your hand would be shoved even further up into the hammer-bite region. Under real recoil, the gun and hand will move in an unpredictable way, sometimes shoving the skin into the snappy hammer bite, sometimes not. If you can make it happen simulating recoil, it will happen eventually while shooting.
As to why it is happening now and not before ... my best guess is that you've either started gripping higher on the gun or changed the way your support hand interacts with the dominant hand.
Need to figure out if it is the slide kissing me or the hammer. I'd guess hammer, but if you really want to know for sure, put on a cheap and thin white cotton glove and mark it in black where the grip safety sits, black and red marks to the side are slide, red marks in the center are the hammer.
(hint, slide grease and carbon provide the black, YOU supply the red)
February 27, 2012, 11:23 PM
Grip is a tad too high.
I'd go with a beavertail, to keep that nice high grip.
February 27, 2012, 11:25 PM
I wonder if a flat MSH would help?
February 27, 2012, 11:27 PM
it's a meat eater............and it's hungry.
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