Beware Radical Changes in Stature


January 22, 2014, 10:42 PM
I cashed out my autoloaders in favor of revolvers a few years ago, and I thought the reason might be of interest here.

I had been shooting semi's for about 20 years, and went through the police academy with Ruger's P89. I got the P90 when I got my CHL.

Years passed, and I went to work at Bass Pro for a while.

A few months later I had to requalify for my CHL.
I spent the entire range session doing the tap-rack drill on my P90 that had never given me a moment's trouble in the 10 years I'd owned it. Everytime I pulled the trigger, the magazine ejected from the pistol.
I managed to qualify in spite of the malfunctions, but the situation was just bizarre.

When I got home, I tore that pistol down to the pins looking for anything bent, broken, or out of place.
Nothing. Everything looked factory fresh.

I reassembled it and took my usual firm Weaver stance trying to figure out if I had changed my hand postiion somehow.
While I was turning the pistol this way and that my right middle finger slipped between the index and middle fingers of my left hand, and the magazine dropped on the floor.

The problem was two-fold.
1. I am left handed, and the magazine catch is on the left side of the frame on the P90, but it had never been an issue in the past.
2. Working as Bass Pro was a lot more physical than my normal day job.

I had lost about 15-20 pounds while working at the store and my fingers skinny enough that under recoil, the middle finger of my right hand would hit the magazine release when using a Weaver stance.

The P90 had to go because I can't risk my EDC gun not working in an emergency. That was the day I switched to a Ruger SP101.

Considering the number of folks on diets these days, I thought I would share my adventure as a warning to beware of changes in your body as weight loss becomes pronounced. It may not be just your pants that need to be altered.

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January 23, 2014, 04:19 AM
Have you considered a semi-auto w/an ambidextrous mag release?

January 23, 2014, 05:34 AM
Modernhoglegs, thanks for sharing, an interesting observation and reminder that as we all age and change over the years, the gun that seemed perfect at one point may not be so perfect after all.

A couple of other thoughts--the Walther PPS has a lever-like ambi mag release built into the triggerguard that might work for you. And there are still plenty of older, European pistols with the mag relase on the heel of the grip. Then again, there's nothing wrong with a good wheelgun!

January 23, 2014, 08:57 AM
Interesting observation in changes to your weight.

Along those lines, I've noticed that since I began lifting weights a couple years ago, I experience much less fatigue and have become much less recoil sensitive than I was in the past.

January 23, 2014, 07:19 PM

I'm quite familiar with the european heel based mag release, and the Walther version you mentioned.

My solution was to go the the wheelgun because I also have to consider that my Mrs isn't a shooter, and she might need to use the house gun.

One manual of arms for everything that shoots kinda makes sense in my home because the Mrs will not take the time to learn the semi drills, bug she will shoot a revolver.

January 23, 2014, 07:26 PM
Cheesecake, lots of cheesecake.

January 23, 2014, 07:41 PM
Just goes to show semi-autos are a passing fancy.

January 23, 2014, 07:44 PM
Or another black mark against the old Weaver stance.

January 23, 2014, 09:24 PM
Heck, there wasn't a problem until he took that job. That wasn't the gun's fault. Greed was the problem. Or wanting to eat.

January 24, 2014, 05:10 PM
I lost over 140 lb after my wife passed but I never seemed to gain or loose in my hands and fingers. Waist concealed carry and open carry while in a car seat got a lot more viable however.


January 25, 2014, 07:33 AM
That's what they call a "good problem to have".

January 25, 2014, 08:44 AM
I always knew that working and losing weight were bad for you. Now I'll just cite this when someone says I should do either.

January 25, 2014, 10:10 AM
Good thing to think about and ...22 pounds since Jan 2, 2014.....


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