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Am I doing it wrong?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Spec ops Grunt, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. Spec ops Grunt

    Spec ops Grunt Well-Known Member

    Went to shoot my 4-inch Speed six yesterday, now the web of my hand is sore. Was using a two handed hold high up on the revolver, like in the Jerry Miculek videos, but still.........

    It was just standard 125 grain factory loads too.
  2. Spec ops Grunt

    Spec ops Grunt Well-Known Member

    I think I was locking my elbows, was that it?
  3. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Does the web of your hand wrap up over the frame "horn?" You may be being bitten by the hammer as it reaches the rear of its travel.

    Empty the gun, and take your normal grip. Then dryfire slowly, watching the hammer instead of the target or the sights. Any contact? Could there be if your grip shifted slightly?

    If this is just sort of a "soft hands" issue where the frame is rubbing you a bit raw, take a few days off to heal up but then keep at it. Your skin will callous a bit and you'll never notice it again.

    MMCSRET Well-Known Member

    I had the same problem with a Security Six that I bought a couple years ago. It had a beautiful set of Herrett Shooting Stars on it, normally they are my favorite after market grip. On that SS they placed my hand all wrong, they hurt, trigger guard hit my, web strained. I replaced them with a set of Hogue one piece walnut smooth and it made all the difference. I use Herretts on Colts, S&W and Ruger single actions but not on the Security Six.
  5. Drail

    Drail Well-Known Member

    Locking your elbows will transfer the energy up through your elbows and shoulders. Are you describing pain that is down in your hand or are you showing a "strawberry" where the hammer comes back? It sounds like the frame above the grip was slamming back into your hand in such a way that some nerves in your hand were getting pummeled. Do any other handguns cause this for you? You might have to modify your grip slightly and not hold up so high on the grip frame or have the hammer bobbed a little if that's what is getting your web.
  6. Spec ops Grunt

    Spec ops Grunt Well-Known Member

    Its not hammer bite, it feels like what post #5 describes.
  7. Drail

    Drail Well-Known Member

    If it is smacking the palm of your hand hard enough to leave you in pain after shooting you are probably suffering some nerve damage. You absolutely do not want to do this, it can leave you in pain for a very long time. Do the grips on the gun leave the metal backstrap exposed? Some grips will cover and pad the backstrap (a little). It does sound like you are attempting to grip the gun a little too high. Shooting gloves are another consideration. Whatever you decide, don't let this gun hurt your hands. I have damaged mine from using tools over a lot of years and it's no fun. It gets worse as you age.
  8. Spec ops Grunt

    Spec ops Grunt Well-Known Member

    Backstrap is exposed.
  9. doc2rn

    doc2rn Well-Known Member

    I would reccomend getting a Hogue monogrip for that Security Six, I have them on all my Revolvers that I shoot regularly.
  10. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    I too am a fan of the Monogrip.

    It might solve your problem.
  11. Drail

    Drail Well-Known Member

    I agree with doc2rn's post. I have been a big fan of Hogue grips for many years. Many people say that they are really ugly (who cares?) but they do cause you to have a consistent grip which is a good thing. The Hogue Mongrip for the Rugers has a very pronounced hump at the top of the backstrap. Keep your hand below that hump and don't try to get up on it. Let us know if it helps you.
  12. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    I get razzed all the time because I have them on my Python.

    And they are right...it is...errr...incongruent with the elegance of the gun.

    But I have that baby to shoot...not set on a pedestal under a glass dome
  13. jrod

    jrod Well-Known Member

    I'd go with Pachmayer Grippers; Much more comfortable than Hogues IMHO. That's what I had on my Speed Six that I wish I still Had.
  14. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Well-Known Member

    jrod, it depends on your hand and what suits you. I hate Pachmayer Grippers on a Kframe. Hogue monogrip in rubber on a round butt k is great. Hogue monogrip on a Detective Special works well, too. I've used a rubber boot grip on a square butt Kframe and been very happy with it, too. But I found the Grippers unusable.

    Guy needs to try some different things out and see what makes his hand happy.
  15. mrbro

    mrbro Well-Known Member

    Either the pistol doesn't fit and it is moving in your hand, the surface is slick and it is moving, or the pounding on the web from the steel backstrap is causing the pain. Getting a set of Pachmayr grips, the ones that cover the backstrap, will address all 3.
  16. Quoheleth

    Quoheleth Well-Known Member

    Another option is use 158gr instead. IMHO, the 125gr stuff has a harder slap than the 158s.

    I can shoot heavier stuff longer (I won't say "all day") in relative comfort; the 125s hurt - and that's out of a GP100, Sp101 or Smith 28.

  17. Drail

    Drail Well-Known Member

    Your gun will thank you also shooting 158 gr. loads instead of the 125 gr stuff. I never understood the logic of lighter bullets.
  18. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    more velocity makes hollow points more like to expand
  19. oldfool

    oldfool Well-Known Member

    Hogue, or any similar, is a really good suggestion
    if the shoe fits, wear it, don't worry about looks

    mostly I suspect that exposed backstrap is unfriendly for OP, leastways with a 125 gr wt 357 load, or could be his grips are not true perfect flush tight fit at backstrap, have seen some aftermarket panel grips that didn't cinch down completely tight/smooth at backstrap, and that is pretty critical no matter what made of

    just trying on a shooting glove, (most any non-slippery glove from wallyworld would do, cutting off glove trigger finger optional), would be a quickie way to find out, paying close attention to how your hand feels before stacking up a high round count
    if the glove works out, then could hunt up some other grips of choice for the gun

    ultimately, it could be as simple as putting a little more "handle" on it
  20. Spec ops Grunt

    Spec ops Grunt Well-Known Member

    Went shooting again, it is smacking into the web of my hand. If I get a Hogue grip would it actually be pleasant to shoot? Or should I just go and trade it for a nice auto in 9mm?

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