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Snubby biting my trigger finger

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by chanroc, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. chanroc

    chanroc Well-Known Member

    Just curious if this happens to anybody. I have a S&W 442 Airweight that likes to rip out a chunk of skin on the right side of my trigger finger. It usually happens after 20+ rounds. I have a Colt Cobra, Ruger SP101, and a S&W 586 snub and none of them do this. I have no clue what's going on other that it has to due with the recoil cause I have no issues when I dry fire. Also, I'm using standard pressure .38 loads (carry with Nyclads). I know that this revolver was made to be carried often/shot seldom, but I like to practice with my CCW piece now and then. I'm even thinking on trading it in on a Sig 238. Any thoughts/suggestions?
  2. boltbender

    boltbender Active Member

    I was having exactly the same problem with my 642. I actually saw the blood inside the trigger guard , just about where the trigger is at rest. It is definitely a recoil issue. I came up with a different handhold that not only cured the problem but allowed the attached group [the red is about an inch. I speak of my grip in the thread "revolver handhold" there is a picture near the end of the discussion

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  3. boltbender

    boltbender Active Member

    Shot from 15 yds.
  4. MissouriCrowinMass

    MissouriCrowinMass Well-Known Member

    I really like that "J" Frame Grip. Great posts.

    I agree that I let my trigger finger set the revolver in my strong hand. I find that thumb pressure in Pin Shooting really hurts my accuracy. I shoot much better with thumbs out straight, exerting no force on the frame. No so sure of that in a SD situation?
  5. chanroc

    chanroc Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the tip Boltbender. I'll have to give it a whirl after my finger heals up!
  6. TonyB

    TonyB Well-Known Member

    me too....
  7. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    Sometimes, the back edge of the trigger catches the meaty part of the finger between it and the frame.

    I've rounded that edge on more than one gun and it solves the problem for me.

    Of course, sometimes, people put too much of their finger on the trigger, exacerbating this problem. There is no need to go past the FIRST joint of the trigger finger.
  8. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Well-Known Member

    The back edge of the trigger on my 642 came quite sharp. It would sometimes pinch when I was dry firing weak hand, and very rarely strong hand. Shooting, it did it less, but it would still happen. I rounded both back edges lightly, and haven't had trouble since.
  9. boltbender

    boltbender Active Member

    I know a least in my case, it had nothing to do with sharp anything, as it was cumulative. After about 30 rounds of the bottom inside of the trigger guard smacking my trigger finger, right at the last joint, it wore through the skin. I now employ a gorilla grip, even to where the gun shakes a bit. Massad Ayoob says " if you ever have to actually draw your gun you will be shaking anyway so you might as well be used to it" This , along with the weak hand thumb over the back of the gun and there is almost no muzzle flip. I'll try to get a video.
  10. Dr_B

    Dr_B member

    I put 100 rounds through my S & W 642 the other day and had exactly this same problem. A piece of skin the size of a pencil eraser is missing from my right index finger. I noticed it after about 50 rounds and there was also blood on the gun. I figured it had something to do with the recoil. But it didn't bother me much because the gun is meant to be emptied once (maybe twice) in an emergency, not fired 100 times like I did.
  11. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Well-Known Member

    Yep, that happens to me too, only with certain guns.

    SOUTHPAW Well-Known Member

    Weird. This happens to a buddy of mine when he fired my new 642 but has yet to happen to me. All about how you grip and pull the trigger I guess... :confused:
  13. Resto Guy

    Resto Guy Well-Known Member

    I had the same issue with my 642 trigger biting my finger. Going with larger grips solved that problem and GREATLY improved my accuracy. I actually enjoy shooting it now, with no hand pain.
    I found the Hogue Monogrip and the Crimson Trace LG-305 to be the answer for me. I still pocket carry in a Robert Mika most of the time, and I've yet to enter a room and have escaping people screaming "a man with a gun". So much for it being too big to conceal.
  14. -eaux-

    -eaux- Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I'd think it's an issue of stocks that are too narrow, and a grip on the gun that has you trying to use too much finger. When you're practicing dryfire, concentrate on squeezing the trigger with the pad of your index finger, rather than wrapping your finger around the trigger and squeezing your fist to completely work the action. It may take quite a bit of practice to develop the finger/hand stregth to squeeze the trigger briskly and smoothly with the pad of your finger without altering your sight picture, but that's why they call it practice right? good luck!
  15. boltbender

    boltbender Active Member

    I've got the Crimson trace 305 as well and they do help. The beaten up trigger finger is addressed over the past few days on another thread. I recently bought a S&W mod 60 as a gun to practice with. It's very versatile and lots of carry over for my EDC 642.
  16. wep45

    wep45 Well-Known Member

    when i first fired my S&W model 649, the trigger would "bite" my finger on its return. :( recoil wasnt the problem, but it was the way i was gripping the revolver. i had too much finger on the trigger.:uhoh: now i use just the first finger pad (in front of the first joint) to pull the trigger and the "bite" problem has been solved.:) i also put on a hogue monogrip with a covered backstrap. larger grip area and room for all three fingers.:cool:

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