fitting gun for handicapped shooter

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Aug 3, 2006
We have been asked to help set up a hunting rifle for a young man who lost his right hand and has a prosthetic hook from the wrist down. I have built several rifles for handicapped people even some for paraplegics and we have set up some strange but safe and affective devises. but this one stumps me maybe because I met this guy and was affected by his story. If anyone has an idea on some way to do this lets hear it.
I just received a suggestion from one of our first year gunsmith apprentices (also the youngest apprentice in the program 16 yrs old) that I think will work, it uses a bullpup trigger configuration with a pistol grip on the forearm and the trigger in the pistol grip. The shooter would still have the feel of the trigger.
That's one suggestion anyway.
Is there anything else in the Handicapped person's system that will be damaged or affected by recoil, blast or bright flash?

I point to a number of Marines and Soldiers who have endured combat losses of limbs and gone back in to active duty and redeploy sometimes with greater ability provided by the artificial devices.

There is talk of new exo systems that fit onto a human and provides power and assist these days.

We are moving into a brave new world with this. But pray tell, I am curious to learn more about this person's story.
I knew one shooter missing his right hand and with a standard elastic band operated hook prosthetic.

He used a modification of the M1 rifle winter trigger system.
The M1 winter trigger is a lever system that attaches to the trigger guard and operates the trigger by squeezing or pressing a lever that projects back from the trigger guard near the stock's grip.

The shooter held the rifle with the left hand and simply used his right hook to press the lever up to fire.
May not help the choice but last year I saw a older veteran at a local club's Battle of the Bulge shooting a Garand with his one remaining arm. It was amazing to say the least. Two years ago a Marine who had the use of one arm did great with his AR15 during a local match. If the will is there, they will find a way to overcome the disability.
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