Harder Than I Expected

26-Oct-14 – 20:56 by ToddG


Having received my SIG .22 kit, I was planning to go to the range for the first time this past Friday. Before heading out, I decided to do some dry firing. Result? I could not pull the double action trigger simply because my hand and forearm muscles had atrophied so much. There’s not a whole lot of valuable SIG DA/SA training to be had if you cannot pull the DA trigger, so I cancelled the range trip.

Nonetheless, I’m going tomorrow to get whatever I can out of the day. If nothing else I’ll get a chance to see how my elbow responds to recoil (I’ll shoot at least some of my normal Federal 124 +p HST carry ammo).

I see my physical therapist twice this week and my oncological orthopedist who did the elbow replacement. I’m going to get their opinion on whether they think the trigger finger strength issue is something that can be overcome. If so, I’ll drive on and just get some finger-specific exercises to work on. If not, odds are that I’ll need to switch to a different type of pistol with a lighter trigger pull. That’s definitely not my first choice, but having a gun I can’t shoot is definitely my last choice.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

  1. 17 Responses to “Harder Than I Expected”

  2. Thanks for taking the time to document the challenging times you are going through. I think it will help others in similar situations.

    While I have no way to know all the things you are going through, I’m sure someone of your skill and dedication will succeed.

    I have seen good shooters switch to their support hand in order to stay on the job. It was an uphill battle but they not only did it, but shot exceptionally well.

    Hopefully you don’t have to go to such an extreme fix, but it does show what a motivated person can do.

    Hang in there and take care of yourself. You’re in our thoughts.

    By justonegun on Oct 26, 2014

  3. Maybe a Sig P-226 SAO?

    By Paul on Oct 26, 2014

  4. justonegun — I’ve been aware of the potential need to switch my dominant hand since my right elbow first began giving me trouble. Unfortunately, the SIG is not ideal for left-handed shooters. It’s doable, but some other guns are much better.

    The other issue is that I’d obviously rather have a gun I can shoot with either hand in an emergency, so one that only works left-handed wouldn’t be optimal anyway.

    By ToddG on Oct 26, 2014

  5. VP9.

    By LittleLebowski on Oct 27, 2014

  6. Keep hanging in there, Todd. I imagine typing isn’t too easy these days either.

    By SteveJ on Oct 27, 2014

  7. Hang in there and keep us posted.

    Okie John

    By Okie John on Oct 27, 2014

  8. Todd, I had a stroke about 5 years ago and it resulted in loss of use for most of my right side(dominant). Like you I could not fathom not being able to shoot for pleasure or protection so I switched to left handed shooting. It was a struggle to say the least but as I practiced I found that I maintained greater accuracy by staying right eye dominant when aiming. With practice, strengthening my wrist via exercise and more practice, I am back where I was pre-stroke. I have found that it is not “what I can’t do” but rather how can I do it now.

    By George on Oct 27, 2014

  9. Rumor is that you may be able to get your hands on one of these things. As much as I’ve looked I’m pretty sure you have the only two in existence!


    Glad to see you are trying, most people give up at the thought of an uphill battle. You continue to be an inspiration in more ways than your shooting! Have fun tomorrow!

    By Chip on Oct 27, 2014

  10. That sucks…but I know you can shoot so you don’t have to demo; when can we have you back to Clackamas for Aim Faster Hit Smaller or whatever you call the class after AFHF.

    By Matt on Oct 27, 2014

  11. Continued thoughts and prayers for you, Todd.

    By Steve on Oct 28, 2014

  12. Back to a 1911?

    By JoshZ on Oct 28, 2014

  13. I would think there are a few options… probably more so for a carry and training weapon than a year-long test? 1911, P30 V1 LEM, not sure about their striker-fired weapons and so on.

    Keep your head up… It’s always a pleasure to receive e-mail notifications telling me that something was written. You and your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    By John K on Oct 29, 2014

  14. Just wanted to let you know I’ve been a long time reader and first time poster here (actually made my first post on the pistol forum but was banned “forever” by Tom_Jones with moderator note: PF isn’t really the place for astroturfy “online marketing”) …

    Anyways, what I was trying to say is that I think you’re a certified bad*ss buddy. Sucks that a lifetime of training is getting interrupted by this major surgery.

    My dad is working through a similar situation. He did carpentry his entire life and just lost a lot of fingers due to a saw accident. Thankfully, it was his non-dominant hand but he’s still having trouble having to work his way back.

    I’ll pray for ya bud — I’m sure you’ll be back out there embarrassing all us average shooters in no time :)

    All my best,

    By caleb on Oct 30, 2014

  15. Todd I wish you all the best in your recovery. Maybe you should switch to the Sig P320. I think a long term evaluation of this pistol is due.

    By Kurt Wheeler on Nov 1, 2014

  16. Hang in there!

    I’ll be praying for you and also maybe it’s time to break out the Warren 1911?

    By BWT on Nov 3, 2014

  17. I’ve been following PT.com for a long time. Since your last post in March, I was checking this site periodically just to see if you’re OK. Hang in there!

    By 0987654321 on Nov 8, 2014

  18. Still just glad you’re back.
    Still want to take AFHF.

    By Don Gwinn on Nov 8, 2014

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