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Old 04-07-2018, 01:33 PM
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Twice in my life I’ve been faced with an injury that seriously affected concealed carry. In the first, a careless moment with a jointer-planer required a skin graft and two surgeries on my right index and trigger finger. At the time I was still employed in federal law enforcement. I had previously developed my weak hand shooting skills and had no difficulty qualifying, reloading or carrying weak-handed once the dressing was removed.. This lasted about two months as I recall. During the month or so my right hand was wrapped, reloading would have been difficult but not impossible as my index and middle fingers were wrapped together. The revolver proved to be an easy gun with which to accommodate a hand injury provided I didn’t waste the first six rounds.

Well, on April 1st, and lending credence to my wife’s assertion that my brains are up my backside, I managed to fall down an entire flight of stairs at my son’s new home in North Carolina, scrambling my alleged brains and breaking my left clavicle or collarbone, requiring an ambulance ride to the hospital. The damage would have been greater had the staircase not been carpeted.

I had not qualified under HR 218, therefore, I could not carry a handgun while visiting NC. Once I realized I had survived the tumble, my next realization was that I had virtually no use of my left arm. The pain was too great and I didn’t need a semi-auto in my hands to know that racking the slide by any conventional means was out of the question. It would be some time before I could replenish a magazine or rack a slide.

There are a number of techniques for single-handedly racking the slide including against the holster itself. Of course, we don’t think about these things in advance. While single-stack handguns have finally returned to their rightful place in concealed carry and most gun battles are resolved in about four rounds, a spare magazine is still needed to replace a lost or dropped magazine or perhaps to clear a stoppage.

I would suggest that you try some one-handed reloading drills with your EDC using dummy ammunition just to prove to yourself that you can do it if needed. I checked on you tube and a number of different techniques are covered. These drills assume you were whole at the outset and were wounded in an exchange of gunfire. A handicap is a handicap, whether you suddenly acquired it or brought it with you.

One-handed reloading is sometimes taught in police training as a collateral issue but I’m not aware of any particular method being widely taught in the law enforcement community. Some training or tactical concepts are named for the instructors who pioneered them such as the Lindell Method or Tueller Principle. There are no named, one-handed reloading drills I'm aware of. Having the skill adds to your resourcefulness as well as your options when things don’t go as planned and the angel of bad luck has found you.
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Hang in there...hope you're better soon, federali.
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Old 04-08-2018, 12:31 PM
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Paul, I hate to hear of your accident and hope you mend quickly.

Get Fred to be your Aide-de-camp. He could do your bodyguardin' and it would keep him occupied so those cougars would back off from trying to get his standing rib roast recipe.
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Paul, I hate to hear of your accident and hope you mend quickly.

Get Fred to be your Aide-de-camp. He could do your bodyguardin' and it would keep him occupied so those cougars would back off from trying to get his standing rib roast recipe.
Rusty, the standing rib roast is now a Christmas day, only, meal. But, I did do the following last Friday. At my age any true cougar would be using a walker. Thank you NO.

Jewish sweet and sour brisket:

Ingredients:
•3 - 4 pounds beef brisket
•1 cup water
•1 cup ketchup
•1/2 cup white vinegar
•2 onions, sliced
•1 clove garlic, minced
•3/4 cup brown sugar
•3/4 tablespoon salt
•Black pepper to taste.
•Optional 1 large green pepper, sliced.
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1.Heat brisket in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook until browned on all sides. Stir in water, ketchup, vinegar, onions, garlic, brown sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Continue simmering until tender, turning brisket occasionally, 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours and 30 minutes.
2.Remove brisket and allow to cool before slicing the meat against the grain. Place brisket slices in a 9x13 inch baking pan or large platter and pour gravy on top. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove any excess fat and reheat, at 325 deg. for 30 or so minutes.

This guy is good and easy to do.
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Old 04-10-2018, 06:51 AM
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That sounds delicious, Fred!
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You bring up a valid point ,we all need to at least understand how to operate our chosen self defense firearm with one hand .Grant Cunningham teaches one hand reloading techniques for revolvers and has a good description of his methods in his book Gun Digest Book of the Revolver ( yea I am a fan ) .Ill be prayin for your speedy recovery and thanks for bringing up this important topic .
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Sorry to hear that and I hope and pray for a speedy recovery.
That's the goal here. Recovery.
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and try to have a 2nd with you until you do!

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Old 04-10-2018, 02:21 PM
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Ambidextrous holsters are super-handy. A lot easier to shift carry to an undamaged arm when making the switch just involves switching up a couple screws, rather than having to buy a new holster.

Best wishes for a speedy--and complete--recovery, Federali.
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Old 04-10-2018, 06:57 PM
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Darned good advice. Sorry to hear about your injury, God speed on your total recovery.
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Old 04-11-2018, 09:23 AM
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Heal quick, facing surgery myself and not looking forward to recovery.

For those who never thought about it: drop empty mag and holster firearm, fetch loaded mag and insert it into firearm, draw firearm and run slide. Depending upon your pockets, that might work out better for stashing the firearm than the holster. You'll probably also have to relocate your spare mag(s).

If you do have use of both hands, the slingshot method of racking the slide puts much less strain on the body than the opposed hands system. I learned this decades ago during surgical recovery.

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I have had to wear a back brace and use a walker for an extended period of time. makes concealed carry very difficult.

I first used a pouch on the walker, then found I could carry a holster CM9 in the top of the brace, near my arm pit and it would stay.

I finally just went not going out out until I was better and off-body carried in my desk drawer or my car arm rest.

I use a cane 50% of the time, a pain to carry both gun and cain, but it beats not carrying.
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One hand reloading ? carry a second gun (new York reload)
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Back when I was a crimefighter I had a tussle with a bad guy and broke my right hand on his head. (He was found to be a heroin addict on a methadone program; could not hurt him.)

Was off for nine (9) weeks but that did not limit my non-work activities. Simply wore my IWB holster on my left side...butt of M60-NY1 facing forward. Easy to draw; always had to qualify with the off hand so that was not an issue, either.

As an aside, would have taken a million bucks for me to hit him with my right once it was broken...and knew instantly that it was.
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Paul,I liked your approach. I am permanently disabled, and contemplate carrying when the injuries act up and I am in an area where I can carry.

When I had a shattered scapula, I was never told that the collar home was fractured, so my arm was in a sling and I was in a better position to do a reload. However, when my rotator cuff was repaired,my arm was in brace that kept my wrist at the same level as my shoulder. A two handed reload was out of the question.

One never contemplate how they will carrying when they are disabled,until the disability is thrust on them.
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Every serious shooter should be trained & practice using their gun of choce weal & strong hand, including reloading & all manner of malfunction drills. Ya just never know. One can easily be injured in a fight & being able to stay in it strong or weak one hand only, priceless.
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I have had to wear a back brace and use a walker for an extended period of time. makes concealed carry very difficult.

I first used a pouch on the walker, then found I could carry a holster CM9 in the top of the brace, near my arm pit and it would stay.

I finally just went not going out out until I was better and off-body carried in my desk drawer or my car arm rest.

I use a cane 50% of the time, a pain to carry both gun and cain, but it beats not carrying.
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