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    I remember in the last week. Someone mentioning about hand strength. Moving the slide on their gun. Changing...etc. Forget who it was.
    Saw this article. Makes sense. Made me think of that post.
    Also made me think of the old lady with a big ole revolver. Kinda makes sense now.
    I do wonder. If going to a full size gun. Wouldn't the slide be easier on a 9mm than a 45? Just thinking here...
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    "Wouldn't the slide be easier on a 9mm than a 45? Just thinking here..."

    It's a legitimate concern. Go to a gun store and ask a sales person to let you compare slide spring forces you need to overcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevejet View Post
    .... you need to overcome.
    Oh... I need to overcome. Ok.... got it.
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    Looks very interesting to me. I'm 83 and have carpal tunnel syndrome. My grip strength has evaporated. The thenar muscles in my thumbs have atrophied and my KelTec P3AT is the only semi that I can rack. Maybe this will work with my 9's or 40's.
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    Well I tried it and couldn't do it. Maybe I'll have to stick with my Taurus 605 SH2 titanium snubby. I haven't tried it lately. It's a 16-ounce .357 mag. I may have to load it with 38's or 38 +P's so that I can hang on to it. Some things about old age are kinda sucky!
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    Well this just got me to open the safe and take a look. Used the Kimber ultra and the Sig 228. Could not tell any difference.
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    One thing i don't recall ever seeing mentioned. If you have a hammer fired gun cock the hammer before racking the slide. The slide is doing that when you rack it and if you do it first you cut down on some of the resistance. Not saying it makes it 10 times easier but it may be enough for you to use a particular gun that you normally couldn't.
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    Little tip: instead of racking the slide, hold it and force/push the frame forward.
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    If you have an exposed hammer, cock it back first. That eliminates the main spring force you have to deal with (overcome) and leaves but the recoil spring. A lot easier that way.
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    I found the video in the article very informative and useful.

    I'm 73 and I've had bone spur surgery on both shoulders.

    I was using finger grip to handle the slide instead of fist grip back into the body core as she suggests. It makes a lot of difference.

    For my Kahr CM9, I cannot lock the slide back, even when I use her method. I can mount a magazine and slap-rack and do it that way.

    I can slap-rack the Kahr to clear malfunctions and stuff -- just not lock the slide back.

    Locking the slide manually is not a priority for me, so I'm good to go.

    Great article.
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