Carpal tunnel and range time

I have carpal tunnel in my right hand occasionally. I really enjoy shooting my 9mm at the range but sometimes when I have carpal tunnel flares it’s not comfortable for me too shoot it, let alone even go to the range. Does anybody have this problem and if so, what works for you too make shooting your firearm comfortable? Do you use tactical shooting gloves or any particular recoil reducing sleeves over your handgun’s grip?

I own and conceal carry a Taurus G2C btw.

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That’s a drag. I’ve not experienced carpel tunnel but have had arthritis issues in my hands at times.

When that happens I take a .22 to the range and leave the 9mm at home.

If you don’t have a .22 (everyone should have at least one), find one as close to similar as the 9mm you shoot. Same manual of arms, grip angle, trigger, sights, weight etc. From what I’ve read, Taurus makes a great .22 but I don’t have one.

That way you can keep your skills sharpened and enjoy the smell of gun powder when the CP flares up.

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I fortunately don’t have carpel tunnel but I do have an injured finger at the moment that makes gripping a pistol hard enough to control recoil very uncomfortable.

Agree with @SkippySanchez that a .22 may be the way to go. Another option is dryfire practice at home. With a laser cartridge for your pistol or a SIRT pistol and some interesting targets placed around the house you can get some solid practice in that will definitely improve your live fire skills. Not as much fun as live fire but you can practice a lot of techniques like drawing while moving that most ranges don’t allow.

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I feel for you brother. Well I don’t have carpal tunnel I have bilateral ulnar nerve damage in both elbows resulting in neuropathy in both forearms and hands as well as arthritis in both hands. I still try to go to the range once a week but usually limit my rounds to about a hundred to 150.

Couple of things I do to minimize discomfort. First thing is I use talon grips on my micro nines. They allow for a more positive hold without exerting as much pressure. You still have to be able to keep your wrists firm. Second thing I do is I try and use 147 grain loads as The recoil is less snappy but there are also good defense loads and 147 grain that will get the job done. The last thing I do is I do not shoot continuously. I take breaks. I’ll shoot double and triple tap drills for center Mass and after about 20 to 30 rounds I sit down and give my hands a break for a couple of minutes. Considering I also have arthritis pretty bad in my lower spine my back appreciates the break also. All that said there’s still some discomfort to tolerate but for me it’s worth the effort.

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I have had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands. The right/dominant one needs it again. I wear ProFitness brand weight lifting wrist bands and find they provide a lot of relief when shooting. I bought mine from Amazon but they are not in stock right now https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07D7RQQ2S?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

I shoot 9mm, 40 S&W, and 10mm.

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I also find shooting my micro nine causes the most discomfort. I figure if I ever need it I probably won’t notice :grinning:

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@Lakerfan34
I have noticed it happening to me sometimes also so it becomes hard for me to practice. It flares up when I am shooting at the range. It is hard to get a good grip on the pistol when it occurs. I am not sure even shooting gloves would help. I have also gotten arthritis in my knuckles and that is a pain in the rear end. I have just been dealing with it the best I can. I conceal carry an M&P 9mm Shield Plus Performance Center and it is small and snappy.

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I had cts surgery in '93, both wrists. After the surgery they had me go to therapy, in the therapy sessions they gave me stretching exercises to do. One exercise is to touch each finger to your thumb, and stretch them out straight. Another was to make a fist from full open hand to full close, pausing half way. the emphasis would be on stretching your muscles 10 times each, the muscles and tendons that go to your hands go through the carpal tunnel ,with age and through use these tendons will swell and rub against the inside of the tunnel, aggravating it and causing pain. The surgery cuts open the tunnel and it kind of springs open and heals a little larger. The exercises stretch out the tendons so they don’t rub. I’m not a doctor just a retired meatcutter. So still today 30 years later, I do these stretching exercises daily. And I’m sure you could find additional exercises on the internet, just Google " Carpal Tunnel Syndrome". Good luck friend.

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+1 on exercises

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I use 115 grain and they’re not too bad. Thanks man.

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I have a Ruger .22 wrangler revolver that I shoot occasionally. It helps me to maintain my marksmanship skills when my hands are hurting. Thank you all for the replies. I appreciate it. :slightly_smiling_face:

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I started carrying a set of tactical gloves with a kevlar and chain mail palm and knuckles. I had an issue in Oct. 2022. That I had to react to a split charge by 2 young adults. I decided to keep them with me for safer more secure dual hand weapons manipulation. I also keep a “survival” bracelet with me. Keep both on a D Ring attached to my belt loop.

I’ve started caring more about my ability to overcome a problem to my family and I’s safety, than what someone thinks of me.

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Dont have carpal tunnel but I’ve done jobs where developing it is common, like the over 7yrs I drove school bus…

When I had a sprained elbow and brused radial nerve, I could not use my hand/arm and when I did use my hand, had virtually no strength…

Shooting a Mark 4 22lr pistol was nice and easy… some things were harder but overall, the 22 was good to shoot with…

There are still handguns and other platforms that are a bit more difficult for me as im rebuilding my hand strength. Shot a box of 10mm and my arm was sore for a couple days…

When in doubt, the Mark 4 pistol is nice and easy to shoot…

Btw, love th G2C, its a great pistol, I use it to train new gun owners as it has great grooves for where to rest your fingers not on the trigger…

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For a 9mm it’s not too bad with recoil due too it’s mid size but after a while at the range if my hand is hurting I have too stop shooting it. I’ve thought about getting a hogue grip or something for it but don’t know if they are available for my particular make and model. I can look.

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@Lakerfan34 Have you checked bowling ball wrist supports? Check them out on Amazon, or at your local sporting goods whse, like Dick’s Sporting Warehouse or the like if any in your area.

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I have a wrist brace around my apartment somewhere but I’ve gotta find it. Those are really helpful. If I can’t find it I’ll have to order another one because it helps tremendously. Usually I wear it when I go to bed or take naps.

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When my carpal tunnel flares up it usually affects the joints at the bottom of my thumb and index finger. Also the soft padding under the bottom of my thumb on my right palm. My left hand doesn’t affect me much since I’m right handed.

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The finger groove on the G2C is one of the things I like about it. that and the resetting trigger, and the price, size, capacity. I went from a Glock 43 to the Taurus for these reasons. And for Lakerfan34, when I had flareups from cts the wrist braces helped calm them down a bit. Without the braces, when I went to bed at night it felt like a bear trap on my arms. With the braces it was easier to sleep. This is why I eventually had the surgery. but seriously get some stretching, it could prevent the need for surgery.

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I had a trip to the surgeon’s office two years ago due to pain in my index finger (left hand, trigger finger).
He’s a plastic surgeon to be precise.
So, two concerns: work where I write a lot, and self-defense.

He gave me a brace and asked me to return after two months if it didn’t help.
It did and saved me a second trip to his office.

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I forgot my wrist bands when I went to the range today. I am actually glad I did because I discovered my grip has degraded enough that with a full magazine plus one I had several Failures To Feed. Since I won’t be wearing wrist bands if a firearm is needed for self defense, I will not be loading carry nor home defense pistols +1 from now on.

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