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A friend of mine who is an NRA instructor guides his clients with poor hand-strength towards the larger framed Bersa 9’s which are supposedly easier to rack.


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Here's some more info, answers and thoughts.

This is for older people asking me about firearms. So overall strength is the issue.
I always show them the hand over slide holding/frame pushing technic.

As above (older folks), so small usually adds some difficulty to the mix.

Totally forgot about the Beretta pop-up barreled pistols, the 86 is nice (however, not easy to come by).
I always stayed away from the 32 Tomcat for the frame issue.
And as most of us here, would like to stay with center fire ammo for reliability.

I kind of ruled out the CCP for a couple reasons:
1. The funky takedown on the original, I guess the new ones would be ok...
2. They don't show up in the stores around here too often.

Kind of forgot about the 238/938... as it seems like the 365 took over the Sig ccw role. Wink

Revolvers seem to be hit or miss with the folks I encounter.
I'll have to take a second look at the Ruger LCR when they hit the shelves again. But I recall them having a hefty DA pull.

Nothing wrong with the S&W, last couple bought an EZ 9MM.
Just getting some ideas and suggestions for the next time I get asked... as it's becoming more frequent.

The 365 has a great trigger and capacity, but the slide pull mostly kills it for people with strength issues.
Anyone make aftermarket slide parts (T handles) for the 365 to help?

Thanks for the ideas... please continue. Smile




 
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Revolvers seem to be hit or miss with the folks I encounter.
I'll have to take a second look at the Ruger LCR when they hit the shelves again. But I recall them having a hefty DA pull.


Definitely give the LCR another look if you get the chance. I don't own one because I already have a J-frame that I like, and I can't get over the funky appearance or the idea of a plastic revolver....but I have to admit there's some magic going on with the LCR trigger. It's far from heavy...long, light, and smooth would be the 3 words I'd use to describe the ones I've handled.
 
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Originally posted by Pipe Smoker:
It’s very easy to rack the slide of my .380 SIG P238 if its hammer is cocked. That can be done while its safety is at the SAFE position.

What he said. They're easy to shoot too, at least for me. The older I get, the better I like mine.
 
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Revolvers seem to be hit or miss with the folks I encounter.
I'll have to take a second look at the Ruger LCR when they hit the shelves again. But I recall them having a hefty DA pull.


Definitely give the LCR another look if you get the chance. I don't own one because I already have a J-frame that I like, and I can't get over the funky appearance or the idea of a plastic revolver....but I have to admit there's some magic going on with the LCR trigger. It's far from heavy...long, light, and smooth would be the 3 words I'd use to describe the ones I've handled.


In 2 words, Kahr like. Wink




 
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In 2 words, Kahr like.


Possibly. I've never shot a Kahr. Closest thing I've got experience with that I could compare it to would be a P250. Just SMOOOOOOTH!
 
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I don't know why I can't quote, but I'll echo
SigFreund above. I have a P250 in .380 that is a
pussycat to cycle.
 
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I just remembered the Browning .380 caliber 1911 pistols. Should be nice and easy... cool pistols.

https://www.browning.com/produ...911-380/current.html


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How's the actual felt recoil on a 9mm EZ? I've not shot one yet but I would have some concern about that for older folks or anyone with weak hands, considering how softly sprung the RSA is on that gun. I have shot the 380 EZ and that one is relatively soft on recoil, at least to me. Biggest downside is just how difficult .380 ammo has been to source over the last year. Makes the search for reasonably priced 9mm seem like child's play in comparison.


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My father bought the 9mm EZ after struggling to rack the 9mm Shield. He does not do well with recoil, is a relatively new shooter and had no problem with recoil. I’ve never shot the 380 version so I can not comment on the difference.


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I have fired several hundred rounds thru the 380 EZ including g Gold Dots. Recoil is mild.
 
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Of course it’s mild. It’s 380 and it isn’t blowback operated. It’s 380’s that are blowback operation that are snappy.

S&W made some good choices with the EZ.
 
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I have always thought a well cleaned and lubed Beretta 92 or variant thereof is one of the easiest racking semi-auto around.
 
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Technique can help a lot.
Don’t pull the slide.
Hold the gun up to your chest an push the grip, while holding the slide stationary.



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It’s a huge gun but HK USP has a easy slide. It’s the first gun my wife could actually rack the slide on her own!
 
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Ruger LC9 is extremely light to rack as well.



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