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I read on a post somewhere that they use a glove when shooting there P3AT to help with recoil. I don't remember if it was a golf glove or shooting glove or something else. The recoil doesn't affect me when I'm shooting but I do feel it in my hand after i'm done. So does anybody here use a glove?
 
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I used to get a blister on the palm of my hand where the bottom of the grip fit when I shot 50 rounds or more, so I used a glove for a while. Made it much more pleasant to shoot.
 

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I wouldn't don a glove at the shooting range for a P3AT for fear of getting laughed out of the place. It doesn't have THAT much recoil; it's only a .380 after all. A good slip on grip will help go a long way if you have sweaty palms though.
 

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I use the same leather work glove with the fingers cut off I use for riding gloves.



For social work its bare handed. ;)
 

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torrent said:
I wouldn't don a glove at the shooting range for a P3AT for fear of getting laughed out of the place.  It doesn't have THAT much recoil; it's only a .380 after all.  A good slip on grip will help go a long way if you have sweaty palms though.
Lucky for me my range is my driveway. I agree it doesn't have a nasty recoil, but i shoot 40 or 50 rounds and don't feel anything while shooting [probally Adrenalin] but get a sore spot around the palm and thumb web area when I'm done. That's why I like these gloves, they have recoil-dissipating AVG gel inserts and I have multiple guns that I can use them with. Not a bad deal for under $20.
 

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My hand used to get very sore in the thumb/index finger web after as few as 25 rounds (per hand) with my P-3AT. I would start to get a little sore and stiff after a few hours, then peak about 36 hours later. It affected my ability to use a keyboard (home and work), and very likely would have badly impaired my ability to defend myself with a firearm. In short, it was a real problem and a minor injury - not just a little inconvenience and me being a wuss. We are talking minor swelling and bruising, with temporary loss of some motor control.

After some research and speaking with a surgeon who works on carpal tunnel problems, I came to understand that this type of injury can eventually lead to weakness and/or chronic nerve pain (neuropathy), either of which could eventually limit or end my ability to so much as safely hold a firearm. The damage can be cumulative, and often permanent.

To date, no one has ever made fun of me at the range because of gloves. Consider that ear protection - universally expected now, was once treated in much the same way. May people ended up damaging their ears in the name of so-called "realistic" training, pleasing Granpa, etc. Now you have to wear ear pro at the range or risk getting scolded or kicked out. Will hand protection one day become ubiquitous in the way ear and eye protection are? Probably not - not everyone seems to need gloves to avoid damage to their hands. I only need it with the P-3AT after all. But if you don't have this problem, try and understand how fortunate you are, and don't give out bad advice to the people that do.
 

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+1 Pocketgun.

When I was young & stupid I didn't wear ear protection. Now I have to have almost everythign repeated.

BIG +1 on avoiding Carpal Tunnel injury!!!!!!!!!!
 
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