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  1. #41
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    I am 65 and facing bypass surgery in less than a month. I am also fat...got that way after a stroke 20 years ago...I do have physical limitations, but I try very hard to build my training and action plans around those limitations...I am sure in a reactive situation, I would need to create some sort of distraction to let me react constructively. Not going to go over these techniques because every situation is different and I have no plans to give advice that won’t work when needed...this is something you need to work out for yourself.

  2. #42
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chainsaw76 View Post
    I have stiff fingers from arthritis and one day magnum pistols will be off the list for me.
    IMO that day is now.

    Osteoarthritis is a cumulative degeneration of the joints caused by "wear and tear". The more impact/work you put on the joints (over a certain level) the more degradation you're going to get.

    Shooting them very occasionally won't do much more damage, but if it were me, which honestly it pretty much is, I'd restrict my shooting of them. A lot. I've decided not to get a 10mm Glock because of wrist problems, and arthritis elsewhere in my body.

    Right now, I can carry and use any firearm I and most others own, but that won't last. One day, I will no longer be able to load ammo into my G19 magazines or rack the slide. I need to come up with some pistols I could still fire for SD and a longer arm for HD. Pondering my options.

    Would a Stakeout type .410 loaded with 00 Buck (4 ea) and a red dot or green laser be best for HD at bedroom distances, or would a pump .410 in riot gun config work better? I've even considered a Ruger 10/22 in .22 mag legally SBR'd because it is light weight, the mags are easy to load and the bolt cycles easily.
    If the problem is in your hands and wrists, either you won't be able to pull the trigger, or just about *any* shoulder fired weapon--one that transmits the recoil to the shoulder--would work.

    I know that Mossberg's aren't held in particularly high esteem here, but they have a SA-20 Youth Shotgun in a "tactical" configuration.


    I already have big dogs for alarm purposes and combat power, but what can be done besides that?

    any advice gents?
    Yeah. See a doctor who specializes in Occupational Therapy. Someone who wants to get you functional again. Then FOLLOW THEIR FOOKIN INSTRUCTIONS. TO THE LETTER. If it doesn't help, find another one. Eventually someone will be able to help you a little.

    Also:

    https://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis...nger-exercises

    https://www.amazon.com/Cando-10-0913...e%2Bputty&th=1
    Last edited by BillyOblivion; 12-14-2017 at 08:17 PM.

  3. #43
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmoore View Post
    It's interesting. Many of the double blind research reports say that there is no benefit to taking glucosamine or glucosamine with chondroitin.
    HOWEVER - my wife is a veterinarian, and she gives it to our dogs and to some of her patients - and the results can be AMAZING! There is NO PLACEBO EFFECT with critters, so I take that to mean that it has an actual physiological influence on the joints.

    geezer john
    https://examine.com/supplements/glucosamine/

    Links to studies there.

    Doesn't do very much, but in some cases can prevent further degradation for a while.

  4. #44
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    Its strange to read of so many of us in the same boat, I forget that more of here passed through the 60's than read about them, I always chuckle to my self when rememberingmy grand mothers advice, she lived to 97 yrs, drank a bottle of "good" scotch ever Sunday and 2 packs of her Kent's

    " OLD AGE AIN"T FOR SISSESS"
    All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it.

    Samuel Butler


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  5. #45
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chainsaw76 View Post
    Right now, I can carry and use any firearm I and most others own, but that won't last. One day, I will no longer be able to load ammo into my G19 magazines or rack the slide. I need to come up with some pistols I could still fire for SD and a longer arm for HD. Pondering my options.
    My advice is stick with G19 and don't worry about it. Though G17 might be easier. Loading mags can use a loader and is a range-only process. Pay some kid to load 25 at a time, then release an extended slide stop.

    Racking the slide will become tougher, no way around that, BUT that's an outlier event in the real world. In most real world self defense shootings, a Glock won't malfunction, and 15 rounds of hollow point 9mm will solve any solvable problem. You probably won't need to reload in your self defense shooting with a wondernine. You can still train for 90+% of what's likely to happen. No you're not a Seal candidate, but mostly you don't need to be.

    You can extend the racking capability with a DA/SA gun, then thumb back hammer before racking, or even shooting. Not ideal but when you have limiting choices, the main thing is to stay in the arena.
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  6. #46
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chainsaw76 View Post
    I'm 65 yo and while I exercise, walk, lift weights.

    .I have stiff fingers from arthritis

    any advice gents?

    jim
    Keep doing the exercise and deal with the inflammation.

    https://www.rapamycintherapy.com



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  7. #47
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    I moved from 12 ga to 20 years ago. With the new ammo available closeup in a warm climate I am not missing anything for HD.
    Joint pain can be a real equalizer. Recently my wife and I were talking about checking out some sexual aids. The 2 that came up were acetaminophen and Ace bandages!
    If you are near anyplace when you can get tai chi or chigong lessons, go for it. These are great exercises with little downside risk of injury.
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  8. #48
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    I came to this thread a little late, but Isometric exercises can help strengthen tendons and joints, which helps relieve the effects pf arthritis and tendinitis. Isometric exercises can also increase functional strength more quickly than other types workouts.

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