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Self-Defense Handgun and Ammo Options for People With Dexterity and Strength Issues

Many firearms owners feel they can't reliably manage their guns due to insufficient strength or deftness in working various systems. Here are a few handgun and ammo options for those facing these issues.

Self-Defense Handgun and Ammo Options for People With Dexterity and Strength Issues

New for 2021, the Ruger LCP Max is less than 1-inch wide and 11 ounces. The Max features a extended grip holding 10-plus-one rounds of .380. $449 (Photo by Jeremy Stafford)

According to a recent survey, many firearm owners do not have the physical ability needed to safely manipulate the slide, trigger or even manage the felt recoil of a handgun. For decades, the typical response would be to recommend a revolver or sub-caliber pistol. While that still might not be bad advice — and it is better than telling a person to call 9-1-1 and wait for police to respond — those type of handguns may not be the optimal solution for a concerned citizen wanting a defensive option.

DA Revolvers

While traditional double-action (DA) revolvers have their place, the long and usually heavy trigger pull can be difficult to manage. Thumb-cocking the...

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