Shooting a large caliber handgun can be a lot of fun, but it is not without physical strain that ranges from a bit uncomfortable to down right dangerous. A big revolver can “come back at you” with surprising force, and a careless hold can result in knots on your head – or worse. Different shooters have different levels of tolerance for handgun recoil, and what is too much for me might be just fine for you, but there are ways of helping to ease the pain. On my new-to-me .480 Ruger, for instance, I was lucky in that the previous owner had the foresight to buy me a barrel porting job from Mag-na-port. Although porting usually results in a louder muzzle blast, it can reduce recoil significantly. I also replaced the stock Hogue rubber grip with a “Tamer” grip from the same company that soaks up recoil with its soft gel insert.
Many times shooting gloves are recommended – especially for the really serious cartridges like the .454 Casull and larger. The brand I decided to try is from Pro Aim, and are available in full fingered, full finger with an open thumb, and half finger styles. These gloves have a padded palm to absorb recoil, plus a wrist brace built in to help support the “gun hand” and keep it straight and stiff. The company suggests these gloves may also be used as driving or weight lifting gloves, and I did steer a trip to the Beaumont area and back the first day I received them to try that function, and I found them quite comfortable. In fact, I wish I these had been available when I was suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome!
For shooting, the small amount I’ve done with them certainly seemed more pleasant than with bare hands, and I do not regret the purchase.They cushioned the blow of the .480 with full powered ammo, and made it easier to keep a good grip. Even the cut-out finger version covers to the first knuckle or so, with pad to protect said knuckle. While they are probably not necessary for hand gun hunting, an extended shooting session at the range would really demonstrate their value. They are also “aimed” – pardon the pun – at improving accuracy. The company claim that they work like a bench rest might be debatable, but they certainly do help hold your handgun steady. In fact, in some cases they are said to allow one-handed shooting of guns you would normally only fire with a two handed grip. As of right now, they cannot be ordered from the company website, but they do accept call-in orders, and shipping is prompt.
When demonstrating them to my old deckhand, “Six-Pack” Jack, he pointed out something perhaps only he would have noticed – that with the fingerless glove on, picking your(or HIS) nose does not require removing the glove – which can be a bit slow to get off.
For more information, or to order your own pair, go to www.Proaim.com, or call 1-623-262-4525.