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Post by Scota4570 10/2/2023, 10:48 am

I recently paid way too much money for a high condition Officer's model for CMP competition.  I have several Smith K frames and could have preferred a M14 but none were available.  I got the Colt because of the high quality and reputation.  

Here is my issue, when I take a proper strong grip with the web of my hand up on the curve of the backstrap, my trigger finger is pointing down crossing over my middle finger.  The strain is at my physical limit. Reaching the trigger and pulling straight back is not possible for me.   

Double action fire is very awkward and uncomfortable.  Accurate shooting is impossible for me.  I do have short fingers and my hands are used up and stiff.  

I compared the Colt to my Smith K-frames.  The Smiths feel just fine.  The grip on the Colt has a longer trigger reach and the trigger is lower compared to the Smith.  To comfortably reach the trigger I have to grip it such that my pinkie finger is falling off the stock.  Even so I have to reach out for the trigger and pulling straight back is not possible.  

I have been around the target shooting game for 50 years.  I never read or heard of this issue.  Maybe I have tiny mutant hands? Am I doing something wrong?  

Thanks for your thoughts in advance,
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Post by JRV 10/2/2023, 11:07 am

Do you have service panel or target stocks on your Colt?

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Post by JRV 10/2/2023, 11:11 am

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What looks like what you have?

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Post by JRV 10/2/2023, 11:16 am

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And those are the factory target stocks on an earlier Trooper.  

I have heard the Colt’s called “a little big” before—they are bigger guns than the K-frames, and the grip dimensions and angles are more conducive to rolling recoil and single action fire—but I have never heard that the trigger position called “unusable” for adult-sized hands.

The beauty of revolvers is the stock options.

I have found the Pachmayr Presentation rubber stocks to have the “lowest” grip (they force the middle finger closer to the bottom of the trigger guard), so those might help your alignment problems.  They came in large and small sizes.

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Post by Scota4570 10/2/2023, 11:56 am

The pachmeyers may be an option.  I just checked the length from the web of my hand to the tip of my index finger and got 4 1/4".  My wife measures 4 3/4".  The short finger thing is an issue for me and accurate pistol shooting.  My zero wanders right and left because I am reaching for the trigger and taking a poor grip to do it.  .
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Post by JRV 10/2/2023, 12:02 pm

I compete with the Pachmayrs. I don’t have long fingers, so SA is my friend. I park my thumb on top of the cylinder release and thumbcock every shot, including in Rapid (two seconds per shot is a ton of time, just keep your focus on the front sight through the whole process).

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Post by John Dervis 10/2/2023, 12:26 pm

I had a Pre-War Officers Model like that once.  Mine had similar grips to yours although your picture is little tough for me to tell.  I found grip/trigger to be pretty awkward as well and my hands aren't really that small.  The grips panels themselves were pretty thin and the front to back dimension was narrow too.  The trigger pull itself has a longer arc than a S&W which probably doesn't help.  I always shoot Single Action so that longer pull didn't really affect me but I can see your difficulty if using DA.  I would try the rubber grips if you can.  They do fill in below the trigger guard pretty well and will change your grip up a bit.  That might be enough to get your hand at better angle.

Good luck.
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Post by Sa-tevp 10/3/2023, 4:49 pm

1951 Colt OMS with Herrett Shooting Stars with extra stippling.

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A lot of Herrett machine made stocks show up as NOS on fleabay.
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