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I'm 74 y/o now, and for about the past 5 years, my hands shake. Went to a Neurologist to be sure it was not Parkinson's. Turns out it's Familial Essential Tremors, genetic, my grandfather had the shakes.


The shakes are killing my target scores, I find a heavier pistol is steadier, especially if they have a larger grip. I can shoot my PPS M2 pretty well, -grip size and weight, whereas my P22 with it's lighter weight and smaller grip is really bad. Thinking of trading it for a PPS M2 in 22 cal.


Does anyone with a similar affliction have any sort of solution? Trying no coffee, and breathing, grip tension, whether strong or light, doesn't seem to make a difference.
 

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You could try making (or buying) a pistol sling that goes across your back and helps stabilize your pistol when you press it out to the firing position. You could also fire your pistol from a supported position (elbows on table or leaning against a wall with your firing shoulder or arm in contact with the wall.) Alternatively, just recognize aging eventually degrades eveyones' shooting ability . . . I do most of my shooting at 7 yards or less at a silhouette target with a flash sight picture. For me, at close range, front sight alignment to target is more important than slght picture.
 

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I usually blame it on the ammo.....or, the targets moving....or, the wind....other shooters, the gun....anything but me. If you like heavier have you considered a Buckmark or any number of Ruger MK pistols. Those are all 100%, accurate and will last a few hundred years. Don't forget....benches for shaky people. :p 1917
 

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I don't want a real target pistol, I can just imagine the looks I'd get shooting a Mk IV with a shot pattern all over creation.
What other 22lr pistols are there that are not target pistols, but rather plinkers, which is what I do. Right now , I have the S&W MP full size, and the Walther PPQ, the GSG Firefly , and that's kind of it right now.
 

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I wouldn't worry about what other people think, I seldom do. There's people at the range who shoot at a target three feet away and it looks they were engaging it with a shot gun 100 yards off. Every time they manage to hit the actual target on the sheet of paper, there is great rejoicing.
 

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I don't have FET but at 72 I understand your concerns.


The problem may simply be that you are using pre FET benchmarks to grade your shooting ability. You don't need a top SCORE to adequately use your gun for self or home protection.


Replace your scoring targets with a paper plate, 3X5 card, 3-inch Post-it, or even a 1.5"X2" neon Post-it where success is measured by a hit, not a SCORE.


It seems to me that taking the time to aim a shot for an X ring score only increases the likelihood that FET shakes will intrude on your results.


I wish you the best.
 

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You need one of my tactical gyroscopic pistol stabilizers. It is powered by blow back gasses. The faster you shoot, the faster the gyro spins and the steadier it is. After ten shots you can release the pistol and it will maintain its position, mid air. If you are reasonably fast...you can have another mag in it before it destabilizes. Rugers are plinkers too....perhaps a U22 Neos would work.

These guys have it right. Shooting is for fun for most of us. I like a big chunk of steel myself.. 30" dia works...like to hear it ring. 1917
 

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Don't worry about scores. As long as you can safely have fun shooting enjoy it for what it is....fun. You can also consider transitioning to bipod shooting. The Ruger Charger is a fun pistol that might be just what the Dr. ordered.
 

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FET is an interesting subject, so I did a bit of searching on the internet and found a ton of info.


There are a host of things a sufferer can do from meditation, vitamins, resistance training, weight loss if obese, even a glass of wine and more.
 

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My time is coming and I agree that MkIV might be a little funny.

Maybe a wheel gun would be cool. Off the top of my head...

-Smith & Wesson K-22 Masterpiece would be stylish especially if you dress up a little. I nearly had one of those rascals but the deal didn’t quite go through.
-Ruger GP100s come with 10-shot cylinders
-or maybe a Single Six

I respect a good looking wheel gun and if the guy holding it happens to look a little more experienced in life, I’m respectfully wary.

Glad you’re still shooting. Let us know how things go.



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I want to thank you all for your kind support, I guess I'm not yet accepting my current situation. It's just something I need to confront. Shooting at a paper plate at 21 feet, and only getting 60% into the plate, with my 5" Walther P22 is just a hard pill to swallow.
 

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Does this effect both hands? Does a two hand hold help? My left hand shakes more than my right. Dad had a light case of Parkinson's. I just enjoy shooting and hearing the round hit or the dust fly. With steel...I don't worry about groups....just like the sound of hitting it. I have my own range though so I can put anything I want out there and not have to haul it or remove it . 1917
 

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My right hand shakes more than my left, but not by enough to warrant trying to shoot left-handed. I'm trying to figure a means by way of grip adjustment, that I can steady my right hand. So far, I found if I push down on my right thumb with my left thumb to the point of some discomfort, it seems to steady my hand. I'm also going to try the bicycle inner tube trick to thicken the grip on my P22, as larger grips seem to steady my hand.



Getting old is not for wimps.
 

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Tell me about it....skin cancer for 35 years, diabetes for 15, bladder cancer for 2 years and now prostate cancer. Other than that I'm in good shape. :p Eyesight isn't what it once was either. Still, I could hike 10 miles in the mountains today if I weren't digging a new trench for a gas line to my tall gas lamp, prepping a 12" dia Japanese Maple for moving tomorrow, pressure washing a riding mower for the installation of new parts so it will be ready to rock and roll at the farm next trip over and in the process of building a carport/storage room. Let me tell you. Those rough sawn 16' - 8x8 pine timbers are heavy. Clients are just going to have to wait a few weeks before getting back to their projects. 1917
 

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There are a host of things a sufferer can do from meditation, vitamins, resistance training, weight loss if obese, even a glass of wine and more.
I don't suffer from essential tremor myself, but a friend who does confirmed that alcohol is effective for him. And, in his case, it was quite a small amount... probably less than an ounce (so, at 12-13% by volume, this would be even less than a glass of wine). He is, otherwise, a non-drinker, so that may account for such a small effective dose.

Obviously, YMMV. ;-)

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I’m a physician and a PPQ owner. Ask your neurologist about a prescription for propranolol. It works most of the time for essential tremors and if not eliminated, the intention tremors like writing or holding a pistol are much diminished. It’s cheap and pretty free of side effects. Downside is you have to take it every day to make it work. Can’t believe the neurologist didn’t offer you that or something like it.
 
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