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Old September 12, 2019, 08:37 PM   #1
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Another "pinch"

Talk of the "Transfer Bar Pinch" reminded me of another pinch.

I was at an indoor range, shooting my .45 Colt Blackhawk. I had fired a couple of strings, five shots each, and just reloaded. I cradled the gun in my left hand as I loaded, doing the load one, skip one routine, and closed the loading gate. Carefully keeping the muzzle downrange, I cocked the hammer, or started to, when there was a sharp pain in the fleshy part at the base of my left thumb!

OW! is exactly the word I said.

The fleshy part of the base of my thumb was sort of impressed into the cylinder flute, and as the cylinder rotated, pinched the fire out of my hand between the flute and topstrap of the gun.

Nothing dangerous ensued, but one painful lesson was learned. The other gun I was shooting had no flutes, being a Super Blackhawk.

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Old September 13, 2019, 03:08 AM   #2
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Ouch indeed. Never experienced that one, sounds almost as much fun as M1 Thumb.
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Old September 13, 2019, 07:31 AM   #3
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Ouch indeed. Never experienced that one, sounds almost as much fun as M1 Thumb.
Are those thumbs still standard issue?
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Old September 15, 2019, 07:25 PM   #4
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I've been shooting my fluted cylinder Ruger Blackhawk since 1971 and never experienced the "flute pinch" you describe .
I just now tried to make it happen as you described but couldn't get it to pinch .
I just don't have enough flesh on my hands to get any flesh in there.
Don't have an an answer for your flesh pinching problem...just be careful .
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