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Old March 23rd, 2017, 11:45 AM   #1
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Finger nerve pain from shooting my MP Shield

I am new to shooting but love it. I have had my M&P Shield 9mm for 2 months now. I shoot every other week, 100 rounds. What a blast.

For weeks I have been noticing when doing dishes that my trigger finger has been having shooting nerve pain when I touch it or press it on something. Right on the top joint. Not when I bend it, but when pressing on it.

Couldn't figure out why at first, then finally associated it with my new-found hobby.

Man I am going to hate if I gave to give shooting up. I really unbelievable enjoy it.

Any advice? Maybe I am pressing the trigger in the wrong place on my finger?

-Peggy
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 12:33 PM   #2
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The proper place is to center the trigger on the fingertip pad, most put the trigger on the first joint, it is recommended you put the trigger on the pad rather than the joint. Not everyone's hands are the same size, so this isn't always correct for everyone.

I hope I have explained that so it makes sense, if I haven't let me know.


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Just a thought but perhaps gloves or cut down to 25 rounds for a bit and see if that makes it go away or lessens.

That's odd, I would think if shooting was causing it it would happen the same way at home, bending the trigger finger while doing dishes, from my tae kwon do days that sounds more like a jammed finger than anything from shooting but who knows, is there any chance you rammed the tip of your finger hard into something while it was totally straight?


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I am new to shooting but love it. I have had my M&P Shield 9mm for 2 months now. I shoot every other week, 100 rounds. What a blast.

For weeks I have been noticing when doing dishes that my trigger finger has been having shooting nerve pain when I touch it or press it on something. Right on the top joint. Not when I bend it, but when pressing on it.

Couldn't figure out why at first, then finally associated it with my new-found hobby.

Man I am going to hate if I gave to give shooting up. I really unbelievable enjoy it.

Any advice? Maybe I am pressing the trigger in the wrong place on my finger?

-Peggy
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Just a thought but perhaps gloves or cut down to 25 rounds for a bit and see if that makes it go away or lessens.

That's odd, I would think if shooting was causing it it would happen the same way at home, bending the trigger finger while doing dishes, from my tae kwon do days that sounds more like a jammed finger than anything from shooting but who knows, is there any chance you rammed the tip of your finger hard into something while it was totally straight?
+1.

I believe that cutting back on your round count a bit until you determine what's going on would be prudent.

I take a couple of 1500 round count weekend courses a year, and RSO in a couple more.

80% of the shooting is strong hand only.

The most common "injuries" I see are blisters or raw spots at the base of the thumb from glock backstraps, and a raw spot on middle of the upper side of the finger below the trigger finger from impacting/rubbing on the bottom of the trigger guard when drawing and shooting. It's more common with those shooting poly framed pistols.

I keep a roll of thin stretchy foam type tape in my first aid kit to put on the worn spots on shooters hands, which helps. When used ahead of time, it protects those areas from damage.

You may want to put a bit of that on your trigger finger, and see it it helps.

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I think if you stop doing dishes it will take care of it
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Coincidence I believe.
Dont think it has to do with shooting
Dont know your age but sounds like inflammation of joint aka arthritis.


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Held it last night in shooting position. Yep, I have been holding the trigger right where my first finger joint is, just where the nerve pain is. I am going to have to make a conscious effort to shoot with the pad of my finger, as mentioned.

Also, yes I guess I should cut down on the rounds right now. But it's so much fun. I actually have to force myself to stop and go home, I could shoot for hours. I've live my past 5 years taking care of my ill elderly parents and have had no life. My new found shooting hobby has been a great outlet and makes me feel like I'm finally doing something for myself to have fun.

star1 ha ha I'll tell my husband and elderly father that I can no longer do the dishes

And my shooting friend offered that I could try out his shooting gloves. First I will try to retrain myself to shoot with the pad of my finger, not my first joint. If that doesn't work I will try his gloves, or the stretchy tape recommended by Rick M.

Thanks everyone!
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I have arthritis in both hands and in all of my fingers stemming from injuries sustained as a result of a misbegotten youth back when I played football, rode bulls, etc.... If I do not take ibrprophren beforehand, I sometimes have the same symptoms when shooting multiple rounds (when I shoot, I normally shoot between 300 and 500 rounds). My orthopedic surgeon told me that it was a repetitive motion injury which exacerbates my arthritis. I get the same problem in my thumb when I overuse my iPad lol! The pre-shooting range ibruprophren helps a great deal.
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I think the key thing is to try different placements, looking for the placement that works for you, best accuracy and somewhere that doesn't irritate the nerve in your hand.
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I think if you stop doing dishes it will take care of it
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Held it last night in shooting position. Yep, I have been holding the trigger right where my first finger joint is, just where the nerve pain is. I am going to have to make a conscious effort to shoot with the pad of my finger, as mentioned.

Also, yes I guess I should cut down on the rounds right now. But it's so much fun. I actually have to force myself to stop and go home, I could shoot for hours. I've live my past 5 years taking care of my ill elderly parents and have had no life. My new found shooting hobby has been a great outlet and makes me feel like I'm finally doing something for myself to have fun.

star1 ha ha I'll tell my husband and elderly father that I can no longer do the dishes

And my shooting friend offered that I could try out his shooting gloves. First I will try to retrain myself to shoot with the pad of my finger, not my first joint. If that doesn't work I will try his gloves, or the stretchy tape recommended by Rick M.

Thanks everyone!
Best wishes, Mam!

I'm sure you'll get things sorted out.
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Peggy, I commend you for being a care giver to your parents. It is a difficult and often a thankless job.

Regarding your finger pain, if the pain occurs from other than a disease or arthritis, and is caused because of finger placement on the trigger, then as other have said, changing the point of the finger that presses the trigger should eliminate the problem.

The suggestion to using gloves is excellent. I use gloves when training at the range. It has eliminated the pain I get in both hands during a session in which I shoot 200 or more rounds.

I wish you success and trust that your future shooting experiences will bring both enjoyment and the ability to protect yourself when needed.

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Held it last night in shooting position. Yep, I have been holding the trigger right where my first finger joint is, just where the nerve pain is. I am going to have to make a conscious effort to shoot with the pad of my finger, as mentioned.

Also, yes I guess I should cut down on the rounds right now. But it's so much fun. I actually have to force myself to stop and go home, I could shoot for hours. I've live my past 5 years taking care of my ill elderly parents and have had no life. My new found shooting hobby has been a great outlet and makes me feel like I'm finally doing something for myself to have fun.

star1 ha ha I'll tell my husband and elderly father that I can no longer do the dishes

And my shooting friend offered that I could try out his shooting gloves. First I will try to retrain myself to shoot with the pad of my finger, not my first joint. If that doesn't work I will try his gloves, or the stretchy tape recommended by Rick M.

Thanks everyone!
So, what kind of a life did your parents have, while "caring for you" while growing up (?)
Its not easy, and alot of us have been there... some of us return the love & respect our parents deserve.

As to finger pain, shoot less, or find another gun that dosen`t bother your finger to shoot it.
I found that glocks hurt my finger to shoot, ever since i switched to M&P`s, no more finger pain.
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So, what kind of a life did your parents have, while "caring for you" while growing up (?)
Its not easy, and alot of us have been there... some of us return the love & respect our parents deserve.

As to finger pain, shoot less, or find another gun that dosen`t bother your finger to shoot it.
I found that glocks hurt my finger to shoot, ever since i switched to M&P`s, no more finger pain.
You mis-judge. When I say I have had no life, you know what that meant if you have been there. I wake up at 5:00 and wolf down a banana in the car while I drive to my parents' house before work. I wake them up, change my mom's diapers and her sheets, get her cleaned and bathed, then get dad up and dressed. Then I walk and feed their dog. Then I make them breakfast, and feed mom (she has Alzheimer's and can no longer feed herself), and dispense their meds. Then I get them settled in their chairs, go back, do the dishes and make their lunches and put them in the fridge for dad to take care of at noon.

Then I go to work for 9 hours.

Then on the way home I stop at their house again, heat up their dinners, get them fed, do the dishes, walk the dog, open their mail and pay their bills, then by the time all that is done it is time to get them undressed and into bed.

When they are settled for the night, I go home, usually arriving at 8:00 where I walk and feed my dog, open my mail, pay my bills, and try to wolf down something to eat before I fall into bed exhausted, all the while listening to my husband complain that he never sees me anymore.

Then I do it all again the next day.

Weekends are spent doing their laundry and cooking their meals for the week, and looking in on my ill older brother, perhaps doing some grocery shopping for him if he's too sick to go out.

It is all a labor of love. But indeed, for now and for a long time now, I have had no life.
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This thread needs to get back on topic, we shouldn't be talking about somebody else's personal life, we don't want to offend anyone.
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