You know what sucks? Gout. Gout sucks. I’ve been dealing with it for years and years in my legs. But a week ago, it hit me in my left hand. I woke up to a hand that was swollen and felt like it was crushed with a sledge hammer.
I can not articulate just how much it hurt. This was truly the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life. I’ve had gunshots, stabs, and broken bones that did not hurt nearly this bad.
Here I am a week later, and with proper meds, the hand is no longer swollen. Well, it’s almost back to normal. But the movement in the index finger has not fully returned. I have some movement, but it’s still very restricted. Typing is is a 9 fingered affair right now. The pain is mostly gone too… Unless I move my finger or bump it or look at it wrong. The main joint in the hand that works that index finger, it’s still a bit swollen and painful… it feels like there is some serious damage in there.
Anyone giving me Gout Advice – I’ll bitchslap you next time I see you. Just sayin.
So why am I bringing this up?
Manipulating guns one handed has taught me a lot. Even just “Strong Hand Only”. Sounds easy… It’s not. Not without some practice. Not without some serious practice. Handguns. AR-15’s. Lever Actions. Surprisingly, what I had the most problems with… my 870’s. I need more practice with this.
Say you catch a bullet in your hand. Or some other injury that renders your off hand useless… a burn or something. If you don’t know what to do before… hand… sorry… You are going to be stumbling. You need to know what to do before it happens.
So this weekend, your Training Assignment. All weekend long. One Hand Manipulations Handling. If you have to, tape all your fingers together to remind you. No cheating. For me, cheating felt like someone hit my hand with a baseball bat. Easy for me to remember not to cheat. For you guys – Honor Code.
With all your main line fighting guns.
Report back with what you learned.