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    Missing Index Finger

    Anyone have personal experience or helped someone who is missing their strong hand index finger?

    Do people missing their index finger tend to do better using their middle finger on the trigger or learning to use their other hand?

    Anything to keep in mind regarding weapon manipulations?

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    An academy mate of mine, in the revolver era, did just fine pulling the trigger of his L-frame revolver with his middle finger -- because his index finger was literally too short to reach it effectively...

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    My buddy lost his trigger finger on a roll press, barely missed a beat transitioning to his middle finger

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    Co-worker broke his index finger on the job, decided he could still shoot with his middle finger just fine, and he was able to. Just takes a bit to learn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scjbash View Post
    Anyone have personal experience or helped someone who is missing their strong hand index finger?

    Do people missing their index finger tend to do better using their middle finger on the trigger or learning to use their other hand?

    Anything to keep in mind regarding weapon manipulations?
    A missing index finger is, all in all, not a big deal. The middle readily substitutes for its role.

    I would imagine most people still use their dominant hand with middle finger.

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    Many years ago I shot the Ohio USPSA Sectional with a 10 year old named Josey Wales Rainer. He shot a G34, IIRC. As I recall, His hands werenít big enough for his index finger to reach the trigger correctly so he used his middle finger. He whipped about a 1/3 of the squad.

    I didnít see his brother Jesse James Rainer shoot.

    The middle finger works just fine if you put the time in.

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    Thanks guys, that's where I'm at with it too. And when I've had a broken index finger I used my middle one instead.

    Someone missing that finger asked me about it, and I could swear I read a discussion about it a while back and a good shooter with a missing index finger said he found switching hands to be better. I thought it was here but a search came up empty. It may have been on the Enos forum or who knows where, or my brain is fucking with me and created a false memory.

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    A buddy recently trained with John Farnum. One or more of the drills was shot with the middle finger simulating a damaged index finger. Just might want to familiarize yourself in case it's needed.

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    A guy I know changed hands on pistol. I think he middle fingers a rifle or shotgun, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scjbash View Post
    Anyone have personal experience or helped someone who is missing their strong hand index finger?

    Do people missing their index finger tend to do better using their middle finger on the trigger or learning to use their other hand?

    Anything to keep in mind regarding weapon manipulations?
    I have a female shooter at work who shoots with her middle finger. She isnít missing her index finger but severely injured it while working as a K-9 handler (caught in a leash). She shoots fine with the middle finger.
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