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What is a "palm swell" for?
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Author:  bayl778 [ Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:48 am ]
Post subject:  What is a "palm swell" for?

What is the advantage of having a palm swell? Do only expensive guns have them? I guess you can even buy pads to create one on a gun. I shoot sporting clays only, with Beretta
AL390, Ruger Red Label, or Sigarms SA5, I don't think they have palm swell. So what? Just curious.
Thanks

Author:  Kevin Gibson [ Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:04 am ]
Post subject:  re: What is a "palm swell" for?

They’re just for comfort and have nothing to do with performance (although someone may cook up some sort of perceived advantage). Generally speaking, it’s usually found on higher end guns. I like the feel of a palm swell and I have it on my Zoli, but I’m quite happy with my other guns that lack the palm swell. Pure personal preference.

Author:  albanygun [ Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:35 am ]
Post subject:  re: What is a "palm swell" for?

They are a means of you putting your hand on the stock and on the trigger in the same place every time. When you place your hand incorrectly, it will not feel right and you will adjust accordingly.

Author:  wwb [ Tue Jun 12, 2007 10:17 am ]
Post subject:  Re: re: What is a "palm swell" for?

albanygun wrote:
They are a means of you putting your hand on the stock and on the trigger in the same place every time. When you place your hand incorrectly, it will not feel right and you will adjust accordingly.


What he said......

Author:  Seamus O'Caiside [ Tue Jun 12, 2007 10:19 am ]
Post subject:  re: What is a "palm swell" for?

I agree with Albanygun, they do serve a performance-related function, by ensuring that your hand is in the same position every time. That assumes, of course, that the palm swell is in the right position to fit your hand.

But I agree with Kevin on 2 points - I like the feel of a palm swell, but I can get by just fine without one when I have to.

The stick-on palm swell is a POS - and I don't mean Pride of Spain. The one I tried was much too big for the grip of my gun, and the adhesive would not hold. I tried some special 3M spray adhesive, and that wouldn't hold it on, either. Bummer!

There is a kind of shooting gloves that have a pad built into the palm, and that might give you the feel of a palm swell, but it is worthless for locating your hand, which is the purpose of a palm swell in the first place.

Author:  albanygun [ Tue Jun 12, 2007 10:22 am ]
Post subject:  re: What is a "palm swell" for?

The stick on palm swells are about worthless as far as sticking to the stock. There always seems to be checkering just where the palm swell should go, and it doesn't stick for very long.

Author:  wwb [ Tue Jun 12, 2007 10:45 am ]
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Seamus O'Caiside wrote:
.....The one I tried was much too big for the grip of my gun, and the adhesive would not hold. I tried some special 3M spray adhesive, and that wouldn't hold it on, either......


Shoulda just wrapped it with about 5 layers of duct tape - then, it woulda stayed put.

Author:  Seamus O'Caiside [ Tue Jun 12, 2007 10:55 am ]
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wwb wrote:
Shoulda just wrapped it with about 5 layers of duct tape - then, it woulda stayed put.


Actually, a friend of mine did that with black electrical tape. Looked like shoot, but it worked! :roll:

Author:  wwb [ Tue Jun 12, 2007 12:42 pm ]
Post subject:  re: What is a "palm swell" for?

Obviously a graduate of the "whatever works" school of gunsmithing.

One of my shooting buddies has an ugly piece of foam rubber taped to the stock of a Beretta 682 Gold E...... sort of an expedient adjustable comb..... he claims that he's going to do a proper adjustable comb one of these days..... the rest of us figure that the foam is permanent, since it's already been almost a year.

Author:  gar-dog [ Wed Jun 13, 2007 9:07 am ]
Post subject:  re: What is a "palm swell" for?

Sometimes after many rounds, the underside on the right side of my wrist can hurt a bit. I have wondered if a palm swell would straighten out the wrist a little and alleviate this. Anybody else get this occassionally?

Author:  claybreaker [ Wed Jun 13, 2007 6:32 pm ]
Post subject:  re: What is a "palm swell" for?

My Browning XS Skeet has an large palm swell and I love it. However, as others have said, my XS Sporting 28 gauge doesn't have one and I shoot it just as good.

Author:  drsfmd [ Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:51 am ]
Post subject:  re: What is a "palm swell" for?

Gar-dog - that's only happened to me when shooting English stocked guns, due to the unnatural angle you have to hold you hand at. I'm not sure what would cause it with a pistol gripped gun (which I am assuming you have). Perhaps you are trying to control the recoil with you wrist? Is the gun too light with a lot of muzzle jump? That's about all I can think of...

Author:  webbee [ Thu Jun 14, 2007 9:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: re: What is a "palm swell" for?

wwb wrote:
...he claims that he's going to do a proper adjustable comb one of these days..... the rest of us figure that the foam is permanent, since it's already been almost a year.

Isn't that a Murphy's Law corollary?
That which is permanent, is temporary and that which is temporary, is permanent.

Author:  Aquafree [ Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:55 am ]
Post subject:  re: What is a "palm swell" for?

I thought palm swells were put on mainly to aggravate left-handers. :)

Author:  Ga. Skeet [ Thu Jun 14, 2007 5:40 pm ]
Post subject:  re: What is a "palm swell" for?

A palm swell that is fitted to your hand is a great thing. It not only puts your hand in the same position everytime but it helps control recoil because the hand has something made for it to hold in the right position.
If it is not made for your hand it can feel terrible. :D

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