New old guy with question about gun weight

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Beezar

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Welcome from Sparks, NV. I, too had the same problem when I got around to purchasing a .45 which I carried during the early 60's. However, when I went to my LGS, I found it to be too heavy.
I've been handgun shooting for 56 years. I bought an IWI Masada Slim last fall. After testing, it's become my daily carry. Two months ago, I bought a Masada Tactical for its 17rd capacity. Both have green dots and are superbly made, well-balanced, and accurate, plus noticeably lighter than my CZ 75B and compacts that I've carried for 20+ years.

The only addition I made to both was applying Talon Pro grip texture.

I also have an IWI Zion AR15 that's well-made. IWI makes outstanding guns with excellent value for the money.
 
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wproct

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I'm 79 myself and it's amazing how much strength you lose with age. When it comes to handguns I still have to have decent weight to be able to shoot well. As a previous poster said, there is weight and then there is balance. I like some weight to be able to hold steady and shoot well and in the past lot's of forward weight was great. These days I don't need quite so much. Below is one of my favorites now.
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While I certainly see the problem with a very light gun shooting a larger caliber, but we're talking about a .22LR . Now I happen to think the 22/45 light is cool looking ( Yes, I have weird taste). the fact is the OP ( Welcome from NJ, BTW) mentioned hand and strength problems. That being said, why deal with 1.5 to over 2 lbs when the LCP II is around 11 ounces ( assuming the OP is NOT a competition shooter)?
 
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"While I certainly see the problem with a very light gun shooting a larger caliber, but we're talking about a .22LR . Now I happen to think the 22/45 light is cool looking"
I'm not talking about recoil moderation. Most folks will say that a 'muzzle light' pistol is hard to hold steady. My comments are based on comparison of a 5.5" 'bull' barrel vs the 4" LITE version unsupported and the results are noticeable. I can't say the mechanical accuracy of the LITE is lacking but the 'shootibility' is. IMHO
 

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New member from eastern PA, old guy, first post. Sold Mark ii and HS Victor years ago after not using them for years. Decided to take up hobby again. Purchased Mark ii competition with very light trigger job & fiber optic front. BUT, lost a lot of strength in ensuing years...gun too heavy for me, but a tack driver for sure. Think I need the 35ounce instead of 45 ounce gun. Thinking of 22/45? Thoughts from fellow seniors appreciated. Earlier post this accidentally as reply, trying again :)

I started using heavier guns. Started shooting more. Started exercising more.
Strength, lost to "old age", can be regained enough to enjoy similar activities once again.
When the doctor sends a patient to physical therapy it is to strengthen weak parts and, usually, less used parts.
Old people are in the fight for their lives. Don't forget that. Fight Hard!
 

JB in SC

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New member from eastern PA, old guy, first post. Sold Mark ii and HS Victor years ago after not using them for years. Decided to take up hobby again. Purchased Mark ii competition with very light trigger job & fiber optic front. BUT, lost a lot of strength in ensuing years...gun too heavy for me, but a tack driver for sure. Think I need the 35ounce instead of 45 ounce gun. Thinking of 22/45? Thoughts from fellow seniors appreciated. Earlier post this accidentally as reply, trying again :)

I have the same issue. I bought a Mk IV 75th anniversary edition. It has the same barrel taper as the 6" Standard (but 6 7/8") with adjustable sights….perfect weight and balance for me at 35 ounces. Functions perfectly zero malfunctions with Blazer 40 grain and CCI Standard Velocity.
 
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... I bought a Masada Tactical for its 17rd capacity... IWI makes outstanding guns with excellent value for the money.

FYI ( @KIR as well ) - not sure if it's been discussed much here on the forum, but the Masada 17-rd mags apparently work fine in the Ruger 9mm PCC, using the SR magwell. Another possible pistol/carbine combination for folks who like that kind of thing!
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