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Cancer carry

Posted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:24 am
by mattinglyt
Well, as some of you know, I'm in a literal fight for my life with cancer. Up until this point I've carried my 357 revolver 100%. Blessed with a new job where I don't have to wrench anymore, I'm the service manager and run everything in the shop.
Well, with some of the meds I'm on, I stopped carrying for the most part, but kept it close. My health is changing so fast that I go from cane to walker or wheel chair at times.

Today has been the first time I carried in awhile. I moved to pocket carry with 38s instead of the full load 357s. I don't think my grip will handle the 357s right now, but did some practice with the 38s yesterday.

I'm just kind of blabbering I guess, but I'm going to try and keep this updated with my trials and tribulations with cancer carry.

Re: Cancer carry

Posted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 2:30 pm
by Nathan
mattinglyt wrote:I'm just kind of blabbering I guess, but I'm going to try and keep this updated with my trials and tribulations with cancer carry.

You blabber all you want, my friend. I got no plans of adding your name to The Wall any time soon!

What .38 loads are you carrying? I load 130 grain Winchester "Shoot & Train" JHP in my daughter's .357 Magnum snubbie. The recoil is soft and while the bullet isn't as heavy as I'd like, they seem to be a pretty good compromise.

Re: Cancer carry

Posted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:26 pm
by samuelrp
I've switched to pocket carry some now that the humidity is 100% and the temp 95. The compromise to me is not the ammo, but the barrel length and grip. Hang in there and do keep us posted. Any of us may be putting a holster on a wheeI chair one day as we age.

Re: Cancer carry

Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:51 am
by hkguy
i was always a fan of the 135 GDHP short barrel load from Speer.

Re: Cancer carry

Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:25 pm
by mattinglyt
Nathan,
I have a bunch of the gold dot SD 38 spcl.
Don't recall the bullet weight, but they perform pretty good. It's the same ammo I have in Marys pistol

Re: Cancer carry

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:15 pm
by Stoble
Sir you hang in there. Thoughts are with you. Hope you see more improvement.

Stoble

Re: Cancer carry

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:04 pm
by yankeejib
I agree with Nate. The .38 rounds in a .357 frame feels like squibs, but still retain the required ballistics. Feel free to blabber away about your situation and don't be afraid to ask for assistance if you need it. This group never ceases to amaze me.

Re: Cancer carry

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:02 pm
by mattinglyt
A quick update for those of you not on my Facebook.
I've come down to one last round of chemo, but that got put on hold because of where my tumor is on my C6 vertebrae. The tumor was treated with 10 rounds of radiation, but somehow it started to move into the vertebrae above and below, causing one of them to slide into a position threatening to cut my spinal cord. So, right into a surgery a couple days later to fuse a few vertebrae. All together, 7 were fused with a "trellis" type of hardware. I'm recovering ok, but the first two weeks were hell. I was in the hospital for a whole week, should have only been 3 or 4 days, but the cancer makes things heal slower.

Re: Cancer carry

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:50 pm
by samuelrp
Sounds like you are recovering. Hang in there, things will get better.