Going into the lessons, we had one big obstacle: my paralyzed hand. Almost 13 years ago, I had to have back surgery and suffered a spinal stroke during the operation leaving me with a paralyzed left arm. In that time, I have recovered approximately 85% mobility. I lost my sense of pain and temperature in that arm from the stroke. Pain is just now returning. I will do an entry on this later on and explain it in full detail.
Because of my hand, the biggest questions were if I could load a magazine and if I could charge the weapon. In short, yes, but it depends on the weapon.
With the 9mm, I was able to load the magazine, pull back the slide, and fire the weapon. It was also the most comfortable for me once I got used to the recoil.
The revolver I used was a double action. I didn’t have trouble firing it, but the recoil hurt a lot more than the 9mm. I think it was because where it hit on my hand.
The .40 caliber had a little more kick than the 9mm, but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle.
The shotgun was the worst for me. Loading it was easy, but I could not pull back the pump with my bad hand (the muscles and grip just aren’t there) so my friend pulled it back for me each time. The recoil was painful on my shoulder. In fact, it still hurt the next day. After 3 shots, I was done with that one.
The AR was a lot easier to use than the shotgun. There was also a lot less recoil.