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I've put 200 rounds thru my PT140, no malfunctions at all. Gun loosened up after about 150 rounds and works well. It kicks a little heavy and wonder if anyone makes a metal guide rod to help with the recoil? My problem is that is the left rear corner of the polymer frame, right above my rt thumb joint bumps and causes a small blister. Since its a keeper I was thinking a little file work might relieve that little sore that doesn't heal when I shoot the PT140. If I could just trim a little off the frame on that corner I don't think I would have to wear gloves to practice. When I carry, it really doesn't matter as I won't be firing it much (I hope).
 

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I have the 9mm, but I never noticed any soreness, or irritation in that area of my hand. You might not have the problem the next time you shoot, but if your gonna do heavy practice, a glove might be a good idea rather than filing down the frame.
 

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I have the 9mm, but I never noticed any soreness, or irritation in that area of my hand. You might not have the problem the next time you shoot, but if your gonna do heavy practice, a glove might be a good idea rather than filing down the frame.
+1 I have the pt111 also and a pt145.i have never had this problem.you might try wearing gloves like robby said
 

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Yeah, good ideas. I generally don't like to practice with conditions other than I might be carrying. I probably won't be doing heavy practice again till I put my PT Night Sights on. The spot on my thumb is pretty much healed, I'll wait a few days and try it without glove. I won't try and relieve the frame till last resort. The .40 has a good litle recoil to it, but I like it. I have a Sig 239 in .40 and it's recoil is much milder. Thanks again.
 

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I'm still wondering cause usually my thumb dont hurt after 200 rds but the left side of my middle finger tends to get sore cause i guess sitting under the trigger guard.but i went this past weekend wasnt too bad.
 

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One problem is with my 58 years comes arthritus and I think my knuckles and hand joints were a bit swollen the day I started the blister, plus been doing a lot of shooting lately. Took my CCL 70 days ago and been hitting the range a bit more than usual...Been told also just to put a band-aid across the spot without the glove, but haven't tried that yet. In Texas we are backed up on paperwork for the CCL, should get it within twenty days.
 

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One problem is with my 58 years comes arthritus and I think my knuckles and hand joints were a bit swollen the day I started the blister, plus been doing a lot of shooting lately.
Well shoot, you kids, just a little arthritus Huh!! I know the feeling and I am 8 years older than you.
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I'm still wondering cause usually my thumb dont hurt after 200 rds but the left side of my middle finger tends to get sore cause i guess sitting under the trigger guard.but i went this past weekend wasnt too bad.
Gee, now that is true, I forgot about that! I know even with the JUDGE, if my finger is behind the trigger guard,(I added a Hogue grip to stop that) or press up tight against the bottom with the PT111 I notice it while shooting, but not for long. Actually I added the Handal Jr to mine to keep my middle finger up tighter, and also make sure the web of my thumb is tight under that rear tang. It helped my POI & POA problems too.
 

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Thanks everyone for the tips. Keep 'em coming- I'm learning more all the time. I was about to give up on the PT140, but it hasn't malfunctioned once in about 200 rounds. Robby, is that a lab or a golden in your pic? My other handle is "DogDaddy" as one of my girlfriends trains service dogs and dog-sits and obedience training. She's done goldens, Standard poodles and just started with our first labradoodle. Lots of dogs here most of the time. Only 5 today.

Just bought a Taurus Ultralite 85ss2ul with Crimson Trace and a S&W mod. 60 3" w/Crimson Trace for my birthday today. Hell, someone had to buy them!

Sure is a friendly bunch around here...
 

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shoot thats what my wife wants now a crinson trace for the 85ul saving for her Birthday.
 

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sidekick said:
One problem is with my 58 years comes arthritus and I think my knuckles and hand joints were a bit swollen the day I started the blister, plus been doing a lot of shooting lately. Took my CCL 70 days ago and been hitting the range a bit more than usual...Been told also just to put a band-aid across the spot without the glove, but haven't tried that yet. In Texas we are backed up on paperwork for the CCL, should get it within twenty days.
i feel your pain....it took me and the wifes CHL 120 days in texas
 

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Thanks everyone for the tips. Keep 'em coming- I'm learning more all the time. I was about to give up on the PT140, but it hasn't malfunctioned once in about 200 rounds. Robby, is that a lab or a golden in your pic? My other handle is "DogDaddy" as one of my girlfriends trains service dogs and dog-sits and obedience training. She's done goldens, Standard poodles and just started with our first labradoodle. Lots of dogs here most of the time. Only 5 today.
My sweet heart is a Weinmaraner, she is my constant friend since retirement. One of my other nicks was "Stablemaster", or "Ranger". We run horses on the farm, but the Nick was from a large group of internet folks that worked with me, and called me that due to a horse related theme.
 

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I have that problem with my Ruger LCP, but not my PT-145. I have found a weight lifting glove works great because it has extra padding right where you need it the most. I never practice with the LCP without that glove on.
 

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I paraphrase, different strokes hurt different folks. I get the sore from the PT140), but my LCP doesn't bother me!
 

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I have the exact same issue - the PT145 wears a hole in my thumb, right on the base knuckle, after about 300 rounds. My 24/7 Pro doesn't do that.......I've just resigned myself to put a band aid on it prior to shooting extensively with it, or wearing a glove on that hand.
 

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I don't have that problem, I would just put a bandaid on that place and shoot. It would not be enough to change your shooting, but would stop the blister.
 

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hey sidekick,that gun will never get any better....infact its only going to get worse and soon it will stop shooting.i think you should just send it to me before it gets any worse. lol

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ps you have a great gun
 

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The suggestions on here seem like they would work. Went thru 200+ rnds with not problem last week and the only "soreness" i got was from reloading the magazines.
 

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I went through 100 rnds in my SS Kimber Ultra Carry II today, .45, and wasn't any problem from it. I think it's just my thumb and the lower corner below the slide. I just bought the Kimber (my second) and guess I'll stay with it. Have a friend who offered me $300 for my PT140, so guess I have a Don Hume IWB and PTnightsights, (neither one used) for sale. There wasn't really anything wrong with the gun, just fit problems. Thanks for all the tips guys, I give up.
 

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I have had a similar problem with several different handguns (Beretta PX4 9 mm, Steyr M9A1, HK USP40c)--the recoil caused soreness in the joint at the base of my thumb. I have always attributed it to the grip or trigger reach being a little too big for me, causing me to rotate my hand around to better reach the trigger. The result would be that that joint (instead of the web of my thumb) would be in line with the grip to take the recoil full-force.

This might be the same thing you're experiencing. The snappier recoil of the .40 probably makes it much more noticable. The fact that you don't have the problem using your Kimber makes sense: the slimmer, single-stack grip ensures your thumb joint stays off to the side.

Still, this seems unlikely with a PT111 or 140, since the grips are small and well-rounded. Nevertheless, dry fire a few times and then check your grip. If that joint at the base of your thumb is behind the grip, that might be your problem. If you're pulling the trigger with your knuckle joint instead of the fingertip pad, maybe you can rotate your hand a little to get that joint more off to the side. A (small) Hogue HandAll grip sleeve might also help.
 

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Eeyore, Thanks , I will try that when I pick up a 111. I had tried the Handall Jr., and while it helped some, it didn't eleviate the soreness with the PT-140 Mil Pro. but did aid in pulling gun from holster. I sold PT140 for what I paid for and will try the 111 before giving up on this particular model. I like the size vs. mag capacity and will use it for either main carry, or backup. Right now I'm the proud new owner of a Kimber SS Ultra Carry II in 3" and as you say, no problem with sore spots.
 
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