About 7 weeks ago I had my brother over to try out my extended range (only 180yds) with some new loads in my 338-LM. He brought a MAS-49, a French semi-auto rifle that was converted over to 7.62. The 338 shot excellent, but the MAS had "issues". It appeared the extractor was occasionally riding behind the case instead of the case lip sliding behind it, so I used my palm and smacked the bolt forward. That was my FIRST mistake. When my palm hit the bold (it sticks straight out the side), it fired the round off and my palm kept the bolt from cycling. I manually pulled the bolt back to extract the round and then figured I should have pulled the trigger first, to see if it had tripped the hammer with the jar. I proceeded to try again (mistake number 2), and again, it fired the round and my palm kept it from cycling. I pulled the trigger and the hammer fell on an empty cartridge. It was put away until it could be disassembled and repaired, but now I think I'm the one who needs repaired. I've put off going to the Dr until I can figure out a way to explain it without using the term gun, but still express the pressure that was put into my wrist area. It's my palm that's the problem, and I cannot grab a firearm very firm now without pain, enough that I would drop any handgun I shoot. That simply won't do, as I really like my handguns and shooting left handed just isn't an option. Anyone have any ideas that WON'T make me sound like an idiot or a liar?