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If your semi-auto pistol is using an 18# recoil spring and you replace it with a 13# spring. Will it change your POA/POI? If yes, should you expect it to go higher or lower (if using same ammo)?



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If your semi-auto pistol is using an 18# recoil spring and you replace it with a 13# spring. Will it change your POA/POI? If yes, should you expect it to go higher or lower (if using same ammo)?
That can only be determined once the first few shots are fired and the caliber type, weight of original handgun and the ammo grain used. Adjustments for POA/POI may, or may not be needed.


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It wont affect it. Newton still applies. The gun wont move or recoil until the bullet exits the muzzle. The force of the round going forward is equal to the rearward force until the equation changes as the bullet exits. The forward thrust is no longer there to offset the rearward force or recoil. So this makes weight of spring a moot issue in terms of affecting poapoi

You can see it in action on any highspeed camera shot of a gun going off

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It wont affect it. Newton still applies. The gun wont move or recoil until the bullet exits the muzzle. The force of the round going forward is equal to the rearward force until the equation changes as the bullet exits. The forward thrust is no longer there to offset the rearward force or recoil. So this makes weight of spring a moot issue in terms of affecting poapoi
Hmmm. I agree that Newton's law applies but for me, it starts at primer ignition not when the bullet exits the barrel. As the bullet moves forward, the slide moves backward simultaneously.

The reason heavier bullets hit higher than lighter bullets (early part of trajectory) is because they stay in the barrel longer (travels slower).
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Hmmm. I agree that Newton's law applies but for me, it starts at primer ignition not when the bullet exits the barrel. As the bullet moves forward, the slide moves backward simultaneously.

The reason heavier bullets hit higher than lighter bullets (early part of trajectory) is because they stay in the barrel longer (travels slower).
Yes but the force forward still equals rear. Equal and opposite. Recoil doesnt start till the bullet is gone. Weight of bullet and external ballistics is different than internal ballistics. Same exact bullet charge primer etc with only a spring change poapoi wont change.
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The force is equal but will the speed of the slide recoil not change with a lighter spring? Thus, won't it affect how fast the barrel tilts upward as well as the pistol itself?

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The force is equal but will the speed of the slide recoil not change with a lighter spring? Thus, won't it affect how fast the barrel tilts upward as well as the pistol itself?
yes but that has no effect on poa/poi of the bullet itself. the spring and slide dont start moving until after the bullet is gone. this is true of revolvers too.

this demonstrates it the best. the flash is when the bullet has left the barrel and recoil starts.

http://youtu.be/s5pVya7eask?t=23s
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yes but that has no effect on poa/poi of the bullet itself. the spring and slide dont start moving until after the bullet is gone.
Jon, I would respectfully disagree.

The slide and spring definitely will not move as fast as the bullet but I believe they start moving as soon as you had an ignition. Again, this is the reason why heavier (slower) bullets tend to hit higher than lighter (faster) bullet. As fast as they fly out, they are still affected by the barrel movement/recoil.

Of course the entire pistol also start the recoil process at the same time and depending on the grip, POI may also change.

Just my personal beliefs/understanding which may be wrong.
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That can only be determined once the first few shots are fired and the caliber type, weight of original handgun and the ammo grain used. Adjustments for POA/POI may, or may not be needed.
Much as I wanted a more definitive answer, I guess this is the simplest way to go through this. Thanks!
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Much as I wanted a more definitive answer, I guess this is the simplest way to go through this. Thanks!
Ya just gotta go with the flow man. Life always requires them little adjustments to maintain one's overall personal proficiency.


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