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Old 06-09-2012, 10:03 PM   #1
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Ok guys I really want a .45. I have shot my buddies Taurus PT and it was awesome. Very accurate and very low recoil. Which leads to my question. I was shocked by the low recoil. Is this because 1911's have steel frames? Do Glock .45s kick more due to the polymer? Your experiences please

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Old 06-09-2012, 10:19 PM   #2
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IMHO, recoil on my 30SF was non-existent - or nearly so.

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The weight difference between a full size 1911 and say a G21 is measured in ounces. If you can handle the recoil on one, you can handle the other.

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Never shot a .45 1911, only my Gen 4 21 .45ACP. Can't imagine the heavier steel 1911 would have any more recoil.

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Steel frames, of course, means heavier gun which translates to less muzzle rise. Also the 1911 frame is made in such a way as to allow a high grip on the firearm, thus the recoil is directed straight back into the shooters hand. With that said, a polymer gun like the Glock will jump more in your hand just because of the lighter weight, but..the polymer frame absorbs more of the felt recoil so even shooting the venerable .45 is not unpleasant. Get your Glock and get to making it dirty!!!

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I have a G17 G4 and have shot the G21 -- honestly I think the recoil is different but not any worse between the 17 & the 21 (9mm vs 45mm).

Having shot a Glock in 40 (can't remember the model) the perceived recoil is greater in that than in these 2.

Have also shot the 10mm and like the 45 the recoil is different (more of a push-back feel than a muzzle flip) but more pronounced but in neither case was the perceived recoil a big deal.

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A 9mm or .40 S&W are higher pressure rounds, so they can be more "snappy" than a low pressure .45 that seems to give more of a hard "push" in the hand.

Also the height of bore over the grip has a lot to do with how recoil feels, as it can make muzzle climb better or worse. I have a G21, a couple 1911's and a Sig 220 in .45 ACP. The Sig seems to have more muzzle flip, while the G21 seems to have the least and the 1911 is in the middle. Also consider grip contours and how that distributes recoil forces in the hand. A thicker grip will distribute that recoil impulse over a larget surface area which could make it seem to be a lower recoil.

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I have a G36. It weighs about 21 oz empty and 27 oz with 7-230grn rounds. The last few rounds do generate some recoil. A while back I hurt my hand and thought I might have to sell it but the hand got better and I am back to shooting it again. My XD 45c and the 1911 have less noticeable recoil because of the additional weight. I would rather shoot my G36 than the G23 in 40 S&W. The impulse is totally different.

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I have a G36. It weighs about 21 oz empty and 27 oz with 7-230grn rounds. The last few rounds do generate some recoil. A while back I hurt my hand and thought I might have to sell it but the hand got better and I am back to shooting it again. My XD 45c and the 1911 have less noticeable recoil because of the additional weight. I would rather shoot my G36 than the G23 in 40 S&W. The impulse is totally different.
Thank you sir very informative
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remember your polymer guns like glock have a habbit of absorbing some of the recoil.

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