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Old 03-23-2012, 04:40 PM   #1
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Default Glock Recoil 9mm vs 40 S&W vs 45 ACP

Before I bought my first Glock, I had serious reservations about recoil in a polymer pistol. I shot a 1911 for many years and it weighed 38 oz unloaded. The Glock 21 is about 22 oz unloaded. My thoughts were ...Ouch!!

My first Glock was a 17 Gen3. It is one sweet shooter. A guy at the shooting range let me shoot his Glock 22. It was really nice and felt like my 17. The 40 S&W kicked about the same as the 9mm...COOL

3 weeks later I bought the Glock 21 Gen4. Before the first shot, my hands were a little jittery. After the first shot, I said, "damn!" It felt just like my 9mm. I was smiling ear to ear. I was amazed that the recoil felt no worse than the 9mm. How does Glock do that?

So if anyone is contemplating a 40 S&W or 45 ACP but have concerns about recoil...DON'T.



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I carry a Gen 4 Glock 22 and the double recoil spring IMO does in fact mitigate felt recoil. My .40 is more comfortable to shoot than my 9mm. I have both the single and double recoil springs, after switching between the two I can tell the difference, not huge but there is a difference.



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i pack a g22 as a carry piece and a g24 as my hunting/camp gun and I've shot glock in 9mm .357 sig .40 s&w and the 10mm...... form all that I have noticed the bigger the round that your firing the softer they shoot and my two cents worth has got to put a word in for the .40... best of the bunch

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I have a 23 gen 3 and a 30sf, i can tell the difference between the two; although the 40 doesnt bother me. Me personally i like the recoil of the .45 better.

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All three of those calibers aren't extremely hot and the polymer frame soaks up a good bit of recoil.

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The lower bore axis accomplishes this. Since the center of the bore is closer to the top of your hand, there's less "torquing" and more pushing back.

Also the G21 4g has a dual coil spring setup which acts as a "prgressive rate" spring. Helps to smooth out the recoil impulse a bit.

While I'd agree with you, the .40 doesn't have much more recoil than the 9mm, its a lot more snappy for me. Its alot harder to do controlled pairs as the nose jumps alot more. I love my 21 and 20 longslide, its de shiznets. Everytime I shoot a 1911 .45 acp, amazed at how much more recoil I feel than my G21. Its not unmanageable but noticeable.

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Good point on Glock's lower bore axis, Tikki, it does make a big difference.

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Have a glock 23 40sw n just picked up glock 17 9mm..been shootin slot with the 23 n recently shot about 50 rds with 17..not a huge difference but definetly noticed i can aquire shots quicker the 17..however I expected much more of a difference n didn't find it..also a guy let me shoot his 10mm 1911 style pistol n the recoil on that was huge difference..I did feel more manly shooting it though

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Before I bought my first Glock, I had serious reservations about recoil in a polymer pistol. I shot a 1911 for many years and it weighed 38 oz unloaded. The Glock 21 is about 22 oz unloaded. My thoughts were ...Ouch!!

My first Glock was a 17 Gen3. It is one sweet shooter. A guy at the shooting range let me shoot his Glock 22. It was really nice and felt like my 17. The 40 S&W kicked about the same as the 9mm...COOL

3 weeks later I bought the Glock 21 Gen4. Before the first shot, my hands were a little jittery. After the first shot, I said, "damn!" It felt just like my 9mm. I was smiling ear to ear. I was amazed that the recoil felt no worse than the 9mm. How does Glock do that?
It's not Glock. Many people, including me, prefer the .40 recoil to the 9mm. The 9mm feels more "snappy" and seems more annoying. The .40 is a sharp, quick pulse that I find easier to manage. I never cared for the .45 because it feels like a long, slow push that I have to wait on to get done.


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