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Old 07-31-2012, 06:07 AM   #1
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Default are the recoils the same between 9 & 40

Some say 9mm has more recoil, & some say 40

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Old 07-31-2012, 06:09 AM   #2
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.40 has more. Especially in a sub compact. 9mm will never have more recoil. Thread done.

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Oh and .40 has more recoil than .45acp also.

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Oh and .40 has more recoil than .45acp also.
I disagree, my 1911 and the XD45 my friend has have ALWAYS had a more recoil than my Beretta 96 or his XD40.

40 S&W does have harder recoil than a 9mm, but not a ton, both are very manageable.

Felt recoil is also different for different people, it depends on several variables, shoot both and decide for yourself.
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I disagree, my 1911 and the XD45 my friend has have ALWAYS had a more recoil than my Beretta 96 or his XD40.

40 S&W does have harder recoil than a 9mm, but not a ton, both are very manageable.

Felt recoil is also different for different people, it depends on several variables, shoot both and decide for yourself.
I'll agree u put it better than me. But in my opinion. .40 is def more than 9mm and more snappier than .45. Should've put it that way. Sorry. .45 is more manageable than .40 and 9mm is more manageable than .40.
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Out of curiosity, what kind of .40 and .45 are you shooting?

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Out of curiosity, what kind of .40 and .45 are you shooting?
Glock 21 and glock 23 and smith .40. Full. Oh and springer TRP .45.

9mm's= berettaM9, Sig P226, XDm9. All full sIze
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Glock 21 and glock 23 and smith .40. Full. Oh and springer TRP .45.

9mm's= berettaM9, Sig P226, XDm9. All full sIze
Like I said, felt recoil varies from person to person, kind of odd that the 23 recoils more than the 21 though.
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Like I said, felt recoil varies from person to person, kind of odd that the 23 recoils more than the 21 though.
I wouldn't say it's more of a recoil but a snappiness. The .40 is def more snappy than .45.
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When your talking about felt recoil, which is all anyone really cares about, there are several factors that come into play:

Recoil pulse - this is how the actual energy is distributed into the hand.

Hold - The way the shooter holds his firearm affects how the pulse is interpreted.

Firearm design - The height of the barrel over the arm centerline affects how much "whip" is perceived; The lower the barrel, the easier for the body to absorb the recoil pulse in a straight line. As an example, Chiappa Firearms changed the barrel on a .357 revolver from the 12 o'clock position to th 6 o'clock position, thereby greatly reducing the difference in barrel height that revolver shooters generally have to compensate for. The Chiappa revolver is reported to have greatly reduced felt recoil.

Stance - The body absorbs recoil differently depending on arm position, shoulder position, stance and posture. Even locking or unlocking elbows can affect recoil perception.

Ammunition - All elements of ammunition affect recoil. Small vs large primer, slow vs fast powder, size of bullet (differences of 1/10,000 of an inch can change resistance of force), if the bullet is crimped in the case, if the bullet is lead or jacketed (resistance against the barrel), different types of rifling will resist differently, etc.

And all of these have an effect in a wide array of varying degrees. All of this to say that felt recoil is a very personal thing and very hard to quantify scientifically. The best thing to do is "Try before you buy" on any new gun, But you must also realize that if you have a gun that is perfect in every way but only slightly uncomfortable, there are ways to change the recoil on your firearm: change grips, change barrel, change ammo, and others. Felt recoil is probably the most subjective part of shooting sports there ever was!

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