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I was speaking with a FFL about a Glock 23 (.40), during the discussion, he mentioned that both a 9mm and a .45's recoil motion is back towards the shooter, allowing the recoil to be absorbed in the arms, while a .40's recoil is more vertical, causing it to recoil up. His point was that a 2nd shot from a 9mm and a .45 were easier to get back on target than that of a .40.
Is he full of it?
Is this true in some guns and not others?
 

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If it were true of a sw40 then why not a 10mm? I can believe it if the angle of the grip was different. Look at an old colt 45 the angle of the grip was designed to flip the barrel up, where say a sw629 is designed to put more recoil straight back into the hand and wrist. Geometry is still alive and well today as it use to be. :)
 

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So, Diver, understanding what you said, that the angle of handle has more influence in determining the direction of the recoil, then the size of the caliber. That makes sense. And that being true, it makes sense that the recoil direction will very from gun to gun, not caliber to caliber. Although caliber to caliber, will of course, affect the amount of recoil (goes without saying).
 

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I have a 27 and a 23 and enjoy shooting them more and have a quicker 2nd shot than my 30. That's just me. Everyone is different.

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I sure notice the difference between a G17 and a G33, with the G41 somewhere in between
 

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I was speaking with a FFL about a Glock 23 (.40), during the discussion, he mentioned that both a 9mm and a .45's recoil motion is back towards the shooter, allowing the recoil to be absorbed in the arms, while a .40's recoil is more vertical, causing it to recoil up. His point was that a 2nd shot from a 9mm and a .45 were easier to get back on target than that of a .40.
Is he full of it?
Is this true in some guns and not others?
That's interesting.

I can't comment, cause both my guns are .45 30s's.
I have no recoil problems.

Your question is interesting though. I come back on target pretty fast with my 30s. I can't really understand any reason it wouldn't be the same for a .40.

I'm with BSG on the BS factor.
 

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I've shot all 3 calibers in Glock pistols. 40 does have harsher recoil than 9mm and 45. Most people will tell you that follow up shots are quicker with a 9 because it doesn't recoil as much. I've found with a proper grip the 40 doesn't seem much different to me though. With a bad grip the 40 will punish you more than a 9 will. My wife has shot 9mm and 40 out of our Glocks and she said that she couldn't tell much difference between the two. I'd shoot all three before buying if possible to determine what you like. Just remember that a good grip is key to recoil control.
 

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In my opinion.... with a Glock, so long as you grip each gun the same way, you should get the same recoil movement. It will just be a bit snappier with the .40 & .357 Sig.
 
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In my opinion.... with a Glock, so long as you grip each gun the same way, you should get the same recoil movement. It will just be a bit snappier with the .40 & .357 Sig.
Well said. I agree.
 

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Everyone has different experience and views on recoil.

The one truism taught to me years ago, by a very experienced shooting team coach, was to let your body move to the recoil. Train yourself to naturally move and gently absorb the recoil. If you try to stay rock hard, solid like a cement wall ...two bad things occur. 1) You do physical damage to your hand and wrist. 2) The pistol will move farther ‘off’ target. Making re-alignment more difficult and slower.

IMO, Practice shooting a full mag both ways and see which you prefer...
 

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Everyone has different experience and views on recoil.

The one truism taught to me years ago, by a very experienced shooting team coach, was to let your body move to the recoil. Train yourself to naturally move and gently absorb the recoil. If you try to stay rock hard, solid like a cement wall ...two bad things occur. 1) You do physical damage to your hand and wrist. 2) The pistol will move farther ‘off’ target. Making re-alignment more difficult and slower.

IMO, Practice shooting a full mag both ways and see which you prefer...
How do you naturally move and gently absorb the recoil?
 

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In my opinion.... with a Glock, so long as you grip each gun the same way, you should get the same recoil movement. It will just be a bit snappier with the .40 & .357 Sig.
There is a difference between the "snap" of my G22 and my G19. That doesn't stop me from getting back on target with the G22
 

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There is a difference between the "snap" of my G22 and my G19. That doesn't stop me from getting back on target with the G22
Off topic but the G22 is my favorite gun so far. I really enjoy shooting it.
 
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