Blowback Recoil


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Echo9
March 8, 2010, 07:37 PM
I was just picking through some old THR threads, and I noticed that someone said blowback pistols produce more recoil than locked-breech pistols, other factors like frame material and barrel length notwithstanding.

So far I haven't had an opportunity to fire any blowback pistols besides .22s, which aren't a very good indication one way or the other.

Is that true? Is the blowback design inherently harsher-recoiling for its caliber? That doesn't make sense to me. It seems like a locked-breech design would snap more because the momentum from the muzzle tilting torques the gun up.

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The Lone Haranguer
March 8, 2010, 07:42 PM
It seems like a locked-breech design would snap more because the momentum from the muzzle tilting torques the gun up.
I don't think there is enough barrel tilting motion, over a long enough period of time, to cause this. Locked-breech designs actually absorb some of the felt recoil by slowing the slide down and spreading it over a longer time duration.

mactex
March 8, 2010, 08:47 PM
I think some of the answer to your question is how the recoil may be perceived by different people. With blowback, I tend to feel the recoil as a heavier, snappier hit on the palm of my hand than with a similar locked-breech gun. Muzzle flip seems about the same to me.

oneounceload
March 8, 2010, 09:02 PM
ACTUAL recoil will be the same; FELT, or perceived, recoil can be different due to more moving parts slowing the recoil timing

NMGonzo
March 8, 2010, 09:07 PM
my gf does not like the bersa anymore since she started shooting a 1911 (3 to choose from)

I blame the blowback mechanism.
Thankfully, georgia arms delivered the other 500 rounds !!

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