Lightest recoiling 9mm?


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defjon
May 25, 2010, 08:33 PM
After having avascular necrosis in my right wrist and subsequent surgery, I am looking for a range/home defense pistol that is VERY light on the recoil. Probably light weight would be better too, so I don't get as fatigued.

The problem is its a progressive disease so it starts in the other wrist and hip and such, so I can't simply switch hands and keep on rockin'.

What in your experience has been the lightest recoiling 9mm? Just asking for advice so I know some pistols to start checking out.

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defjon
May 25, 2010, 08:34 PM
Which would have less recoil-

Glock 17 or Sig P226?

metalman8600
May 25, 2010, 08:38 PM
Generally to reduce recoil, it would have to be heavier than a polymer gun and have a low bore axis. I recommend a CZ-75b

bg226
May 25, 2010, 08:45 PM
The Beretta PX4 storm uses a rotating barrel system that is supposed to spread the recoil. The recoil is really tame in the PX4 compared to some other pistols.

notamisfit
May 25, 2010, 08:52 PM
The Ruger P95 has a nice heavy slide and a linkless cam that is supposed to make the recoil more of a push than a snap. It's still fairly light in weight overall as well.

Runningman
May 25, 2010, 09:24 PM
Best way to reduce recoil is add weight. Think of heavier all steel 9mm such as the CZ SP-01, CZ 75/85.

SalchaketJoe
May 25, 2010, 09:32 PM
A CZ Compact D is pretty light and very pleasant to shoot

gwnorth
May 25, 2010, 09:59 PM
My SIG P226 in 9mm has very light recoil relative to the Glock 19's and 17's I've shot. You can still get the older style all stainless models too (topgunsupply usually has them, for one), which should be even less since it will be quite a bit heavier then the standard alloy frame P226.

Mass absorbs the recoil energy better then any spring system or shock buffer setup I've ever shot. So I'd go with the others and say look for a nice all steel or steel slide/alloy frame gun (CZ 75b in stainless will also be a nice soft shooting 9mm). You'll have to accept a heavier pistol, but it will shoot softer because of that.

dc.fireman
May 25, 2010, 10:00 PM
How about an older Browning Hi Power? Can you get to a range, and give the old 'try before you buy' a go?

buckeye8
May 25, 2010, 10:01 PM
I hate to be the guy who answers your question in a way other than what you wanted... but there are a lot of very heavy-for-caliber revolvers that do a great job of reducing recoil. I know you said you don't want a heavy gun, but as other posters have mentioned, weight really is the best way to reduce recoil.

Also, with your physical condition, I would be concerned that your ablity to retain a firm grip could affect the reliability of a semi-auto handgun. Even a Glock can be limp-wristed. If the gun is to be an HD gun, that's the last thing you want.

Of the 9mm guns suggested so far, I'll second the CZ 75B. If that is too heavy for you, check out the CZ P-07 Duty as well. I've never shot a polymer 9mm that recoiled less, including Glocks. The design really fits medium-sized hands well, and it weighs only 1.7 lbs. The Ruger P-series 9mm's are also good choices for your purposes. I've shot several, and they don't jump much at all for me.

Let us know what you end up with!

Mad Magyar
May 25, 2010, 10:02 PM
Get yourself a P-38 P-1....Grip angle-weight will like your damaged hand.
Recoil seems to be light compared to some other 9mm., with a sweet trigger and good sights...Good luck...

RobMoore
May 25, 2010, 10:08 PM
CZ75 SP01 (heavy and fast)

Lvl21nerd
May 25, 2010, 10:14 PM
Maybe look at a .380 instead?

they are small, light, and in some instances can hold in the neighborhood of 12 rounds

The Bersa Thunder .380 Plus holds 15 rounds, and its not gonna break the bank either

Snowdog
May 25, 2010, 10:18 PM
Though I haven't had the pleasure personally, I would presume the steel frame Kahr T9 would have a pleasant recoil.
Another option would be a ported muzzle from some aftermarket barrel or from a firearm designed and manufactured as ported (such as a G17c).

Photo from this GlockTalk thread (http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1099527)
http://inlinethumb02.webshots.com/43073/2095014010100259265S600x600Q85.jpg

beltjones
May 25, 2010, 11:35 PM
A ported Glock 17 is a great idea.

I have both a Glock 17 and a CZ 75B. The Glock has quite a bit less muzzle flip. I attribute this to the lower bore axis.

You might look at a 2011 style 1911 in 9mm. That or a Browning Hi-Power. Both would be very light recoiling, accurate, and fun to shoot. The Hi-Power would be the more reliable of the two with 9mm cartridges.

pikid89
May 25, 2010, 11:39 PM
glock 34 or 17L

or better yet a Ruger SP101 in 9mm

MachIVshooter
May 26, 2010, 04:16 AM
Full-size all-steel guns are gonna have the lowest felt recoil.

Of all the 9mm's I have owned and currently own, at 40 ounces and with excellent ergonomics, my full size Baby Eagle is by far the softest shooting. It is essentially a CZ-75, but a little heavier built and with a full length dust cover and a slide mounted safety/decocker instead of frame mounted safety. Next is the S&W 5906, then the CZ-75.

I polished the frame on mine, shown with it's namesake big brother in this photo:

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n117/Hunter2506/Eagles.jpg

The current incarnation of the Baby Eagle is back to the Jericho name, though I'm not sure they have an importer at this interim time (Charles Daley had picked them up after Magnum Research, then went out of business).

Also, if you don't mind lower capacity and single action, 9mm 1911's are very sweet shooters. Not always easy to find, though.

Jed Carter
May 26, 2010, 04:30 AM
Personally I would get an auto loading shotgun, with lightloads they have very little recoil. My Sig P226 has less felt recoil than my Glock G34 but just barely. If you have hand/wrist problems then a revolver my be the ticket as "limp wristing" a pistol usually leads to jams like failure to eject / stovepipes. Of all my 9mm pistols the lowest recoil is my STI Trojan, the 1911 platform in 9mm is probably the best with double stack frames capacity could be as high as 20-22 rounds, but I reccomend a single stack 1911 with 10 round Wilson Combat mags.

Armedleprechaun
May 26, 2010, 04:39 AM
I would go with a Glock 19 or 17. I am a rather small shooter at only 5'5 125lbs. For even less recoil I would go with a compensated or "C" model 17 or 19, as others have suggested. Also, if this helps I have about 1200 rounds through my Glock 19. I would trust my life to it!

Take care, best wishes
Evan :)

bikerdoc
May 26, 2010, 06:07 AM
For me, Taurus 92, and CZ 75 are very soft on my old broke down hands. YMMV

wnycollector
May 26, 2010, 06:26 AM
S&W 5906's weighs in at ~39oz...that should dampen recoil some.

Wadero
May 26, 2010, 06:53 AM
http://www.palmpistol.com/

When these are finally produced it might be something to think about.

harmon rabb
May 26, 2010, 07:19 AM
i think you're barking up the wrong tree. get a big heavy ass .357 and fire .38spl out of it. .38spl out of my gp100 feels like a mouse fart. barely any recoil. far far less recoil than my sig 226 in 9mm.

you will not find any 9mm that recoils as lightly as .38spl out of a large framed .357.

Shipwreck
May 26, 2010, 07:21 AM
This is the softest shooting 9mm I have ever shot - but then again, it's WAY expensive :neener:

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g320/mistershipwreck/Operator-red1.jpg


So realistically, I'd recommend a Beretta 92FS. Besides that 9mm 1911 I have, the Beretta is one of the softest shooting standard production 9mms I have ever shot.

The baby eagle mentioned above is even heavier - so that's worth looking at as well.

rrruuunnn
May 26, 2010, 08:00 AM
Like someone said that a revolver is good. Maybe a Ruger GP100.

In 9mm, maybe a uzi pistol would do well at 60 ounces.

I put a tactical light on my Beretta 92 to add weight.

OregonJohnny
May 26, 2010, 12:27 PM
Here are a few attributes off the top of my head that help to lessen "felt-recoil":

Heavy weight
Long barrel
Wide (side-to-side) grip
Low bore axis

One 9mm in particular that has all these attributes, that I have a lot of experience with and can recommend whole-heartedly is the classic and proven Beretta 92. Good luck with your search!

The Lone Haranguer
May 26, 2010, 07:12 PM
Any 9mm is going to have some recoil. You can't cheat Mr. Newton. ;) Generally, though, a heavy steel gun is going to have the least felt or perceived recoil, if the weight is not excessive for your wrist and hand. The CZ75, Browning Hi-Power and steel-frame "Third Generation" Smith & Wessons are all excellent. While I generally don't care for compensated pistols, your situation might be a use for them. You can have the pistol of your choice Magna-Ported or purchase a Glock 19C.

Kingofthehill
May 26, 2010, 07:20 PM
I own and have owned MANY MANY guns...

Softest recoiling 9mm i have ever encountered

Ruger P95

http://i47.tinypic.com/165i61.jpg

STI Trojan 6" 9mm

http://i48.tinypic.com/2w3566r.jpg

Quack
May 27, 2010, 12:53 PM
my softest shooting 9mm.

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Quackzilla/Guns/DSC_2344.jpg

and then this is 2nd

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Quackzilla/Guns/DSC_2353.jpg

MikeBoyd
May 27, 2010, 07:53 PM
I have a Stoeger Cougar, which is really the lightest shooting pistol I have ever fired. It actually kicks less than many .380s. With the rotating barrel, it has very little barrel flip and Academy Sports sells them for around $400. The .40 S&W kicks about the same as most 9mm pistols. If you look up the web site "the best 9mm" you can read up on most of the popular less expensive 9mm pistols. http://www.best9mm.com/

Hope this helps, you already got some of the best advice in previous post. Good luck with your search.

earlthegoat2
May 27, 2010, 08:21 PM
HK P7s are very soft shooting for their size. It is quite easy to accurately rapid fire one. Probably has something to do with the gas operated delayed blowback system.

easyg
May 28, 2010, 12:27 AM
The Ruger P95 has a nice heavy slide and a linkless cam that is supposed to make the recoil more of a push than a snap. It's still fairly light in weight overall as well.
Softest recoiling 9mm i have ever encountered

Ruger P95


Yep.
The Ruger P95 is real easy to shoot.


http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n165/allenXdog/HPIM6391.jpg


http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n165/allenXdog/HPIM6384.jpg

triplebike
May 28, 2010, 12:34 AM
[QUOTE=MikeBoyd;6520498]I have a Stoeger Cougar, which is really the lightest shooting pistol I have ever fired. It actually kicks less than many .380s. With the rotating barrel, it has very little barrel flip and Academy Sports sells them for around $400. The .40 S&W kicks about the same as most 9mm pistols. If you look up the web site "the best 9mm" you can read up on most of the popular less expensive 9mm pistols. http://www.best9mm.com/

+1 for the Cougar - unbelievably low recoil - Very easy & comfortable & to shoot
Extremely reliable (2000+ flawless rds fired)

CPshooter
May 28, 2010, 01:59 AM
The weight of the gun and a comfortable grip that maximizes surface area in YOUR hand is your best bet for taming recoil. Don't buy into the low bore axis crap. I've owned everything from Glocks to H&Ks to 1911s. The bore axis height doesn't change perceived recoil at all. A Glock with a low bore axis that doesn't fit your hand well will have more perceived recoil than something with a higher bore axis that fits your hand better.

With that said, take a hard look at the H&K P30. There isn't a more comfortable gun out there. With the interchangeable side panels and backstrap you can fit an already ergonomically superior gun to your hand for an even better fit. A 9mm P30 would be a great gun for your situation. At $850 it's not cheap, but H&K makes the best polymer guns in the world IMHO. They offer unmatched reliability with great shooting characteristics. You really can't go wrong with a H&K.

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