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Glock 32 recoil?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by megatronrules, Feb 8, 2003.

  1. megatronrules

    megatronrules Active Member

    Jan 5, 2003
    The sunshine state,Florida
    Whats the recoil of this gun like? For the record I own a glock 17 and 26 I've also shot the glocks 20,21,and 23 extensively and do not find thair recoil bothersome. But i've been told the g32 is brutal in the recoil department is this so? I find glocks in general comfortable to shot and they fit my hand well every glock i've shot feels the same to me.

    Also I've read that the 125gr. hollow point ammo for the .357sig performs the same as the much boasted about 125gr. .357 magnum round it was developed to duplicate. Is this also the case? I am looking into buying another glock and I figure the 32 may be the way to go. So please any feedback from you guys would help greatly in my choice. Thanks
  2. Hand_Rifle_Guy

    Hand_Rifle_Guy Active Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    Palo Alto, People's Republic of Kaliforny
    My G-32 is the only Glock I own, and I've never managed to shoot any of the others, so my opinion is a bit subjective.

    That being said, I do have 20-ish different handguns in all sorts of calbers all the way up to .50 A.E. in repeaters, and some rifle-caliber single-shots, so I can claim wide experience in recoil.

    So: G-32's do NOT have brutal recoil by any stretch of the imagination. My 32 is actually one of my favorite shooters. I find that it has a very balanced power-to-weight ratio. It could best be described as "snappy". That tranlates into fast movement, but it doesn't pound on your hand. It's faster than a .45 1911, for instance, but it doesn't push back as hard. I find that the balance of the 32 settles the gun back in your grip after the recoil/reload cycle very nicely, which makes for a fast next shot. It definitely does not require any kind of crushing grip to achieve this, which I find conducive to accuracy.

    Mind you, the .357 Sig is no popgun caliber. You certainly know you have a high-performance round going off, but in the G-32 it seems to "fit" the gun's balance and my grip exceptionally well. I often find that 9mm guns seem to be sort of "wiggly", like the 9mm recoil impulse is not enough to bounce the gun against the tension of my grip solidly. I've read that some people can do rapid-fire excersizes with .45 caliber 1911's faster and smoother than equivalent 9mm-chambered guns for just this reason. I have a bull-barreled Colt .22 Auto that displays this characteristic. I just can't seem to find a rythm or timing with this gun that works for repeat fire. I have to re-acquire the sights after every shot, where-as with my G-32, the sights return to a lined-up position without any effort after each shot.

    I have a couple of other guns that have that kind of "magic" balance. A S&W 1066 in 10mm with a 4 1/4" barrel. A S&W .$44 magnum Mountain Gun (A tapered barrel 629.) with factory 240-grain loads running at 1250 fps. Both of these guns drop right back into place by themselves, almost. I canNOT say the same for 5" .45 1911's or heavy-barreled 629's. None of my medium-caliber blowback autos do this either. By the time they stop bouncing around from the recoil and slide movement cycle, they're always pointed some slightly odd direction and have to corrected for next shot. I've read about other folks saying they found the same phenomenon happening with 4 1/4" vs. 5" .45's, although some folks really like the way the 5" guns shoot, so it's a bit subjective and influenced by a bunch of variables.

    Magic balance turns up in odd places, sometimes. I have an AMT Automag III, chambered in .30 carbine. This is a 1911-sized gun with a 6 1/2" barrel, with an appropriately extended slide. Chambered in a rifle round, this gun displays a lot of obvious power when shot, and pushes back with a defnite shove. But when it stops jumping around, which can be felt as it happens due to the gun's mass and long action-throw, it's neatly pointed right back on target.

    That's what I find happening with my Glock 32. When all the shouting stops. it's pointed right where you want it. Without trying, almost. It's like magic. That makes it a favorite shooter, and I can never have enough ammo for it ;)

    I wish all my guns did that...
  3. tomkatz

    tomkatz Active Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    auburn washington
    I was out with a friend today shooting his 33, this was his first time shooting it. It was very easy to shoot, it was snappy like HRG said. The larger 32 should be that much better, and the nice thing is even if you don't like the 357, just get a 40 cal barrel. We used 125 gr. cor-bon today, that was all he had, and yes, I have read that performance should be comparable to the magnum 357, have fun with your new gun....tom
  4. Ninj500

    Ninj500 New Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Central Ohio
    I've got a 33 and even with shoulder, arm and hand problems the recoil is manageable. My next handgun purchase will hopefully be a G32 because the recoil should be less of an issue. The .357 Sig is a wonderful cartridge and A LOT of gun to shoot.
  5. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    There was a time over the last summer I was really smitten over th 357sig. I rented several guns in attempt to find the ideal one for me...lets see, XD 357, USPc 357, 1911, and a couple Glocks (32 & 33).
    Of the 2 Glocks I shot, I prefered the overall feel of the 32. Shooting factory ammo was alot of fun & typical Glock performance.
  6. boing

    boing Active Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Well, there ya go, then. :)

    I shot a few mags of Speer Gold Dots through a G32, and it was fine. Maybe that load wasn't up to the typical .357sig potential, but there was nothing to it, really. In light of your statement above, recoil should probably be pretty far down the list of considerations (ammo cost, muzzle flash, etc...would be more of a concern for me).
  7. cratz2

    cratz2 Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Central IN
    I've shot the Glock 33 and a couple SIGs in said chambering. The 357 SIG is very loud and flashy (literally and figuratively) cartridge and I think this adds to the preceived recoil. It is snappy, but on paper most 357 SIG loads should have less actual recoil than most 40S&W loads due to lessened bullet weights. I would still generally say more recoil than hot loads in the G26 but not dramatically moreso.

    I think anyone considering carrying such a gun for CCW could learn to shoot it well at combat distances. At the same time, I'm not sure I would chose the G32 as a first gun to introduce someone to defensive handgun shooting.

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