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Recoil: Glock 29 vs 5" 1911 10mm

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by RonDeer10mm, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. RonDeer10mm

    RonDeer10mm Well-Known Member

    If you have shot both which in your opinion has more felt recoil/ muzzle flip, the Glock 29 or a 1911 in 10mm (both with full power 10mm)?
  2. RhinoDefense

    RhinoDefense Well-Known Member

    Less in the 1911 as it is heavier.
  3. AKMtnRunner

    AKMtnRunner Well-Known Member

    Apples to oranges comparison. The 20 vs the 1911 would be more appropriate. I've read from numerous sources that the glock do a remarkable job of handling the recoil, and in fact the 29 is not unlike the 20; perhaps due to the gen 3's having the dual recoil spring that supposedly reduces felt recoil.

    But if size is an issue, the 29 doesn't have any comparison or competition. If willing to tote around a full-size, no reason not to take the 1911 or full size glock.
  4. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    I've shot a 29 next to a Colt Delta Elite. I found that the 29 seemed to have less recoil. Well, not "less" recoil.. I'm sure there was actually more, but the lower bore and a good high grip go a long way in making the 29 a soft (relative to 10mm) shooter.
  5. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    Because of the Glocks wide grip and grip angle the recol is spread out over much more surface area in your hand and you will get much less muzzle flip. The 1911 is heavier, and in theory has less recoil, but since it has more muzzle flip and the recoil is concentrated on a smaller portion of your hand it will feel sharper and heavier.
  6. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    ^ Bore axis also helps a lot in keeping muzzle flip down.
  7. olderguns

    olderguns Well-Known Member

    It may only be me but feels like my g29 shoots softer then my brothers 1911... I can shoot 2 or 3 hundred rounds out of my 29, but when i took his 1911, less then 100 and I was done,
  8. hentown

    hentown Well-Known Member

    I own a G29 and 1911s, but don't own a 1911 in 10mm. However, I have shot .400 Cor-Bon through one of my 1911s. Glocks, in my humble opinion, despite their light weight (which is only one factor), handle recoil and muzzle flip better than do 1911s. It's the wider, polymer grip and the lower bore axis. All G29s and G30s use a dual recoil spring system, from their genesis.
  9. 481

    481 Well-Known Member

    If you wanna answer the question for yourself, you can use the equation below to calculate the total free recoil of any gun so long as you know the weight of the bullet in grains (M), the velocity of the bullet in feet per second (V), the weight of the propellant in grains (P), and the weight of the gun in pounds (W)-

    Total Free Recoil Energy = [(MV + 4700P) ÷ 7000]² ÷ [64.348] ÷ [W]

    Of course, perceived/"felt" recoil is an entirely different matter since it depends on your perception of the gun's recoil- so you'd have to actually fire the gun in question to see what the difference is to you, but the equation above can at least give you some idea of what to expect.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2012
  10. cauldron

    cauldron Well-Known Member

    I've owned a couple 1911s in 10mm and a couple glocks in 10mm, I have sold the 1911s and kept the glock (a 29 and 20). One 1911 was a colt, and one was an Auto Ordnance.

    the 10mm 1911s were fun to shoot, but not as nice as the glocks. The 20 I can shoot all day, and the 29 is for some odd reason a very accurate pistol. (and also not bad to shoot) The 29 is softer to shoot than some tiny .380s I've shot.

    I still have 1911s in .45, but the 10mms were just not doing it for me after a couple magazines.

    Short answer... the 29 feels like it has less recoil.
  11. nickE10mm

    nickE10mm Well-Known Member

    With full power loads....

    The G29 will probably LOOK like it kicks harder, however, the bore axis is lower and grip is wider and will "flex" a bit when the pistol fires.

    The 1911 is "heavier" but has a thinner grip and higher bore axis.

    Long story short: the G29 will be the softer, more comfy pistol to shoot. It will, however, be louder.

    People choose the 1911 for its accuracy and "feel" more than its weight and perceived muzzle flip. At least I did.

    I still enjoy both 1911 AND Glock 10mm's though...
  12. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Well-Known Member

    I too think the Glock will recoil less. I've owned 20's, 29's and a 10mm 1911. The 1911 is heavier, but the Glock has a lower bore axis plus the wider grip tames it more compared to the thinner 1911 grip, just reiterating what has already been said. Plus you save $$.
  13. drd

    drd Member

    Recoil - more fair comparison

    Seems that if you put a Sprinco recoil reducer in the 1911, and then compare the Glock with its recoil reducer, it would be a more fair comparison
  14. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

    I didn't enjoy shooting the 20 or the Delta Elite with full power loads.
  15. JROC

    JROC Well-Known Member

    I shoot full power loads out of my Glock 20SF so I added a 22lb recoil assembly. It's worked flawlessly even with lighter loads and makes shooting heavier loads not such a chore.

    I agree a G20 is a much better comparison to a 10mm 1911 as they are both full size guns where a G29 is a smaller gun.

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