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Review: New(?) Sprinco recoil reducer

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Harold Mayo, Feb 27, 2003.

  1. Harold Mayo

    Harold Mayo Participating Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Hutchinson, Kansas
    I'm not a big fan of gadgetry on handguns (or long guns, for that matter) but I like the whole concept of recoil reducers. I have used a Shock-tec in a Browning hi-power for years without any problem and it works pretty much as advertised. I had not purchased a recoil reducer for a 1911 until recently because, to my knowledge, no one made one that wasn't configured like a full-length guide rod (which I hate). I'm sure that I'm probably wrong on that since I never searched very hard, but that was my understanding.

    Anyway, I happened to read that Sprinco had introduced a recoil reducer that was the same size (approximately) as a regular recoil spring guide rod for a 1911. I decided to try it. After e-mailing them on availability, I called and ordered one. It arrived SWIFTLY...they must have mailed it on the same day that I ordered it and I'm only a state away.

    I put the thing in my Michiguns-built 1911 and went out to the "range". The thing worked GREAT! With a variety of ammunition and from different shooting positions and varying one and two-handed grips, there was a noticeable difference in recoil. There were no malfunctions in about 200 rounds of shooting. With Fiocchi .45 ACP ball (80% of what I shot), there was almost NO muzzle raise at all. Double-taps were faster because I didn't lose my sight picture AT ALL...something that normally only happens when I'm shooting 9mm and usually not even then.

    I'm fairly impressed with the product. The only downfall, in my eyes, is that it inhibits my reloading and slide-racking technique. I don't use the slide release but grasp the rear of the slide overhand and pull back and release. There are various proponents and detractors of this and I won't go into them but it is irritating that, if I keep the thing in the gun, I'll have to recondition myself to using the slide release and it is SO difficult to do so after the years and years of doing it the other way. Still yet, it REALLY aids in retaining the sight picture and I was shooting faster and retaining accuracy WITH the reducer at a higher level than I do WITHOUT, so it may be a keeper.
  2. Kentucky Rifle

    Kentucky Rifle Member In Memoriam

    Dec 23, 2002
    Louisville, Ky.

    I personally know one member of THR who buys a new Sprinco each time he buys a new automatic. He's very pleased with Sprinco. They have a good guarantee too.
    It's something like, "Try the rod and if it doesn't do what we say it'll do we'll give you a full refund~NO questions asked".


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