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What has less recoil than my 17C

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by JBrady555, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. JBrady555

    JBrady555 Well-Known Member

    Hello all I'm in the market for a new 9mm, in the last few days I've had many posts about CZ, EAA, and RIA. I want my next 9mm to be a accurate gun who's main purpose will be range plinking/competition. I have a serious wrist problem so recoil is a factor even in 9mm. I have narrowed my choices down to a CZ-75, EAA Elite Match Witness, or a Rock Island Tactical 9mm 1911. As you can see they are all heavier steel framed guns as I'm guessing this will give me the lowest recoil. I have not shot none of the three and probably won't before I buy.

    Right now my lowest recoiling gun is a Glock 17C which even at 22oz or so is pretty soft shooting since its a compensated 9mm. My question is will one or all of the steel framed 9mm's listed above have lower felt recoil than the 17C that I already own? If they aren't I might look at a glock 34, I could always buy a compensated barrel to get the recoil down. Would this produce lower recoil than the heavy steel guns? I also want my next gun to be a 9mm that can rival the accuracy of the 1911 .45s that I see at the local club, which gun would fit that bill the best? Of course I know it all depends on the shooter but I want to give myself the best chance possible when having "closest to the bullseye" competitions with the 1911 guys. Thanks for any info, the more of these posts I put out, the closer I get to making a final decision.
  2. Walt Sherrill

    Walt Sherrill Well-Known Member

    Look around for the heaviest STEEL-framed gun you can find. That'll help with recoil as much or better than a comped-polymer-framed gun (like the 17C.) And you could always find a comped version of those guns, over time.

    I doubt you'll notice much difference in recoil in the 34 with a comped barrel and the 17C -- as they've tried to keep the 34 and 17 similar in weight and balance, and the 34 is only .8 of an ounce heavier than the 17.

    A Beretta with a comped barrel might be available, since they have an open slide on top.

    The heaviest CZs might be an option -- they have heavier models than the base 75B. Look at CZ-USA site for the weight of their various guns. The pricey Tactical Sport is the next step up, and it weighs 2.8 lbs empty; the slightly less-expensive 75B-based Shadow Target is 2.4 lbs, empty. (The Glocks weigh around 1.6 lbs, empty, by comparison.)

    You are NOT really limited to 9mm. You can also look at the CZ-97, which is a bigger gun, or the similar Witness Match guns. Find one with the features you like. Look at the Cajun Gun Works website for a great 97B tricked out for bullseye-type shooting.

    You have options.
  3. JBrady555

    JBrady555 Well-Known Member

    Well the Rock Island weighs in at around 39ozs and I just don't think I can pass up the price tag. Plus I can learn to tinker with the 1911 myself possibly opening up a whole new hobby within a hobby.
  4. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    What is your budget? I've found that at a competition level you really have to pay for accuracy.
  5. JBrady555

    JBrady555 Well-Known Member

    Cheap as possible. I won't/can't spend more that about 650.00 tops and that included transfer fees and all. Really makes the Rock Island Tactical a sweet deal at about 430.00. I could always build it up as I see fit.
  6. Stringfellow

    Stringfellow Well-Known Member

    You might be able to snag an STI Spartan for about that price. The Spartan is made from Rock Island frame and slide (Armscor), but STI internals and fitting. The result is supposedly one of the most accurate 1911s you can get for anywhere near the price.
  7. JBrady555

    JBrady555 Well-Known Member

    The only problem I have found is nobody has any of the STI guns in stock.

    FIVETWOSEVEN Well-Known Member

    I recently got a CZ75B and love the recoil on it. I'll have to upload the video I got of me practicing drawing and shooting and it shows what little recoil it has.
  9. Oro

    Oro Well-Known Member

    You could also likely find a Colt 1991a1 Commander for Under $650. $500 to $550 is a consistent range for them. They are the models made from 1991 to 2000, first in a dull matte blue then Parkerized. Also known as the "ORM" 1991 since the current models have the same model number "Old Roll Mark" meaning the big "1991A1" on the slide.
  10. needmorecowbell

    needmorecowbell Well-Known Member

    I sold a 17C to buy a 75b and have never regretted it. Much better ergos, accuracy, and slightly better recoil in my opinion. For you, I'd suggest getting the CZ SP01 which is slightly heavier.
  11. jigglyjames29

    jigglyjames29 Well-Known Member

    Strike One from Arsenal when that becomes available..

    ...dat bore axis...
  12. hentown

    hentown Well-Known Member

    IF you shoot a steel-framed pistol with a higher bore axis than your G17c, you'll probably be pleasantly surprised at how your Glock has been handling that recoil!
  13. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    As said above about heavier guns have less percieved recoil.
    An additional plus is to have a little more weight "FORWARD". The CZ SPO1 all models have the tac-rail that brings more weight forward. They are well known to competitors for accuracy AND fast follow-up shots due to to the lighter rmuzzle flip. They also have a lower bore axis due to the upswept beavertail.

    I shoot the 75B, and my son shoots the SPO1 Shadow. His noticeably has less flip than mine with the same reloads.
  14. hentown

    hentown Well-Known Member

    My Glock 21 seems to handle recoil a lot better than my 70 Series GC. I guess perceived recoil really is subjective, though.
  15. Jed Carter

    Jed Carter Well-Known Member

    From personal experience, I would get a 9mm 1911, like the STI Spartan, I shoot in USPSA matches and don't handload. I have tried the Wilson Combat shock buffers, the do have some effect on felt recoil, but the STI Recoil Master guide rod system is a big help.
  16. Walt Sherrill

    Walt Sherrill Well-Known Member

    I agree with your other comments about the CZs, but am not so sure about any link between bore axis and beavertail design...
  17. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    I'm post #17 and the first guy to mention a S&W 5906?

    Ok, so it's an all steel frame. Big plus for recoil absorption. Double sack mag means a wide enough grip that the recoil is disbursed nice and evenly.
    All in all, excellent guns, can be found in the $300-350 range used, and will offer ultra-reliable performance in addition to costing much less and having little recoil. that's my recommendation.
  18. rcmodel

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  19. C0untZer0

    C0untZer0 Well-Known Member

    You might also look into a Glock 17L

    Mine is very soft shooting.

  20. montgomery381

    montgomery381 Well-Known Member

    The Beretta PX4. Some people don't like the looks but Glock is almost universally acknowledged as lacking in the looks department. It feels really good in hand. The Beretta is very soft shooting and smooth. I think for a 9mm range gun it is hard to beat.

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