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Blowback Recoil

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Echo9, Mar 8, 2010.

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  1. Echo9

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    I was just picking through some old THR threads, and I noticed that someone said blowback pistols produce more recoil than locked-breech pistols, other factors like frame material and barrel length notwithstanding.

    So far I haven't had an opportunity to fire any blowback pistols besides .22s, which aren't a very good indication one way or the other.

    Is that true? Is the blowback design inherently harsher-recoiling for its caliber? That doesn't make sense to me. It seems like a locked-breech design would snap more because the momentum from the muzzle tilting torques the gun up.
     
  2. The Lone Haranguer

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    I don't think there is enough barrel tilting motion, over a long enough period of time, to cause this. Locked-breech designs actually absorb some of the felt recoil by slowing the slide down and spreading it over a longer time duration.
     
  3. mactex

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    I think some of the answer to your question is how the recoil may be perceived by different people. With blowback, I tend to feel the recoil as a heavier, snappier hit on the palm of my hand than with a similar locked-breech gun. Muzzle flip seems about the same to me.
     
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    ACTUAL recoil will be the same; FELT, or perceived, recoil can be different due to more moving parts slowing the recoil timing
     
  5. NMGonzo

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    my gf does not like the bersa anymore since she started shooting a 1911 (3 to choose from)

    I blame the blowback mechanism.
    Thankfully, georgia arms delivered the other 500 rounds !!
     
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