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Hi-Point .380 ACP vs 9mm Recoil

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by IcemanUnlimited, Jun 13, 2011.

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  1. IcemanUnlimited

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    These two guns are pretty much identical in every way other than the ammunition fired. Am I safe to assume the .380 has less recoil than the 9mm?
     
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    Not necessarily. The majority of .380s are blowback operated as opposed to the locking-breech used by guns chambered for the 9mm and larger rounds. If the guns are otherwise identical, you have a good chance of having less recoil in the .380, but you can't always make a ruling on recoil by caliber alone.
     
  3. Panzercat

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    [edit] Nevermind that mass part, then. ;)

    Also, .380 can be tedious to find tho ymmv on that. I had somebody I used to work with it complain non stop about availibility and pricing. You'll always fine 9mm, tho.
     
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    Same size and weight in the two models. Like I said, the only real difference between the two being the ammunition. That being said, would my assumption be correct?
     
  5. Panzercat

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    Normally i'd say the .380, but you're right, they're almost exactly the same, right down to design and ejection if I'm not mistaken. Short of having one in my hand, I'd say you may be right on the recoil. 9mm > 380

    Other models, 380 is generally percieved as snappier, but design affects that too.
     
  6. Carl N. Brown

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    Both the .380 and 9mm Hi Point pistols are unlocked blowback operated. I would expect the .380 Hi Point to have less recoil than the 9mm Hi Point, since the .380 Hi Points I have seen are far from lightweight.
     
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    Get the 9mm.
     
  8. IcemanUnlimited

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    lol, it wasn't a question of which one to buy, it was a question of recoil.
     
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    IF both models are identical, then of course the 9mm will have greater recoil as the 9mm is substantially more powerful than the .380acp (heavier projectile pushed faster).

    I would imagine there would be a much heavier recoil spring within the 9mm model, so that may have some noticeable impact on felt-recoil, but I don't believe it will level the field so that both have identical recoil.
     
  10. Panzercat

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    I just came across a private sale for $150, case, holster and clip.
    I'll be picking up a C9 tonight :)
     
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