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Low Recoil 9mm Pistols.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by bg226, Jul 3, 2006.

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  1. bg226

    bg226 Member

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    When I was shooting a 9mm BHP, the recoil/muzzleflip was nasty. I couldn't hit a thing. Very disappointing.

    What i'm looking for is a full-size truly low recoil 9mm pistol. It will be for HD.

    Thanks.:)
     
  2. JDGray

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    My fullsize CZ75 isn't bad, but the new SP01 is heavier up front. If I had more cash, I'd get me a few more CZ's:D
     
  3. u084708

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    My CZ P-01 is quite good with regard to recoil, perhaps due to the heavier nose/rail. It's a bit better than the CZ 75B. I've also found the Glock 34 easy on recoil.
     
  4. 10-Ring

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    As low recoil goes, I have found the USP 9 & new Steyr M A1 as good candidtates
     
  5. Minator

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    beretta 92fs, beretta Px4

    Sig 226

    para ord.
     
  6. MIL-DOT

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    "recoil and muzzle-flip" happen AFTER the round is heading downrange !! in other words, muzzle-flip ain't why you "couldn't hit a thing". ;) you see where i'm going with this.....
    also, the 9mm IS a relatively low recoil round, and generally a light weapon will have more recoil. maybe stay away from the polymer frames and look at some steel framed pistols. my IMI jericho (baby eagle) has a heavy steel frame,and it's a copy of the CZ's that are highly recommended here, i'd consider them.
     
  7. schmeky

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    9's have relatively low recoil. If you are recoil sensitive, I highly recommend a CZ. I have owned nearly all popular 9's through the years and my CZ-75 is the "softest" shooting in my opinion.
     
  8. Pilot

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    The CZ's have a little lower bore axis and less felt recoil. The BHP is another one and for a few more bucks an HK P7.
     
  9. robertbank

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    If you don't reload find a reloader in your area. 4 gr of Unique under 125 gr lead bullet is about as soft as you can get and very accurate as well.

    Take Care
     
  10. Shadan7

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    10-ring is right on with the Steyr 9 (either the S or slightly larger M series). Low bore axis and very sweet ergonomics make it very easy to shoot. I use my S9 as the next pistol up from my Ruger Mk II .22 for newbies.


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  11. grimjaw

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    If you were firing a Browning Hi-Power with a weak recoil spring and/or +P ammunition, that might have added to the recoil experience.

    With 115gr standard pressure ammunition, it's quite tame.

    jmm
     
  12. Mayo

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    If you find a 9mm to have too much recoil then you need to go to a SS like SIG P226 ST in 9mm---you won't feel a thing.
     
  13. jlbraun

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    Third on the CZ-75 series. The bore axis on the CZ is about 0.4" lower than my Sig 226, reducing muzzle flip quite a bit.

    In reference to the "can't hit a thing", perhaps the OP is referring to rapid fire? Muzzle flip and recoil might contribute to that, perhaps?
     
  14. BulletFan

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    Taurus PT92

    Big, heavy, lot's of stuff moving during the firing cycle. 9mm isn't that bad to begin with, in a heavy gun, it's not noticable.
    I can put a whole magezine (17rds) into a chest size target as fast as I can pull the trigger at 10 yards , very easily.
    Great gun.

    Beretta 92FS would be great too if you got the extra $400.

    MPB
     
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    Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but I find my CZ-75bd to be very "flippy" when compared to my much smaller and lighter Sig P225. Dunno why, but other people have noticed it too.
     
  16. daysleeprx

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    My CZ SP-01 is very low recoil, however if you decide to go the CZ route (especially since you said this would be an HD gun as well), I recommend replacing the extractor and possibly recoil springs with Wolff springs right away.
     
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    Not trying to be mean but I've never heard of anyone who considered a 9mm BHP to have nasty recoil ro muzzle flip. It's considered by many people to be the best 9mm combat pistol ever made, in spite of all the fancy new plastic DAO guns.

    You may need to look at your grip, if you have not been shooting centerfire pistols you may be useing a weaker grip than you should be.
     
  18. Surefire

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    9mms are snappy, but easily controlled IMO. If you think a BHP has "nasty" muzzle flip, it may be best to start out with a lower powered cartridge, or a really heavy gun. The BHP, while I don't like it due to the IMO very poor trigger, is one of the milder recoiling 9mms IMO.

    You're either going to need to look at a super heavy 9mm (like a Sig 226 ST), or maybe consider a .38 special from a medium frame revolver. IMO, the .38 special is the lowest recoiling cartridge (when fired from a GP 100 or S&W 686, which is also defense capable. I think that snappy rounds tend to feel worse than pushy rounds for newer shooters. The .38 recoil is also not snappy IMO, which makes it more pleasant to shoot IMO.
     
  19. ugaarguy

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    I have to agree with browningguy. I'd strongly consider getting some experienced help to show you several options for grip technique and find one that works for you. Along with grip you need to look at your overall stance and see what can be done there. The BHP is a very soft shooting 9mm and I don't think switching to a slightly heavier SIG or CZ is going to help until you determine if improved grip and stance can fix the problem. Of course, the case may be that the BHP just doesnt fit your hand, but I doubt it would cause problems as bad as you mention. Try that first and let us know how it works out for you.
     
  20. JohnKSa

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    My wife refuses to shoot my Glock 17 because she says the recoil is painful.

    Here are the 9mms that she enjoys shooting.

    H&K USP fullsize
    Beretta PX4
    Ruger P95

    She rates the recoil with the H&K and PX4 as almost identical but says the P95 definitely recoils less than either of the other two.
     
  21. o/u mike

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    Try a full-size 1911 in 9 mm. It will feel like butter going through the muzzle!
     
  22. orangeninja

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    Glock 17 or 19.....surprisingly mild for their weight..the 17 is a downright pussycat.

    Taurus PT92..........fun to shoot, recoil is almost non-existant.

    Beretta 92, same as the Taurus, but the safety is in the wrong place.....no lifetime warranty, etc.

    CZ75......A classic in so many ways, you can't go wrong.

    CZ P01.........though you MIGHT not like that if you thought the HP was too hot, you might not dig it.

    CZ PCR......same as the P01.

    CZ75 Compact............all steel but smaller than the 75 so you can carry it, and recoil is almost non-existant.

    EAA Witness 9mm full size or compact.

    Sig 226.........IF you've got the money.
     
  23. gc70

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    bg226, you could look for a heavier gun to help tame the recoil. A BHP weighs 32 ounces, which is fairly standard for a full-size pistol. You can get the pistol weight up beyond 40 ounces with a 5" 1911 in 9mm or a Sig 226 ST.

    Your issue with the BHP is probably a matter of grip. Your grip on a pistol makes a huge difference in perceived recoil and controlability. The firmness of your grip, how and where you grip a gun, the shape of the gun's grip, and the height of the bore axis above your hand all contribute to how the gun feels to you.

    Several people have mentioned CZ 75s and Beretta 92s, which are excellent pistols. However, they don't fit MY hand and seem to have more recoil than my compact Sig 239.

    Try the BHP again, observing and changing your grip. If it consistently has too much perceived recoil, it may be that the BHP's grip is just not meant for your hand.
     
  24. Dollar An Hour

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    Beretta PX4, Steyr M9-A1, or a 3rd-Gen S&W like a 3913 or 910. These are all soft shooters. :)
     
  25. Mike_in_OC

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    Sig 226.
     
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