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Softest shooting .40 Pistol

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by HKURAZ, May 27, 2008.

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  1. HKURAZ

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    Which 40 cal handgun would have the least amount of felt recoil and muzzle flip?
     
  2. jhco

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    my p229 is not bad i have 9mm that are worse but i know there are others that are better then the 229
     
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    My P226s shoot most 40S&W loads softly, and my CZ75Bs are also very controllable. My M&Ps are demonstably 'whippier' than the above.
     
  4. HKURAZ

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    I forgot to include sig. I shot a 226 in 9mm and it seemed to have more flip than my own HK USP in 9. That is why I did not include sig.

    I shot a m&p40 and it was realy soft. Also babey eagle in 40 had low recoil too.

    So lets add:

    Walther P99
    Sig 239
    Sig 226
    Babey Eagle
     
  5. Z-Michigan

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    Recoil is very subjective. The only hard rule is that heavier guns will have less actual recoil; but that doesn't mean it will feel like less. I shot a Kahr M40 that didn't have much recoil. I've shot Glock .40's that weren't too bad, and I've found steel frame guns can feel hard kicking even with 9mm. Then I shoot full-house .357 in a steel snubbie and it doesn't bother me at all. Your best bet is to rent what you're interested in and see if it's OK for you.
     
  6. jgo296

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    full size glock
     
  7. sig2022shooter

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    I've heard that the Beretta PX4 Storm is exceptionally soft shooting due to its rotating barrel.
     
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    I agree 100%!
     
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    i agree with michigan - there are no hard rules on recoil - sure - everyone has different opinions on how a gun shoots and how easy it is to control the recoil - sure, some guns are going to have an obvious lean one way or the other - my plastic Kahr .45 recoils like you wouldn't believe (but its accurate!!!) but try the same round in a full size 1911 and your going to have a noticeable difference - but those are the extremes - if your looking strictly for a .40 that is easy to shoot - then get something heavy with a grip that feels good to you - i assume the .40 your looking for is not going to be a carry gun - personally i have never found a full size .40 that I liked carrying concealed - for concealment purposes i would recomend going down to a 9mm or a .45 - for me personally all of the compact .40s i have shot seem to be alot snappier then my 9's or 45's - but then again thats just me - see - someone else might hate the way .45's recoil -

    If i had to vote on the .40 i liked the most based simply on recoil - well that would be easy - for ME its:

    HK USP .40
     
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    Ruger P94
     
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    1. beretta 96
    2. G35
    3. USP
     
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    Beretta PX4, by FAR the softest shooting .40 out of all that I've shot. I dare say it has less recoil than alot of 9mm's I've shot.

    Jason
     
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    My Ruger P94 is one of my all time favorite shooting handguns.....
     
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    I imagine the full sized USP .40 would have the least actual recoil as it has a built in recoil buffer which is sopposed to work quite well.

    Of course recoil is subjective and some might feel steel guns recoil less or that the way your hand grips a Glock frame reduces the recoil.
     
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    I have wondered about this myself. After firing the G22 and G23, I asked myself why people subject themselves to such recoil for a tiny increase in power. Then, I fired the G24C...Lord have mercy it was worse yet! Then, I fired a P229 Equinox™. :banghead: Some day I'll learn to stop firing other folks' nice pistols.
     
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    Beretta 96, I agree. Sig 229 isn't bad either.
     
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    The softest shooting 40 in my experience was a M&P. I was actually quite astonished.
     
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    I thought my Sig P229 was soft shooting. That is, until yesterday.

    I shot a Heckler & Koch P2000 .40 and was very impressed with it. Recoil was very minor and not punishing like I think it is coming from the barrel of a compact or subcompact Glock. I liked this pistol so much and did so well with it, I'm now actively trying to find one to purchase.
     
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    I've fired my Glock 23 a whole buch of times and don't find the recoil all that bad. Other folks think it's a pain.

    OTOH I have a CZ-40P that while all aloy frame and heavier than the G23 seems like it kicks like a mule.
     
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    Smith and Wesson 610

    Although you're probably not looking for a revolver. It feels lighter than shooting 9mm out of a full sized 1911 to me.
     
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    my H&K P7M10 shoots .40S&W pretty soft, at least compared to my buddy's Glock 23....I also have a vague recollection of a rented Sig shooting pretty easily, too.
     
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    I have a px4 in 9mm and it is pretty darn soft, I can imagine the .40 cal is also relatively soft.
     
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    Beretta PX4

    Perhaps, it is just the way this pistol fits me, but the rotating barrel on the
    PX4 seems to do a great job. I have been a fan of the .40 S&W, my first handgun was a Ruger P94(aluminum frame) .40 I bought in 1999. I own a Glock 23, Glock 22, S&W Sigma, Sig P239 DAK, and a CZ 40P, all of them in .40. The PX4 is by far the softest shooting .40 of them all. I would compare the recoil to my S&W 5906 shooting 9mm+P.
    As a bonus the PX4 is the second most accurate pistol I own, behind only my Sig 239 9mm.
    On a side note, my Glocks are the worst for me as far as recoil goes. I do not dislike Glocks, just my observation.
     
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    Ruger has never made the P95 (polymer frame) in .40 that I'm aware of. Only the aluminum framed P944.
     
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