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Softest shooting 45 alive?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by IMTHDUKE, Sep 19, 2016.

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  1. Ron James

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    I put this question in the same category of " How many angels can dance on the head of a pin ". No reasonable answer./
     
  2. rondog

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    On a 1911 you can tune the recoil some by changing the firing pin stop plate. There's a radius on the bottom edge that pushes the hammer over and cocks it when the slide cycles back.

    A larger, smoother radius means more recoil, but easier to operate the slide. A smaller, sharper radius tames the recoil, but makes racking the slide tougher.
     
  3. Grunt

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    I'm going to say the H&K USP45. The buffer system seems to reduce recoil of 230 grain carry loads to feel like 185 grain target ammo.
     
  4. jjones45

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    Another vote for Hk usp/c,hk45/c, sig p220 carry. I've shot them all a fair amount and own the USP 45c. The USP almost feels like a hot 9mm
     
  5. JDR

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    So is mine. And my Gen4 Glock 21 isn't bad either, with the large beavertail backstrap installed. "IMHO" this setup really works to tame the recoil:)
     
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  6. AZAndy

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    One of many helpful things I learned from 1911Tuner. Excellent tip.
     
  7. weblance

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    My FNX-45 is a joy to shoot. Lots of steel in that slide. Soaks it up well. Second is my Ruger P97. Thats a shooter
     
  8. hemiram

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    Softest shooting 45 that I've ever had is my SAR K2 45, with my sadly gone now S&W 4506 being the next one. I like heavy guns and both of those qualify.
     
  9. JR24

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    Gen 4 Glock 21 is my softest shooting .45 ACP. Softer than any of my 1911's and the Sig P220 I used to own.
     
  10. 460Shooter

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    My FNP45 was a ton of fun to shoot also. Unfortunately it never fed properly. But if the FNX took care of those issues, I'd love to have one again
     
  11. BobWright

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    For the most modest recoil, this combination can't be beat:

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    Bob Wright


    I beg y'all's pardon! I got het up in reading this discussion and forgot that I had wandered into the wrong territory!
     
  12. hammer58

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    I have a Dan Wesson Guardian in a 4.25 commander size that is as smooth as butter. I could shoot 230gr all day long if I had enough ammo:D

    Nice carry gun too!
     
  13. RA40

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    The squared FPS has been another project to apply to the 1911. The flat wound spring also smoothed out the feel to my perceptions.
     
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    I understand, the softest shooting .45acp I have is easily my S&W 25-2.
    All my others are to close to bother comparing,it just becomes splitting hairs really.
     
  15. Tallball

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    I have shot 32's with more recoil.


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    I agree, it was a goofy enough thread to start without adding "I will like to confine the answers to 4.25 barrel" :confused:
     
  17. Darkstar888

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    PPQ45 is pretty soft.


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  18. BlindJustice

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    Back in the Pre-JHP era, most of the major ammo manufacturers
    offered 230 gr. FMJ @ 830 fps and a target load
    185 gr. SWC/FMC @ 775 FPS.

    My full size S&W 1911 shoots softest compared to my Commander
    or RO Compact. But my softest shooting .45 is my S&W 625 5"
    barrel with full underlug, coming in at 45 oz empty is it.

    Softest shooting SD/HD load is
    oddly +P 185 gr. Barnes TAC-XP @ 1,000 fps 5" Bbl.
    also has minimal muzzle flash
    I usually carry 230 gr. Fed HST or Hornady XTP/Speer Gold Dots
    non-+P @ 900 FPS

    then there's the Marlin 1894 .45 Colt 20" Bbl.
    Barnes Vortec 200 gr. Solid Copper HP, @ 1,000 5" Bbl.
    it's non-+P - I have fired a Buff. Bore Bear load 325 gr.
    @ 1325 FPS and ouch,

    R-
     
  19. Dragon breath

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    The lightest recoiling 45 that I have shot is also the cheapest 45 that I have ever shot. It was a Hi Point. That big heavy slide absorbs recoil very well.
     
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    If you must go with the short 4.25" barrel, my vote would be for a Baer 1911 Commanche with the full length dust cover. All steel frame with the extra weight of the full length dust cover to tame the recoil. A 5" Government size Baer, also with the full length dust cover, would be even softer and more luxurious to shoot.
     
  21. Hangingrock

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    Not being demeaning of the original subject question, but I've never thought thus considered the 45ACP to be a difficult problem in regards to felt recoil. That said a reduced 200Gr-SWC paper punching target load in a S&W 4506 is soft shooting.
     
  22. Rubber_Duck

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    Bingo. A flat-bottom or small radius firing pin stop will do wonders for the perceived recoil of a 1911. As far as softest shooting .45, I am hard pressed to decide which is softer shooting between my Colt Rail Gun (full size, steel frame 1911) and my Glock 21. Both are cream puffs to shoot.
     
  23. DHart

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    Well... since we seem to have evolved into discussions of soft-shooting full-size .45s, I find the Springfield GI Hi-Cap 1911, which is all-steel, to be very soft-shooting, especially with all upgraded components and customized by John Harrison. And I do carry this on occasion. Black Ion-Bond DLC finish.

    It, too, has a flat-bottom firing pin stop - something that John has done on every custom 1911 he's made for me.
    SAHiCap_rt-1.jpg
     
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  24. zaitcev

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    In my limited experience, the softest shortie is Kahr P45 with new springs (a folk remedy is to use a Wolff spring for K40, because Kahr factory springs are not very good). Out of full-sizers, probably 1911A1, strangely enough for its age. But really there's not much difference between it and full-size XD(m) or Glock 21. Beretta Px4 is quite nice too.
     
  25. hAkron

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    I've got an M&P in .45. I think I paid $425 for it brand new last year. Great gun. Very easy shooting.
     
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