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Old 10-20-2017, 01:54 PM   #1
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Interesting Look at Recoil

I stumbled across this looking for some other information. I struggled with where to put it here. I shoot all of the calibers tested in GM size 1911s as well as the untested 10mm. 1911s were used in the testing in order to level the playing field. The author speaks to the effort to level the pistol weight aspect.

I would have liked to see both 185 and 200 grain 45 auto results. The author elected to use 230 grain 45 auto.

The author looked at recoil from a competition angle. I do not expect competitors will change calibers as a result of his testing. I think it might be more applicable to self defense. Again, I do not expect changes in that realm from shooters either.

I would have liked to see 10mm included. I find less perceived recoil in 10mm at the same velocity as 40 in the same bullet weight. Obviously, his test protocol took the impressions of humans out and looked at actual recoil. I can only imagine he did not test 10mm as he did not consider 10mm popular in competition circles.

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The author appears a Ph. D. in psychology. I was not familiar with him prior to finding the piece above.
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I would have like to see 185 grain 45 ACP tested against the 180 grain 40 S&W, and 115 grain 38 Super vs 115 grain 9mm. 10mm would have been interesting as well.
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For years I have studied various tables and charts and formulas, and find inconsistencies in methodology sufficient that I have given up. I have been blessed with opportunities to "rent" handguns in shooting ranges, and let me try the various weights of bullets, purported velocities, barrel length and other variables. For me, how it feels in my hand is still my bottom line. As I age, my strength, tolerance of recoil, etc, also changes. So it is an ongoing issues, which gives me an excuse to go to the range more often.
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Hello George:

I boil it down to shooter interface. At this point in my life I enjoy shooting .38 Super the most. The problem is; I have all this other ammunition in need of being expended. :-)
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