Perceived recoil....no difference
I have shot 9mm, .40 s&w, and .45 caliber in many platforms including Glocks, Sigs, and H&Kís and I donít notice one round recoiling or kicking harder then the other. I always hear that some people prefer 9mm for the controlled recoil but it seriously feels the same to me as .40 caliber or .45 caliber.
I have tested each caliber in different guns back to back so that if there was a harder kick to any one gun or caliber it would be most noticeable at that moment. T
The different calibers also donít affect my groupings....some times I am dead on with the .45 or .40 while I am not with the 9mm, but then everything will change in the next couple magazines. I am also pretty anal retentive about being 100 percent consistent. If I leave the range without putting almost every round in the bulls eye I feel like I am shooting poorly. Anyways, back on subject the differing rounds donít seem to affect me any. Anyone else experience this before?
Gun weight and ammo loading
I shoot a variety of guns and ammo, and can feel recoil differences as gun weight or ammo load change.
For example, I have taken a Glock 23 (24 ounces) and a Sig P229 (32 ounces) to the range together, with the same .40 caliber ammo. Then I alternate between the two guns, from one magazine to the next. The lightweight Glock 23 recoils noticeably more than the heavier Sig P229.
I have also alternated with the Glock 23 and an almost identical Glock 19 (9mm). The .40 caliber G23 has noticeably more recoil than the 9mm G19, even though the guns are the same weight and size.
Home defense and not carry? - heavy gun
If you're buying a gun for home defense and don't have to carry it, you might as well go with a gun in all steel with full size grips. Since you want a caliber larger than 9mm, the heavy gun will handle the recoil better and allow faster followup shots. There are many guns on the market that would meet these requirements, including full size 1911s in .45 caliber, all steel Sigs in .40 or .45, full size steel revolvers, etc. Here is a Sig P226 in all stainless that weighs 42 ounces, has night sights, and is available in .40 caliber with 12 round magazines, for example:
Originally Posted by andrlje