Good low recoil 9mm defense round

Good low recoil 9mm defense round

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    Good low recoil 9mm defense round

    I freely admit that ballistics and ammo is not my strong suit. I am going to be changing my glock 19 (carrying 124g Federal Hydra Shocks) out for a Taurus 709 as soon as I can get my hands on one. The 19 is just to clunky for me to conceal comfortably. I was hoping I could get a few reccomendations for low recoil 9mm defense ammo for the taurus slim when I get my hands on it.

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    You must know that at least one .45 guy is going to make a crack about *all* 9mm ammo being low-recoil, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by orangevol View Post
    Im more interested in fellow gun owners oppinions rather then a search engine. But thank you for the links.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    Im more interested in fellow gun owners oppinions rather then a search engine. But thank you for the links.
    Honestly I did not know they actually made "low recoil" 9mm until I searched for it.
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    The low recoil stuff uses the old hydrashock bullet which is prone to failures and low expansion. I don't think any good defense round using a modern bullet design will be low recoil. If you're skiddish just stay away from the +p loadings. Try the 147gr Gold Dot, if you can find HST 147gr (non +p) that'd be super, or the Federal Tactical Bonded ammo. Remington Golden Saber 147gr is a good round as well. Winchester Ranger-T or the bonded 147gr works well also. Gold Dots or Golden Saber are probably the easiest to find around.

    Basically I'm naming the top 9mm defense ammo in non +p

    Gunbroker has a pretty good number of listings for these various choices.
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    So.......if you found a
    Good low recoil 9mm defense round
    Would you keep the Glock? If you can't conceal your G19 well, that's one thing, but relating that and your search for a low recoil 9mm has me pondering why you would be changing two things at the same time. I have always been under the impression to change things one at a time, and then you'll know what changes need to be made after research. With what you've portrayed here, I would say stick with your Personal Defensive round and get a heavier pistol to mitigate the felt recoil. Something like an all steel 1911 model 9mm, or a SIG compact or something. In my opinion, if you're looking at the Taurus specified, AND looking to a lighter recoiling 9mm PD round, your trying to kill two birds with one stone when they are three feet apart. You may be diving into something that will only lead to disappointment again. I wish you well in anything you do for your self defense purposes, and with that, a bit of good luck.

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    #1 If the 124gn H/S is too much to handle Well
    #2 the 709 is much lighter & will pack alittle more punch
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    i took it he was looking for low recoil to offset the diff. in recoil betwwen the tarus and the glock.

    just stay away from the +p stuff and you will be fine.


    gold dot, golden saber, hst, ranger-t,ect...

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    i am not a glock guy........ but with all the info on here about the 709 ..... i would keep my glock. at least i could trust it.

    and this coming from an XD9SC guy. just my 2cents
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    As others have mentioned, just stay away from +p and you will be fine. Also the light rounds 115gr and 124gr should be a little softer firing than the 147gr. I prefer 147's, but pick what works for you.

    Federal HST's are probably top of the heap at the moment, when you can find them. I just got a couple of boxes of .40 HST's from ammunitiontogo.com, but they were out of 9mm.
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    I use Federal Tactical HST in 147grn for all my 9mms. All my HK Squeezecockers, Walthers and S&Ws eat it like candy and it's a fairly soft shooting round. The HST bullet design is incredible and expands like nothing I have seen in over 35 years of shooting in the military, as an LEO and now retired! Streichers currently has it in stock as I just received two boxes yesterday. The +P 147 HST is also a great bullet but you can feel the difference when firing and I don't consider it soft shooting.

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    low recoil

    I have a lightweight 9 myself (Make and model unimportant) because I'm only 5' 7. I load with 9MM, Federal hydra-shok 124 grain. The recoil is very mild, and after testing by shooting water filled 1 gal containers, I am sure it would be a man stopper.

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