So a few weeks ago I posted the story that led to me acquiring my new XD45C. Long story short I shot my father in laws' XD45 and we both noticed that it recoiled less than my Sig P220 SAO.
Now when I say significantly less I mean a MARKED reduction compared to my beloved Sig, resulting in much better split times (perceived not measured) between rounds and a heck of a rapid fire group. It was one of those moments where I was expecting the lighter polymer gun to recoil heavier. It went bang and I went wow, it went bang, bang I said wow again, it went bang bang bang bang bang bang...you get the picture and resulted in a rapid fire group tearing the middle of the ten ring out of the target.
Well I have since traded that Sig P220 for an XD45C and streamlight TLR-1. I took that gun to the range and it did not dissapoint.
I only got an answer a few days ago as to why the huge difference in perceived recoil from my local gun shop guy. It turns out the barrel axis on the XD is significantly lower than on the Sig, resulting in more energy coming straight back into my arm and body and less muzzle rise. Well I knew of this, but now I have experienced it and it was cool!
Notice how much closer to barrel center line the web of your hand rides on the XD vs the Sig.