What's the Polymer pistol in .40 with less recoil?

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    My Walther PPQ in .40 is very manageable. If you're shooting it for maximum accuracy and grouping, letting the gun recoil fully and holding it at that state after each shot, it will seem like the recoil is great. That much said if I maintain a normal, strong grip and am focused on getting off multiple shots in rapid succession, I've had both good accuracy at 10-15 feet and the recoil feels no worse to me than a 45ACP. It's definitely snappier than a 9mm, but honestly in my opinion the .40 is hardly the snappy, wrist hurting recoil monster some folks like to make it out to be.

    If you can manage a 45 comfortably, the .40 will feel just about the same, though admittedly that's a blanket statement not taking different manufacturers, frames, weight, barrel lengths and loads into account.

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    As a side note: The PPQ is quite possibly the most comfortable handgun I've ever held, out of the box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForsakenDrunk View Post
    sig sp2022 chambered in .40
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    This would be a great Range review, get all of these .40's together and fire each of them.
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    I know I have read something about the HK USP and it's "recoil dampening system". Maybe someone with some actual knowledge on the subject can help out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .XX View Post
    ? ...if it's medium size frame with more than 10 rounds capacity.
    Best one I know is the H&K P30 chambered in .40 S&W. It's design absorbs most of the recoil, making the .40 feel like a subdued 9mm.. I own the 9mm version myself and it's like shooting a .22 or a weak 380.

    You can choose it with or without manual thumb safety, and with striker fire or DA/SA hammer. The LEM/DAO striker fire version can also have two springs replaced in it making it the V1 light LEM trigger if you want a lighter trigger pull. Fantastic gun.

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    I own a S&W 40VE that I love. Fairly comfortable in the recoil area. A co-worker says that her new choice in any caliber is a Springfield, she runs .45 XDM but says that it is smooth as butter.

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    When I made the decision to move from a revolver as my CCW to a polymer frame .40cal., for almost two years I looked at, researched and shot what seemed like everything on the market (which I’m sure it wasn’t). I eventually settled on the Glock 27 and the S&W40c. From there I now selected the S&W40c. One factor was that it had a more controllable felt recoil, among other considerations.

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    Re: What's the Polymer pistol in .40 with less recoil?

    Quote Originally Posted by wmhawth View Post
    The Beretta PX4 Storm's rotary barrel design is known to reduce felt recoil. I haven't shot one in .40 cal but mine in 9mm is a very soft shooter and I'd expect the same would be proportionately true for the PX4 in .40 or .45.
    I have the PX4 in .40 and the felt recoil is nothing to complain about. You are correct.

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    +1 Glock 23 or Sig SP2022 in 40 cal.

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    What's the Polymer pistol in .40 with less recoil?

    Quote Originally Posted by blitzburgh View Post
    I have the PX4 in .40 and the felt recoil is nothing to complain about. You are correct.

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    X2. Easiest .40 I have ever tried. Has less recoil than my LC9


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    m&p .40 ftw!

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    The best recipe for less .40 recoil... just about anything in .45acp. I've shot an older DA LEO duty S&W (circa 2005) .40 and some version (gen 3 maybe) of the Glock .40 and I didn't like the recoil on either. Maybe things have changed in design for 40's to lessen recoil but my 45's sure do help me shoot better and they don't beat the farm yard fertilizer out of my old elbow. From the sound of things, if I were to decide I couldn't live without a .40, I would probably go H&K.

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    What's the Polymer pistol in .40 with less recoil?

    Quote Originally Posted by matthew03 View Post
    The H&K USP's are known for dampening recoil well.
    I have a HK USP 40 and it dampens the recoil quite well.

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    Consider the Ruger SR40 and SR40c
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    Agreed rammerjammer. I love mine
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