This is a discussion on 38 special felt recoil: Taurus v. SW within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I have SW model 37 airweight. I was talking with a friend about the felt recoil (my wife doesn't like it). He said he had ...
I have SW model 37 airweight. I was talking with a friend about the felt recoil (my wife doesn't like it). He said he had the same gun, as well a a similar Taurus with ported barrel and the recoil from the taurus was much less than the SW with the same ammunition. And he said the Taurus (Titanium?) was lighter than the SW.
Somehow, this just doesn't seem plausable to me. Unless the porting (a couple of small holes that send gases up to keep the pistol from rising) uses up significant recoil forces.
He has offered to go to the range with me when we can arrange it to make the comparisons.
Anyone have any experience with this recoil issue.
Well, I wouldn't use a ported gun for carry to begin with.
I assume your smith is a 637, with the full hammer, five shot model, it's listed as being 17 ounces. Taurus has a comporable model 85MULTI, which is a titanium ultralite that looks like it has ports, at 13.5 ounces.
Generally the heavier a weapon is, the gentler the recoil. The grips are roughly the same style on them too, but that does make a difference. IF you could get some full finger grips for the smith (which would make it slightly larger), recoil probably wouldn't feel as bad as with the stock grips.
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