Felt recoil 9mm .40

This is a discussion on Felt recoil 9mm .40 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I know there may be a million variables in this question but on the off chance that someone may be able to help I am ...

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 16

Thread: Felt recoil 9mm .40

  1. #1
    Member Array chains1240's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    West Michigan
    Posts
    465

    Felt recoil 9mm .40

    I know there may be a million variables in this question but on the off chance that someone may be able to help I am posting it. I have narrowed my search for a pistol down but now I am considering a .40 instead of another 9mm. Another forum member mentioned diversifying calibers and it makes sense since I cannot buy any 9mm in my town now but there is plenty of .40 on the shelf. For those of you that have fired 9mm and .40 through the same model pistol is the felt recoil so much that it made you uncomfortable? Is it just a little snappier? Any thought would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    Member Array Jumper2501's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Columbia, SC
    Posts
    434
    I've been a .40 fan for some time now. I've tried it and 9mm on a few different platforms over the years. For the most part, the felt recoil has been negligible (although there were some were it was very noticeable), although much of that has to do with the manufacture and balance of a particular gun line. Of course, I'm saying this knowing going in that there's obviously slightly more kick with a more powerful cartridge. Hope this helps.
    NRA member
    GrassRoots GunRights SC member
    Walther PPS .40 / KelTec P3AT

  4. #3
    Senior Member Array wvshooter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Charleston, WV
    Posts
    530
    It's definately snappier but that should make you feel better if you're going to use it for carry instead of a 9mm weapon. The recoil is certainly nothing like either of my 357 magnums. Regarding 40 caliber I would not want to shoot it out of a compact. My EDC is a Sigma 40ve and it's recoil is very manageable. Ditto for the full size Bersa in 40 that I used to have. What guns are you considering?
    "You have to answer for Santino, Carlo. You fingered Sonny for the Barzini people."

  5. #4
    Member Array chains1240's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    West Michigan
    Posts
    465
    Thank you. I have herd this from people and read in this forum that some even prefer the .40 over 9mm in some platforms. One of the owners at the LGS that I go to carries a S&W M&P Compact in .40 and he is going to let me shoot it. He likes the .40 over the 9mm but he also preferred it in the Glock too so he may just prefer it period. I figure if I do not like the .40 I can at least get a taste for the ergonomics of the M&P and decide if I was to buy it in 9mm.

  6. #5
    Ex Member Array Ram Rod's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Fayetteville, AR
    Posts
    13,687
    Quote Originally Posted by kdallen View Post
    I've been a .40 fan for some time now. I've tried it and 9mm on a few different platforms over the years. For the most part, the felt recoil has been negligible (although there were some were it was very noticeable), although much of that has to do with the manufacture and balance of a particular gun line. Hope this helps.
    That's pretty much it. Sub compacts compared to compacts or full size pistols also makes a difference in felt recoil. Once you have made your choice for concealed carry, you work with it, learn it, and become one with and proficient with it......none of this should matter.

  7. #6
    Member Array mutumbo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    florida
    Posts
    115
    Ive shot the glock 26 and glock 27 back to back, and i really couldnt tell much of a difference in the two. pretty much the only input i have here, hope it helps

  8. #7
    Senior Member Array Rotorblade's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    SurfCity
    Posts
    541
    My experience with 40s and 9s in subcompact models is that the 40 has a much sharper recoil. It is for that reason and the cost of ammo that I've migrated back to the 9.

  9. #8
    Member Array ckfarris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    213
    Quote Originally Posted by mutumbo View Post
    Ive shot the glock 26 and glock 27 back to back, and i really couldnt tell much of a difference in the two. pretty much the only input i have here, hope it helps
    +1, I agree
    ‘‘The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose.’’ — James Earl Jones, Actor

  10. #9
    Member Array hihosilver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    467
    While small subcompacts handle 9mm and 45 very well (from my experience). The 40 light sub compacts tend to have much more muzzle flip. Just my experience.
    Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it ......

  11. #10
    KAR
    KAR is offline
    New Member Array KAR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    4
    Quote Originally Posted by mutumbo View Post
    Ive shot the glock 26 and glock 27 back to back, and i really couldnt tell much of a difference in the two. pretty much the only input i have here, hope it helps
    Same here. I was shooting my Glock 26 and the guy next to me let me shoot his 27. Really couldn't tell a difference.

  12. #11
    Senior Member
    Array matdicdad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    SE Virginia
    Posts
    1,110
    I carry a Kahr P9 most of the time. I also carry a SA XD40 sc. The .40 cal is a little snappier then the 9mm, but not too much for my liking. On the upside for the .40 I have found that ammunition is generally more available at my local Walmart than the 9mm.

  13. #12
    kpw
    kpw is offline
    VIP Member Array kpw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    2,149
    Owned a bunch of .40s and similar 9s. I can tell a difference. Like the others have said, the .40 is snappier. Neither caliber is going to beat you up, though.

  14. #13
    Member Array ranburr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    TX
    Posts
    307
    I have had my strong side wrist reconstructed, thus I really notice differences in recoil. I can shoot a 9 or 45 all say. I don't have problems shooting 10mm or 357 Sig for extended sessions. I can hardly make it through a box of 40. It is snappy and has a good deal of torque with it. Glocks seem to be the worst offenders. It is the torque that really does the damage.

  15. #14
    Ex Member Array BikerRN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    State of Discombobulation
    Posts
    5,253
    The first 40 I had ever shot was an HK.

    I didn't like it, but that may have had something to do with the load I was shooting as well. I was shooting the 155 Grain Border Patrol load, which is known to be a little "snappy".

    Fast forward about four years and I shot the same load in a High Power and didn't mind it a bit. I noticed a definate difference in the felt recoil impulse. It was such a difference that I went out and bought a 40. Of course I bought a High Power. I liked it so much I bought two of them.

    Now I'm a fan of the 40 in certain loads, and in certain guns. I prefer the 180 Grain loads over the 155's, but YMMV. Everyone is different as to what the recoil feels like. I am a fan of keeping guns in different calibers in case you can't find ammo in your "preferred" caliber. Thus I would get a 40 if you already have a 9mm or two.

    Another advantage to the 40 is the versatility. You can drop in a 357 Sig Barrel, or change barrels and magazines and shoot 9mm. One of my High Powers will most likely end up getting a .357 Sig barrel fitted to it and the other one will get a 9mm conversion barrel. That way I can shoot all three calibers.

    I could do this with just one of the guns, but I prefer not to because I will have a Gunsmith doing the conversion and I believe that it will be better fitting the guns for one conversion than trying to fit one gun to three different calibers. I already know that one of the guns won't convert well to .357 Sig, so that's a moot point for me.

    I hope this helps you.

    Biker

  16. #15
    VIP Member Array sgtD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    2,292
    I have a medium size .40. It is a quick snappy type of recoil. Not unpleasant though. In a Kahr or something lightweight, I can't say. However, I can say the recoil is far less than a .357 mag in a full size revolver. Perhaps comparable with +p 38spl in a snubby. Not bad overall, but some increase over the 9mm. I don't think enough to make a difference in shootability, but that's JMO.
    When you've got 'em by the balls, their hearts & minds will follow. Semper Fi.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. felt recoil??
    By Dragman in forum Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics
    Replies: 44
    Last Post: January 3rd, 2011, 12:52 PM
  2. Less felt recoil: M&P 40 fs or XDm 40?
    By Ananael in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: April 14th, 2010, 10:04 PM
  3. S&W J-Frame Felt Recoil?
    By jelliott24 in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: December 21st, 2009, 11:12 PM
  4. Least felt recoil in a 9mm hollowpoint?
    By gilfo in forum Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: August 4th, 2009, 02:24 PM
  5. FELT RECOIL - 9mm POLYMER vs STEEL .45
    By TheHun in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: November 9th, 2006, 01:04 PM

Search tags for this page

40 caliber vs 9mm handgun recoil
,
9mm felt recoil
,
9mm recoil
,

does a 9mm have much recoil

,
felt recoil of a 9mm
,
how much kick does a 9mm have
,
how much more recoil does 40 have vs 9mm
,

how much recoil does a 9mm have

,
how much recoil does a 9mm have?
,
how much recoil does a 9mm pistol have
,
least felt recoil 9mm
,
pistol felt recoil
Click on a term to search for related topics.