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    I am thinking about purchasing a .45 or a .40 pistol down the road but don't know how the kick is to them. I currently own a springfield XD 9mm and have shot only 9mm's and a .38 and am wondering if a 40 or 45 have alot more kick to them-rather something I should be able to handle or not?

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    I have a Glock 23 which is a .40. Since it has a polymer grip, it as more kick than the 9mm. However, my .45 1911, while technically a bigger kick, since it is all metal, it really handles quite nice.

    I really didn't notice that much of a difference between my friends 9mm lugar, and my G23, but then again, I'm pretty used to my weapon.
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    A whole lot of variables go into such a thing, such as gun weight, grip angle, bullet weight, personal sensitivity to recoil, ect...

    Your best bet is to find someone who will let your shoot their pistols and decide for yourself.
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    Some pretty hot .38 rounds could equate to my .45, but like already mentioned...lots of variables.
    It is impossible to tell say if you could easily handle a .45...my guess is...easily.
    Get to a gun range and rent one, find a friend/associate with a .45 and ask to shoot it.
    My Kimbers and my Glocks (.45's) are a breeze to shoot...

    I used to live in AK for seven years...everybody has guns!
    Perhaps 'Sarah' could break you in to .45's?

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    We have a XD40 sub compact. My wife rented a XD compact (4 inch) in 9mm.
    she could not tell any differance in the kick.
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    The real variables here are the loads and barrel length. The hotter the load and the shorter the barrel usually equates to more muzzle flip. I suggest you go to a indoor range (if available in AK) and shoot different models if you can.

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    As Retsupt99 says, "Some pretty hot .38 rounds could equate to my .45, but like already mentioned...lots of variables."

    I had a .44 magnum that had about the same FELT recoil as my 1911. It was ported and had an 8 inch barrel. I don't find my 2 inch Ruger SP101 .357 to be that harsh yet I hated the recoil from my Walther PPK.

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    Can't add much to what others have already said. Just a general observation, that the weight of the gun will usually help to tame the recoil. Lighter guns tend to have more felt recoil.
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    Given two guns of equal weight a .45 will have more of a push (recoil impulse is spread out over a longer time) than a .40. The .40 is considerably snappier than a .45 with standard loads for each. Both of these calibers are not bad enough for most people to worry about unless you're talking an extremely lightweight gun.

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    To me, .45ACP is more of a push-type recoil than "flippy". .40S&W is quite flippy, and I don't care for it much.

    This is .45ACP through a 1911-type pistol with 5" barrel and the .40S&W through a Beretta PX4 Storm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MuddyAlaskanZJ View Post
    I am thinking about purchasing a .45 or a .40 pistol down the road but don't know how the kick is to them. I currently own a springfield XD 9mm and have shot only 9mm's and a .38 and am wondering if a 40 or 45 have alot more kick to them-rather something I should be able to handle or not?
    I have both XD 40 SC and XD .45. In all truthfulness, I don't notice any difference in the kick. As far as that goes. Their kick is not all that much more than my Ruger 9mm.

    This brings up another point. I bought a .380 for my wife. I regret that I did not get her a 9mm because of the higher price for .380 ammo.

    One's perception of the kick in a 9mm, 40 or 45 may be related to size and gender. My 10 and 12 year old granddaughters have fired them all. They like the 9mm best, but are not intimidated by the larger rounds.

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    Here's my attempt at oversimplifying a question that has a lot of variables:

    Since you have a .38, you probably know the difference in recoil between a standard WWB load and a +P load. Now just imagine that the 9mm as a +P being the standard .40 cal. Or shooting your 9mm with +P ammo all the time.

    I don't know of any +P need in .40 cal although some loads/ammo are hotter than others. The .40 is basically a 10mm Short.

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