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In your experience what is the softest shooting 45 alive. I will like to confine the answers to 4.25 barrel or commander size since I am in that market right now. Thanks
 

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45ACP is generally a soft shooting cartridge. If you want something soft shooting as possible, pick a heavy frame and longer barrel. I doubt you'd notice much difference between X and Y brand pistol with comparable weights and barrel lengths.
This is a good answer ^^^^^. Unless you get into micro size like aluminum Kimber 3" the 4" barrels 1911 all steel, they will all be pretty close. My Glock 30 is soft and so is my Sig P220. Also my Shield 45 and Xd-s isn't so bad. It's really how the 45 cartridge is.
 

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45ACP is generally a soft shooting cartridge. If you want something soft shooting as possible, pick a heavy frame and longer barrel. I doubt you'd notice much difference between X and Y brand pistol with comparable weights and barrel lengths.
Yep. An all stainless 1911 or P220 should do the trick.
 
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Stainless 1911 long slide (6") variant. With the recoil spring tuned to a pet load (...and someone else on the trigger). :biggrin2:
 

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For me the 2 softest shooting .45's were the older Sig P-220 and the Ruger P-90. Just my .02 worth!:smile:
 
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I only have 2 45s, a glock 30sf and a Kimber Ultracarry. The 30sf fits your criteria, the Ultra does not. But to me, neither of them is particularly troublesome as far as recoil is concerned.

Another data point: My 120 pound daughter prefers the Kimber over the glock, but then again she prefers the Sig P938 over the Glock 19, both 9mm but the 19 being a much bigger and heavier pistol. In both cases, she feels like the Kimber and the p938 "kick less". What this tells me is that physiology, training, strength, and personal preference may very well affect "perceived" recoil. YMMV
 

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Gun tests Magazine did a test in the May 16 issue of 10mm pistols: Glock 20, Sig 220, RIA Tac.
The 20 was "the softest shooter"

I'm gonna say this applies to the 21 as compared to a Sig 220 or full size 1911 using the same ammo.
If you want smaller then 30SF.

Edit: it (software) inexplicably will not allow the T in Gun tests to remain a capital.
 

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My FNX45 Tactical is amazingly soft shooting...
 

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Out of all the .45's I have tried (and that is a LOT), the softest shooting is the H&K Mark 23.

Then again, you're probably not looking for a crew served pistol....so my suggestion would be the H&K 45 (full sized version). It is lighter than a steel framed 1911, but the excellent ergonomics make it seem (at least to me) that there is less felt recoil than a 1911.
 
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