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Old 06-05-2009, 12:26 AM
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Question The most efficient low recoil handgun?

By efficiency I mean stopping power, armor/ barrier penetration, long range. FN Five Seven comes to mind or are 9mm handguns a better choice? Any other opinions?
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The FN is cool but could be tough to find ammo for if things went sour. 9mm is great and easy to find but dont forget the good old 38 Spcl. Everybody goes with the newest tacticool auto but there's nothing wrong with a revolver. Easy on the hand, econimical and reliable. Probably the softest shooting of any major caliber handgun I can think of actually.
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glock 19c. almost zero muzzle flip
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Old 06-05-2009, 1:35 AM
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If the question is most power possible for next to zero recoil in a realistic handgun - then my answer will be a 4" steel .357 revolver shooting good .38JHP or wadcutters.

If the question is recoil is ok, so long as it is easily controlled by the average person, but you want unadulterated raw car door piercing power - then I am going to say the same gun, but shooting super hot/heavy .357 magnum loads.
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The 19c is a great option for a highly effective handgun with minimal recoil
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By efficiency I mean stopping power, armor/ barrier penetration, long range.
Stopping power: Excellent
Effective range: 100 yards
Barrier Penetration: Fair to good
Armor Penetration: Low

If you want a low-recoil firearm that has excellent stopping capability and isn't some exotic caliber or design type I suggest the .45 ACP Revolver. The 625, the older Model 25 (shown below) or even the retro-M1917 warhorse.


When loaded with 255 grain LSWC at 900 fps the recoil is still mild with the 6.5" gun and easily controlled with the 3" barrel. Use .45 ACP on moon clips or .45 Auto Rim ammo to load like a revolver. With standard .45ACP JHP ammo, the 6" recoils more like a .38 wadcutter.

For opening doors, the big .45 ACP will carve up a lot of wood. If you're worried about body armor or heavily constructed vehicles I'd suggest a 12ga with slugs.
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I'd choose the 9MM over the 5.7 if those were the only choices available, but would choose a .45 ACP revolver as the best compromise of all three of the OP's requirements.

My wife really liked my S&W Model 25; she said it felt like firing a .38 Special.
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Go for the longslide Glock 35.
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low recoil depends on the user
I feel 45 acp in a 1911 has as light recoil

I suggest going to a range that has rentals and trying out a number of them to see what you like
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I wanted to say the 38 Super, but the 357 beats it hands down.
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Something tells me that if things went sour, you won't find ammo for any gun. Ever.

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The FN is cool but could be tough to find ammo for if things went sour. 9mm is great and easy to find but dont forget the good old 38 Spcl. Everybody goes with the newest tacticool auto but there's nothing wrong with a revolver. Easy on the hand, econimical and reliable. Probably the softest shooting of any major caliber handgun I can think of actually.
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Yes, go to the range and rent. Recoil can have elements that are perceived to the user and can be different amongst us all.

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low recoil depends on the user
I feel 45 acp in a 1911 has as light recoil

I suggest going to a range that has rentals and trying out a number of them to see what you like
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Default Lower recoil = heavier gun

I've always found that for a given type of ammo, a heavier gun will seem to recoil less than a lighter weight gun. For example, I've shot the same .38 ammo in a 15 ounce S&W 642 airweight and in a 44 ounce S&W 27. The recoil seems harsh in the small gun and almost non existent in the heavier gun. So I'd recommend picking your caliber and ammo to get the effect you want, and then going with the heaviest gun in that caliber to minimize recoil.
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buddy has a 19c, it has about as much kick as Nerf guns.
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With practice just about any recoil can be overcome. A good parallel is a dirt bike. you might be temped to buy a 125CC to learn on because the 250s are a lot faster and heavier. But, a few months later you find the acceleration to weak and now you have to upgrade. I personally wouldn't pick a "Stopping power" hand gun based on recoil, with practice even a .454 casull or a .460 S&W can be fired rapidly and accurately under stress. I would first pick a caliber and then pick the best performing gun for you in that caliber.
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.44 spl in a .44 Magnum was one of the gentlest recoiling guns I've ever handled (not having handled that many but this includes a magnum airgun.) The .38 spl in a .357 might be even gentler but I don't know.
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.44spl in a Ruger .44mag!!!!!!!! Or any ported glock if the .44 is scary to ya!!

Its all personal...go to a range that rents and do your homework! To me a modern 1911 is the answer, but thats just me!
good luck!
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.45 is a heavy gun, when loaded, even in Glocks. Recoil is not what scares me. I shoot .40, .45 no problem and own handguns in these calibers already. What I am looking for is something light, long range, small caliber to carry lots of rounds, but effective on the other hand (stopping power and penetration). Seems like three calibers are candidates for me: .357SIG, 5.7x28, and 9mm (Glock 32, FN Five Seven, Glock 19). Five Seven seems the most suitable to me.
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Something tells me that if things went sour, you won't find ammo for any gun. Ever.
Couldn't agree with you more.
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Although I like 5.7x28 and .357SIG, but being niche calibers this makes me partial towards them.
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My vote goes to the Beretta 92fs chamberd in 9mm.
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Hk USP45= Very little recoil even with +p ammo.
Glock33= Yikes
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.45 is a heavy gun, when loaded, even in Glocks. Recoil is not what scares me. I shoot .40, .45 no problem and own handguns in these calibers already. What I am looking for is something light, long range, small caliber to carry lots of rounds, but effective on the other hand (stopping power and penetration). Seems like three calibers are candidates for me: .357SIG, 5.7x28, and 9mm (Glock 32, FN Five Seven, Glock 19). Five Seven seems the most suitable to me.
Would have got a lot more useful answers if this info was in your OP
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The magazine capacity thing is kind of worthless to us here in sunny "10-round for civilians" California. This is usually why I choose to go with a larger caliber, round for round. Like others have said, a full size 1911 .45ACP doesn't have a lot of recoil at all. My XD-40 4" Service has more recoil.
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desert eagle in .357 low recoil plenty of power
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Glock 22RTF with Glock 35 barrel by wolf and it makes you G22RTF a 357 sig It is in my opinion the best......
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Are you one of those .45 elitists?
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I gotta be honest. The glock 30 is an amazingly soft shooter for a compact 45ACP. 10 rounds of 45ACP and a very compact pistol for its caliber/capacity not to mention Glocks reputation for reliability.
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If you want a real stopper that's easy to shoot use the 45 colt.My Ruger Black Hawk with a 4 5/8" barrel & Hogue Rubber Grips plus some cowboy ammo has comfortable recoil or use some Heavy 45 Colt +P ammo from www.buffalobore.com .This handgun cartridge removed lots of wannabe bad guys from the gene pool .
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Couldn't agree with you more.
That depends on how much you've loaded & keep on hand.
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.45 is cool but it lacks range
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What kind of range are you talking about? And what kind of power do you want when you get there?

Someone raised a good point about the 10-round mag limit here in California. Supposing you settled on a 9mm Glock or Beretta pistol, you're not getting that much more than a traditional single-stack pistol. E.g. My 35 year old S&W Model 39's hold 8+1 ... one round shy of any "modern" California legal handgun. But I get a slimmer, lighter package that's comfy to carry, fast, reliable and accurate.

As to the 5.7x28 and .357 Sig... It's fine if you would also carry a .22 magnum wheelgun as a primary gun. You may... I wouldn't. The .357 Sig doesn't have much choice in bullet weights or different power levels of ammo. It's a one-act show -- to emulate the 125gr .357 Magnum wheelgun round that delivers over 500 ft-lbs.

If you want "light" weight, low recoil (for energy delivered), with "full capacity" then you might also consider the new .327 Federal Magnum revolver round. S&W, Ruger and Charter Arms all make six-shot wheelguns for it (632cc, SP-101 and Charter's .327). This .32 sends a 100gr pill downrange at 1440 fps and delivers .40 S&W energy. Recoil is about similar to a .38 Special. Conversions of longer barreled SA revolvers have shown >1600 fps with excellent accuracy to 50 yards.
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.45 is cool but it lacks range
What kind of range are you talking about? I can ring reduced size poppers all day long with my 45's at 100 yards.

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