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    Softest shooting .40 Pistol

    Which will have the least amount of felt recoil:

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    Beretta PX4
    Beretta 96
    Steyr M40
    CZ 75B
    HK p2000
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    M&P 40
    Glock G22
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    The one that is heaviest and generates the least amount of energy at the muzzle. The problem with that is shorter barrels (lighter guns) generate less energy. 1911s and Glocks are notorious for having a low bore axis, which causes recoil to be more of a rearward push than forcing the muzzle to climb. The .40S&W is a pretty snappy cartridge.

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    I haven't shot the .40 S&W in any of thoes guns but a lot of police outfits have the Glock 22 so it must be a good duty pistol. I have shot it in the Sigma .40VE and it shoots good. No problems.

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    I'm gonna say the Beretta 96 has got to be one of the softest shooters on the list because it is in the 9mm version. It's a big, heavy gun and absorbs much of the throwback.

    There's probably a few guys around here that have every single gun on your list and can give you the definitive answer.
    Last edited by Wyatt; 05-27-2008 at 08:47 PM.

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    I've shot a few of those guns and the Beretta 96 was the easiest on recoil. As I found out from this forum, you can make additional modifications to help reduce felt recoil as well, such as installing a heavier slide spring/guide rod assembly. You can also add a heavy front rail attachment to reduce muzzle flip. These mods will contribute to reduced felt recoil of any of these choices. The real question is, "Why not go to a 9mm or 1911 .45 in the gun you like best instead of choosing the most controllable .40"?

    A Beretta 96 was my first gun and I wanted it in .40 because I had shot a Sig 226 in .40 in the past and loved it. I now think that the .40 caliber doesn't really meet my needs in the areas of accuracy, economy or defense. I'm not saying it's a bad choice for everyone but I've turned to a 9mm for CC, a 1911 .45 and a .22 for target and a .380 for pocket. My advice would be to look around and shoot some more before deciding on a .40 with low recoil. If you do maintain your current mindset though, add the Sig 226 to your list.

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    I agree with the other fellows: the Beretta 96 is the softest-shooting gun on that list, and I think I have shot them all except the PX4 in .40.
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    Beretta 96, 90-two (.40), PX4 are all pretty close. The trigger on the PX4 is nice in SA and beats the other berettas in DA mode. In DA it's lighter and smoother. Also the PX4 controls are easily reachable where as the other two I have to shift my grip to reach them.

    The Glock 22 has the most recoil on the list. However I can shoot the Glock quicker and with better consistency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xenogy View Post
    The Glock 22 has the most recoil on the list.
    I have the G23 and I have to agree. Polymer frame probably has a lot to do with it.
    Man's got to know his limitations.

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    Just came back from the range testing a Beretta 96. It was snappier than the M&P and had more muzzle rise.

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    I havnt shot them all, but I havnt shot anything nicer than my Sig p226 stainless in .40

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    I agree that the 96 has more muzzle flip than the M&P - which is entirely predictable due to the 96's higher bore axis - but I think the thump in the hand is less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    I agree with the other fellows: the Beretta 96 is the softest-shooting gun on that list, and I think I have shot them all except the PX4 in .40.
    I have a PX4 40 cal. It is the softest shooting 40 cal I have ever shot. A few months ago, I ran into someone with a stainless Beretta 96 with a brigadier slide. He let me shoot it.

    I then went back to shooting my 40 cal PX4. The PX4 is a softer shooter than the 96!

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    I will defer to Shipwreck, since I haven't shot the PX4 .40.
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    you might try the new XDM .40

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    What, no Smith and Wessons?

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    Softest Recoil in .40 S&W

    My H&H USP40 wins here hands down with the Sig 2340 a close second. With that said I carry a Beretta 96. I haven't shot a .40 that was too "snappy". The most agressive ammo has been from CorBon and PMC so far with the PMC Starfire chrono'd at 1193fps and the Corbon at 1203fps. Gotta qualify the round for IDPA use. I like the weight on the 96 and the grip just plain fits my hand. My 96 INOX has a sprinco recoil reducer in it and it make a difference. The CCW black 96 has an LMS-1441 guide rod laser sight in it, hence no recoil reducer.

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    I got as friend with a Kimber that is chambered in 40..has almost no muzzle flip. If you didn't know better one would think it was a 9mm. I think it's a weight issue mostly. Now I'm not a big Kimber fan and wont say run out and get one but maybe that type of frame will provide the lower recoil being searched for

    I have a Para P 16 that is one of the best shooting 40's I've ever fired. The same type frame with the same results. I will admit that the Kimber seemed to be a little less recoil than mine but the Para's is a non issue with me.
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    There is no doubt in my mind that the Browning High-Power is the softest shooting 40 S&W out there. Regards, Richard

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    Cool

    I have not shot any 40's yet but I just traded for a Sigma VE40. I shoot 357 and 45 mostly so the 40 should be nice.

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