Recoil: A different way to think about it
what do you think about this?
This is basically for some of the people that are new to guns.
I was thinnking about recoil, due to some recent threads, and was wondering about the weight of the gun vs the muzzle energy (ftlbs/oz), lets just call it FPPO, foot pounds per ounce. The FPPO can give and insight to how much recoil will be felt - lower FPPO the lower the recoil
I had an LCP and sold it due to hurting the hand - not a gun to shoot or an hour!
so for the cartridges I used:
200 ftlbs for 380 - about the max for 380s
320 or 9mm - about mid range for 9mm
352 for 45ACP - about mid range for 45acp
what i found was
ruger LCP gave 21.3 FPPO
kahr CM9 gave 20.1 FPPO
sig 938 gave 20 FPPO
S&W Shield gave 16.8 FPPO
S&W 380 bodyguard gave 16.3 FPPO
Glock 19 gave 15.2 FPPO
Glock 17 gave 14.5 FPPO
sig 238 gave 12.8 FPPO
sig 238 HD gave 10 FPPO
kimber 45acp SSII gave 9 FPPO
so the sig 238 HD gives 53% less recoil, and the std 45acp govt model gives 58% less recoil, than the LCP
the std 1911 45acp govt model is less recoil than the glock 17 - guess that's why we often call the 1911 recoil as a PUSH
hotter ammo obviously gives higher FPPO values -