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    recoil of polymer frame 45 acp

    have been thinking about buying a pistol chambered in 45 acp with a polymer frame. would like to know what to expect in recoil. used to 1911 style 45 acp models. no trouble with decect groups. those have steel frames though. will polymer frame be much different?

    have often found that 40 s&w cal pistols have much recoil as 45 acp pistols. maybe thats just my take. anybody else feel the same way?

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    I think the best way to answer this would be to call a local range and ask what polymer-framed .45s they have, so you can judge for yourself. As far as options go, I've heard nothing but good things about the SA-XD in .45 ACP, and S&W just recently introduced a .45 ACP version of their semi-automatic M&P this year. They might be worth looking into.

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    the closest local ranges i know of that rent guns are in ohio or tennessee. own a spingfield xd in 9mm and s&w mp in 40 S&w. both are good designs. had the chance to shoot a springfield xd in 40 s&w and thought there was big difference in felt recoil compared to either of the pistols mentioned above. ran into same thing with an hk that a cousin owns in 40 s&w. thats why im hesitating on buying a 45 acp with polymer frame.

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    .40 SW by default has higher felt recoil than either the 9mm or the .45ACP
    Thats the rounds primary failing in life.

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    most people that i talk with think a 40 s&w is all that. unless they are carry revolvers or like the 45 acp most even own 40 cal pistols. think a 40 s&w is popular because some bashed the 9mm enough to convince people they are worthless and the 45 acp is supposed to have terrible recoil. read the latest stopping power book by marshall & sanow. did not see anything about 40 cal preformance that impressed me.

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    I shot a ruger p90 (i think?) and liked it better than the 1911 I fired the same day. Grouped well, was comfortable to shoot for extended periods, and felt good to hold.
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    The recoil of a polymer framed 45 apc is not that intense.

    If you are worried about it, go the range and shoot a few.

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    thanks for all the advice. recently tried a hk usp and springfield xd both with polymer frames and in .45 acp. while the felt recoil seemed not much worse than .40 cal versions of same models recovery time was a bit much. own a beretta storm in that has light recoil for a .40 cal. when the .45 acp versions of the beretta storm and s&w m&p come out may give those a try.

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    We were at the range TODAY and I shot the XD .45 the recoil was about like a .40 in my opinion. The 1911 has more kick than the XD, but I think that is from the design of the spring/gun.

    Personally I think the XD .45 is superior in every way to the 1911 my friend was shooting.

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    I've shot a glock in 45 and found it quite nice and smooth while very accurate. It was with fairly light loads though. Probably my favourite calibre as far as glocks go.
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