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Reducing 1911 recoil
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I'm about to buy a 1911 assuming I can get all of the money together before they go out of stock at the place I'm getting it. Then of course I have to call my FFL and find out if their transfer fees are still 75 bucks. Yes, 75 bucks.

Anyway, I really want a 1911, and since I can't find any in 9mm in stock with the particular features I want at the price I found this one at, I'm going to get it in .45acp. I'm a little concerned about the recoil. I've only shot a 9mm, a 9mm makarov and a .22lr pistol, and none of them were very hard to shoot. Watching people shoot 1911s on youtube it seems like they jump a hell of a lot and that is a concern for me. I don't wanna buy this thing and not be able to accurately use it to defend my life or someone else's if the need arises.

So, my question is, has anyone done any sort of modifications to theirs to reduce the recoil? What were they and how effective is it? One I'm interested in is made by a company called DPM and its called the dpm recoil reduction system. Anyone familar with that?
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#2
If you have a range near you that rents pistols, go give a 45 a try out before you buy. Might just save a lot of grief.
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topsykretts;88233 Wrote:I'm about to buy a 1911 assuming I can get all of the money together before they go out of stock at the place I'm getting it. Then of course I have to call my FFL and find out if their transfer fees are still 75 bucks. Yes, 75 bucks.

Anyway, I really want a 1911, and since I can't find any in 9mm in stock with the particular features I want at the price I found this one at, I'm going to get it in .45acp. I'm a little concerned about the recoil. I've only shot a 9mm, a 9mm makarov and a .22lr pistol, and none of them were very hard to shoot. Watching people shoot 1911s on youtube it seems like they jump a hell of a lot and that is a concern for me. I don't wanna buy this thing and not be able to accurately use it to defend my life or someone else's if the need arises.

So, my question is, has anyone done any sort of modifications to theirs to reduce the recoil? What were they and how effective is it? One I'm interested in is made by a company called DPM and its called the dpm recoil reduction system. Anyone familar with that?

Topsy:
Its not really that bad. I have a full sized 1911 and the recoil is very manageable. The 9MM is snappier in comparison. The key I think, is the length of the barrel. A commander size would present more recoil than a full sized 1911. Which 1911 are you looking at?
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I don't have a problem on any of my .45's... I have a 5.25 barrel, 5" and a 3.3"

You could always add a compensator to the 1911... I don't know if it does much, but it could help. I have one on order and will report when I get it in
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Spacemanvic;88371 Wrote:
topsykretts;88233 Wrote:I'm about to buy a 1911 assuming I can get all of the money together before they go out of stock at the place I'm getting it. Then of course I have to call my FFL and find out if their transfer fees are still 75 bucks. Yes, 75 bucks.

Anyway, I really want a 1911, and since I can't find any in 9mm in stock with the particular features I want at the price I found this one at, I'm going to get it in .45acp. I'm a little concerned about the recoil. I've only shot a 9mm, a 9mm makarov and a .22lr pistol, and none of them were very hard to shoot. Watching people shoot 1911s on youtube it seems like they jump a hell of a lot and that is a concern for me. I don't wanna buy this thing and not be able to accurately use it to defend my life or someone else's if the need arises.

So, my question is, has anyone done any sort of modifications to theirs to reduce the recoil? What were they and how effective is it? One I'm interested in is made by a company called DPM and its called the dpm recoil reduction system. Anyone familar with that?

Topsy:
Its not really that bad. I have a full sized 1911 and the recoil is very manageable. The 9MM is snappier in comparison. The key I think, is the length of the barrel. A commander size would present more recoil than a full sized 1911. Which 1911 are you looking at?

I don't want to name it in public because afaik only one place has 'em in stock and I don't want anyone to buy any of them until I get mine.. but its a full size 5" slide w/ rail, skeletonized trigger and hammer, beavertail grip safety and turkish walnut grips all for under 500 bucks.

I really hope someone on this forum does have one of these recoil reduction spring setups because I'm really interested now. Watching a few youtube videos it looks like they really do make it much more controllable.
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#6
If it was meant to have a recoil reducing whatever, it would have come from the factory that way. I wouldn't trust your life with modifications that may not be proven reliable.

With that said, recoil in a 1911? Maybe a little. Does it hurt accuracy? Not one bit. A 1911 is about one of the most accurate platforms PERIOD. The only drawback with recoil is follow up shots. With practice, its easy trust me. Buy the 1911, shoot your .45 with pride and feel like a man!Wink
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Mr_Gixxer;88440 Wrote:If it was meant to have a recoil reducing whatever, it would have come from the factory that way. I wouldn't trust your life with modifications that may not be proven reliable.

With that said, recoil in a 1911? Maybe a little. Does it hurt accuracy? Not one bit. A 1911 is about one of the most accurate platforms PERIOD. The only drawback with recoil is follow up shots. With practice, its easy trust me. Buy the 1911, shoot your .45 with pride and feel like a man!Wink

I agree, but I recommend you try a rental also just to put your mind at ease.
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#8
Have we been trolled?
reducing 1911 recoil? try a .22lr kit? Shrug
They're all steel, plus the rail hanging under the front of yours can't hurt.
I've never really considered the recoil to be a problem for any mature shooter. I had a Glock 21c that had more muzzle flip even with the smokestacks than any 1911.


I think they make a few .22's with pink grips too.
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#9
There are dozens of ways to reduce recoil.

Add a compensator.

Change the springs.

Lower velocity loads.

Etc, etc, and so forth.

Honestly the recoil from a full size 1911 is not bad at all. I compare it to a push, where the .40 is more like a snap.

The weight, and length of the barrel make it a very stable platform for shooting. I have even put "hot" loads through mine, when working on defense loads. I prefer the recoil of the .45 to my .40 that I CC in all honesty.

If you were closer, I would have you come over and we would put a few rounds down mine. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
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Connal is pretty much correct in his description of a "push".

.45 ACP recoil is not bad. An all steel gun will help dampen felt recoil. Consider using lighter bullet also, 185 or 200 grain bullets work very well. Get your hand as high on the grip as possible and reduce the length of the torque arm also. Just make sure you don't rub the slide in recoil or hit any of the control levers.

But, the best way is shoot the durn thing and get plenty of practice! It's also the most fun too!
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