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Does .40 cause flinching more than other calibers?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by cfr, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. cfr


    Feb 24, 2010
    My Glock 22 was my first semi auto. I couldnt shoot it well for a long time, until I did the Snap Cap drill and realized I was flinching. Was able to overcome it with time.

    Then I got more into shooting my PPQ 9MM and a Glock 26. I've always been able to shoot them pretty decent, life was good for about a year.

    Then came the current ammo shortage. I found some .40, and naturally gravitated back to my 22. I went out both a few weeks ago and yesterday, and couldnt hit anything. I realized my flinch was now back with a vengance.

    I dry fire, shoot a .22 caliber, and use Snaps Caps when needed. So I understand how to move past this issue. My problem here is I've already worked through this issue, then it came back.

    So I need to ask: Does the .40 cause more flinching than other calibers? I'm looking to "blame" the caliber simply because I dont see anything else that would have changed. To be clear though, I know that I'm the problem, NOT the caliber.

    It should be noted that due to finances and my life style, I can really only go shooting about once every three weeks, and shoot approximately 200 rounds. This isn't about to change anytime soon.

    It should also be noted that Ive never conciously minded the "snappiness" of the .40, and have never considered myself a recoil sensistive person. However, if I need to go back up this learning curve every time I go back to the .40, thats a problem.

  2. GlockinNJ


    Apr 24, 2011
    I bring a G22 and my 9mm CZ to the range with me about once a week. I know exactly what you are talking about.

    I think the snapiness of the .40 may cause more flinching than other calibers and requires a bit more discipline to overcome and shoot well. As you mention, snap caps at the range are great for that. But, if you don't fire the .40 frequently enough, I think you can lose that level of focus required to shoot it well.

  3. Bill Keith

    Bill Keith

    Jan 3, 2006
    Humble, TX
    I don't like the 40 S&W round because of the 'snappy' recoil. I learned shooting on 22's, will always shoot 22's and then next shot shotguns. 12,16, and 20 gauge. My favorite is the 20gauge. First centerfire handgun was 357:wow: then 45ACP. Got used to both, don't mind the 45ACP in a Colt Commander as well as my G36. Shoot way more 38 special than 357, as my favorite revolver is the S&W model 10:cool:
    I did have a 40 S&W Sigma. Got rid of it. Didn't like the gun or the 'snappy' recoil. To each his own.
  4. Travclem

    Travclem Badass Member Lifetime Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Lubbock, TX
    IMO the caliber doesn't cause the flinch.
  5. WayneJessie


    Jan 12, 2013
    Shoot what you shoot the best. Everyone is different. If I were you, after the current "crisis"; I would swap the .40 for another 9MM of your choice and stock up on ammo once the craze is over.It sounds like time constraints and other things limit you to the time you can put into practice so I would use that time to develop your skills as best you can and it sounds like that would be pulling the trigger on a 9MM.
  6. greater torque ina 40
    try lighter bulletts
    fav is 165
    look for fed border patrol 135s
  7. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I guess it depends on what you're used to.
  8. jakebrake

    jakebrake cracker

    Jan 11, 2011
    too close to philly
    compared to a 22, yes.

    compared to a 44, no.

    all in context. being on the back end of the gun won't hurt you. rememeber that, and the flinching seems to get much less noticable. (no...that's not an insult. it's kind of a psychological thing)
  9. Greater recoil in a gun, greater chance of inducing a flinch.

    .40 has more recoil than 9mm, so yes it does have a greater ability to induce flinching. It varies greatly with the shooter and their experience. A lot of inexperienced shooters will develop a flinch from the 9mm.

    posted from my stupid smart phone, please excuse any spelling mistakes.
  10. Bill Lumberg

    Bill Lumberg BTF Inventor

    Jun 14, 2002
    No. .
  11. ipscshooter

    ipscshooter Mostly IDPA now

    Jan 22, 2002
    Near Phoenix, Arizona
    This is good analysis.

    I have both a Glock 22 and an STI 2011 with full length slide and frame. The Glock weighs 24 oz. empty, the STI 42 oz. Big difference in felt recoil with 180+PF loads.

    Having said that you are right that shooting the G22 more would help you get over flinch. Alternatively, you have to somehow convince yourself the recoil in the G22 is no big deal.
  12. K.Kiser


    Jan 23, 2010
    Shreveport, La.
    This... Growing up I was taught to shoot what we were gonna be using, unless we were just killing cans and cardboard boxes... Snap caps and very small calibers help you get familiar with trigger pull, but not so much familiar with what a service size firearm is...

    My father bought me a 1911 .45 when I was in the 10th grade and I felt a little down about my new low-power pistol in regard to what we were raised on and used to...

    My dad used to load a weapon for us with his back turned(or not load it), then get use to do a slow controlled fire for accuracy on a distant target... Sometimes he'd load it live 5 times in a row, then not actually load a round to see our reaction when the trigger pulled... Sometimed 5 empty rounds in a row, then a live one and everything in between... This would be done with everything from a .38 special, .44 mag, 416 rem magnum, etc... This will immune your senses...

    Moral to my opinion is that it's what bac1023 stated, condition is everything... Condition a shooter to something very small or something that doesn't go bang at all, and most anything will surprise your senses after that... Nothing to do with any sort of physicallity or muscle man toughness, just what your senses are ready for and accustomed to...

    Disclaimer to this is when I was growing up it was incomparably cheaper to shoot full power ammo than it is today, and I completely understand not being able to blast bombs from your gun with any sort of affordability in these times...
  13. I agree tried the 40 but I would rather shoot the 9mm or go to a 45. The 20 guage is my favorite shotgun. My son laughs at me because I would rather shoot a model 10 than any other pistol.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2013
  14. I think on lightweight pistols it's definitely more flinch-enducing than heavier ones. My P226 all-stainess pistol in .40 S&W actually recoils considerably less shooting 180 GR Lawmen than my old Sig folded-slide 9 millimeter did.
  15. RJ's Guns

    RJ's Guns

    Dec 25, 2010
    What a bunch of wimps. Get real. Some of you are acting like the 40 S&W is going to rip your hand and arm off each time you shoot it.

    In a Glock 22 frame, using the empty weight of 1.43 lb (0.65kg), the following was obtained:

    9 mm Luger: Recoil Impulse of 0.78 ms; Recoil Velocity of 17.55 ft/s (5.3 m/s); Recoil Energy of 6.84 ft·lbf (9.3 J)

    .357 SIG: Recoil Impulse of 1.06 ms; Recoil velocity of 23.78 ft/s (7.2 m/s); Recoil Energy of 12.56 ft·lbf (17.0 J)

    .40 S&W: Recoil impulse of 0.88 ms; Recoil velocity of 19.73 ft/s (6.0 m/s); Recoil Energy of 8.64 ft·lbf (11.7 J)

    In a Smith and Wesson .44 Magnum with 7.5-inch barrel, with an empty weight of 3.125 lb (1.417 kg), the following was obtained: .

    44 Remington Magnum: Recoil impulse of 1.91 ms; Recoil velocity of 19.69 ft/s (6.0 m/s); Recoil Energy of 18.81 ft·lbf (25.5 J)

    In a Smith and Wesson 460 7.5-inch barrel, with an empty weight of 3.5 lb (1.6 kg), the following was obtained:

    .460 S&W Magnum: Recoil Impulse of 3.14 ms; Recoil Velocity of 28.91 ft/s (8.8 m/s); Recoil Energy of 45.43 ft·lbf (61.6 J)

    In a Smith and Wesson 500 4.5-inch barrel, with an empty weight of 3.5 lb (1.6 kg), the following was obtained:

    .500 S&W Magnum: Recoil Impulse of 3.76 ms; Recoil Velocity of 34.63 ft/s (10.6 m/s); Recoil Energy of 65.17 ft·lbf (88.4 J)

    Learn proper technique and quit letting yourselves be influenced by internet forum BS and spin, generated by people, on the most part, that do not know their anus from a hole in the ground and man up.

    I prefer 40 S&W in small carry guns, and I shoot them and survive to tell the tale.

    Last edited: Feb 10, 2013
  16. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    You are generally running a 160-180 gn bullet with 35,000 psi of pressure behind it out of gun with a frame and weight designed around a 115-124 gn bullet with 35,000 psi behind it. It will be different.

    Now, even though it is based on a 9mm frame my XD tactical 5" makes the .40 a *****cat. It is easier to shoot than my G-22C .

    I can't wait to hear the cries of disappointment from those so eagerly awaiting the XDS in .40. Their is going to be a lot of headshaking as they try to figure out why a 180 gn bullet is so uncomfortable to shoot (at 35,000 psi) verses the ease of shooting the .45 230 (at 24,000 psi).
  17. What are you saying about the G36?

    I joined the NRA, have you yet?
  18. joecoastie


    Feb 4, 2009
  19. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    My very first handgun was a 7.5" stainless Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum. I guess I got over recoil fairly quickly. :cool: My next handgun was a Star Starfire M40 in .40, which is small, but all steel. It didn't feel too snappy after a wooden handled .44 Magnum. I will admit that the lightweight G23 and G27 have more snap than the Glock 9's or 45's but it's not enough to not be able to be easily worked through.