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Gen 4 G22 recoil

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by thomas.allen12, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. I just bought a Gen 4 G22 .40 S&W and the recoil is crazy. Everything I have read said that was suppose to be a little bit more than the 9mm recoil. Was wondering if I should get new recoil springs. You'd think with the new version of spring that is in a Gen 4 there wouldn't be that much recoil.
  2. TheExplorer


    Apr 16, 2012
    What ammo? And if you think that's bad on a 22, try a 27.

  3. Just standard Federal FMJ...

  4. TheExplorer


    Apr 16, 2012
  5. avenues165


    Jun 15, 2012
    SLC, Utah
    It sucks that you are experiencing something you didn't expect. Recoil is relative. I have found my G23 to be a softer shooter than other .40s I have shot. I would have predicted that a Gen 4 G22 is a softer shooter than a G23.

    I would say either trade it for a G17, or buy a .40-9mm barrel for it. I see no benefit to using a pistol that is unpleasant to shoot.

    If you haven't already, try 180 grain loads. There are also some 135 grain loadings that are labeled low recoil. Federal make one, IIRC. For the range I have used a Fiocchi 165 grain loading at 1,040fps that is pretty mild. I also have found the Federal HST 165 grain loading to shoot fairly mild for a SD load.
  6. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    Glock .40s kick fairly hard compared to others like M&P and HKs. It is what it is. You will get used to it. 180 grainers should kick the least.

    I just ordered some low recoiling Winchester Ranger 135gr just to get an idea of what that's like, though I probably would never use it for a carry round.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2012
  7. I can hardly tell the difference between 9mm +p+ in my g17 or g19 and 180 gr loads in my g23 or my sons g22.

    But I've been shooting .41 mag, .44 mag, and heavy handloads in .45 colt for 30 years.

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  8. Para_bellum17


    Aug 8, 2012
    If the weapon is new then you'll need to take a break-in period into consideration. Before you say that you don't like, it fire a few hundred rounds and see what you think. Used is used, you're not going to recoup all of your money if you get rid of it now. I have a G23 and found that the 180gr have the least felt ercoil/snap.
  9. JW1178


    Jul 17, 2009
    How about a picking up a pair of Man-Up pills? :supergrin:

    No really, couldn't resist. I know it snaps a bit more, but train with it and it won't be much of an issue. Or, take it down two model numbers and get the gun that really has a pair, the G20. It actually flips less, but will put it back more.
  10. 180 gr...My grip strength is good... I'm not new to this. I have been in the Army now long enough to retire. I've shot my fair share and then some. I don't mind the recoil just wondered it is was normal as I haven't shot a .40 S&W before. Mainly 9mm since that is what I carry when deployed. I want to get to where I can double tap and actually hit the target on the second shot like I do with my old Baretta M9. Thanks for all the replys. As far as the "Man up" pills....I prefer "Soldier Up"....LOL~~!!
  11. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    a G17. Far less recoil in a 9x19. :cool:
  12. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Glockoholic

    Going from a heavy, steel 9mm to a lightweight .40 I guess would be somewhat of a change. I do think the Gen4's recoil less than the Gen3's, but recoil is a subjective thing.
  13. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
  14. avenues165


    Jun 15, 2012
    SLC, Utah
    If you find that you just don't care for the .40, you can try 357 sig. I really like to shoot the 357 and it seems to have less perceived recoil for me. The recoil characteristics are also different, it has less muzzle flip and twist. It seems to come straight back at you, allowing for faster follow-ups, in my experience.

    You can convert the G22 to 357 sig with only a barrel change, the .40 mags work fine as is. The G22 and the G31 use the same parts other than the barrel and mag followers.

    Some feel that if they are going to use a 9mm bullet that the 9mm is fine. I get that, but I personally love the 357 sig.
  15. Tiro Fijo

    Tiro Fijo

    May 31, 2011

    So, you're a bachelor?

    :rofl: :tongueout:
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2012
  16. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    Yes, I happen to be a 57-year-old batchelor. :upeyes:
  17. ADK_40GLKr

    ADK_40GLKr Adirondacker with a Glock

    Nov 14, 2010
    RFD NY Adks
    I started on a Gen 2 G22, so didn't know the difference until I got a 9mm conversion barrel. The only time .40 bothers me is when I shoot my G27 right after firing a few magazines of .22LR.

    May I suggest: SHOOT the thing until you get used to it!

    As someone already suggested, It;'s all relative!
  18. He can convert it to 9mm with just a barrel and a magazine.

    Needs to be a conversion barrel.

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  19. packinaglock

    packinaglock John 3:16

    May 1, 2007
    Loxahatchee Fl
    So do I when my wife prescribes me a dose of Noassatall. :supergrin: