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Low recoil 9mm

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Upstate Glocker, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. Upstate Glocker

    Upstate Glocker

    Mar 16, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Looking for recommendations on low recoiling SD ammo in 9mm. I have resisted a move to .380 however carry lightweight 9mm guns (rotate between Kahr PM9 and Ruger LC9). I have not kept up with the brand changes of late (like, the last 10 years). If anyone has current info on lower power 9mm commercial brands/lines out there please weigh in. Thank you.
  2. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    Pretty much all 9mm ammo is low recoil. If they lightened it up any more, it wouldn't run half the guns out there. In fact, some of the cheapo ball is so light now it WON'T run half the guns out there.

  3. Providence


    Feb 5, 2011
    Woodstock, GA
    I think you'll find that even small .380 pistols will have a pretty good "snap." It's the result of the light weight and small frame. It hurts to practice, but if you ever need to use it in an emergency, you probably won't even feel it.
  4. Kentguy


    Nov 22, 2010
    Kent, OH
    Upstate Glocker,

    "Looking for recommendations on low recoiling SD ammo in 9mm."

    I'm not sure the two go hand in hand out of a small CCW type pistol but I'll give you my recommendation.

    As my EDC I use a G26 with Hornady 124g XTP HP ammunition. The Box lists the velocity at 1,110 fps but in my tests out of my G26 I came up with 1,058.2 fps as my average. This is still scooting along pretty good - However, in a "self defense" round you kinda want your ammo to get there and get the job done.

    I do practice with this load and I don't find that it numbs my wrist or anything. My reacquisition of target is fairly fast and out to 15-20 yards I can keep a nice tight group from a standing free hand position.

    I can't ask much more out of a round than that... I hope this helps you in your search.
  5. unit1069


    Oct 10, 2007
    So. Central US
    The standard pressure Speer 115-grain Gold Dot is pretty managable. Even through a 3" barrel I think you'd get a minimum of 1150 fps, enough for expansion of the bullet. Fiocchi has a standard pressure 115-grain Extrema XTP that I carry in my 9mm with the 3" barrel but it has more recoil than the Gold Dot.

    The important thing, like Kentguy stated, is for the ammo to get the job done. A wimpy round might help save pain for your wrist and hands but is worthless if I fails to stop an attacker before that attacker inflicts injury or death on you and/or loved ones.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2012
  6. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

    Sep 20, 2003
    Penn's Woods
    Personally, I find the blowback recoil of my German-made Walther PPK-S to be more strenuous to manage than any 9mm pistol I've ever fired. 9mm recoil really isn't all that much to deal with. (In fact, neither is 45 ACP. Personally, I don't actually notice a distinct manageable difference in pistol recoil until I start shooting 40 S&W and other similar rounds with a sharp ignition pressure curve.)
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2012
  7. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
  8. mike28w


    Jul 4, 2009
    Idaho !!
    Federal made the EFMJ ( expanding full metal jacket) round a few years ago. It came in 105 grain bullet . I thought that it was less recoil (for me). Always cycled in my Kahr PM9 and Glock 26.....

    I later moved to Gold Dots because I got a good deal on a bunch.....

    I believe that Federal has changed the name of the EFMJ, but I can't remember what they now call it.... Hope this helps a little.....mike
  9. JW1178


    Jul 17, 2009
    147gr ammo is about as soft shooting as you can get.
  10. PrecisionRifleman


    Jan 24, 2011
    I agree, the 147 loads feel like powder puff loads no matter what brand.
  11. kaech


    Jan 26, 2012
    CG wisconsin
    147gr. Federal HST.. will always expand out of a sub barrel
  12. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    Yep, 147. HST in particular.
  13. Kentguy


    Nov 22, 2010
    Kent, OH
    Upstate Glocker,

    Just another thought here... If you are seriously looking into carrying a 380, I would recommend purchasing a Bersa Thunder 380 -

    I have one and do carry it on hot summer days when a tee shirt, shorts & sandals are called for. It's small(er) size does not print like my Glock 26 would in a similar situation.

    The 3.5" barrel does handle SD ammo better than some of those pocket pistols chambered for the 380 cartridge. I would choose the 90g XTP HP by Hornady of this gun, because I like it, for a 380 it provides deep enough penetration and adequate stopping power to get you out of the immediate danger/confrontation.

    I would still stick with the 9mm if given a choice of one or the other.

    Just thought I'd toss this out to you. Again good luck in your search.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2012
  14. meatloaf samwich

    meatloaf samwich

    Aug 29, 2012
    Have you considered getting a ported bbl from storm lake or barsto? They don't cost that much but the make a huge difference. I have a 357 Sig that I bought a 9mm ported conversion bbl for and the 9mm shoots very soft with the porting. So soft I am going to get a ported bbl for the 357sig.
  15. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    WWB 115gr FMJ-RN doesn't have much recoil.
  16. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    I agree. I prefer heavy for caliber any way, but the 147g Gold Dot in a nice shooting round in my P239.
  17. Inebriated


    Feb 20, 2012
    Another vote for 147 grain HST or Gold Dot.
  18. Ljutic


    Jun 8, 2011
    I'm really surprised that this has not been mentioned yet. Hornady Critical Defense is very soft on recoil in 380 and 9mm. It has tested well for me and demonstrates a nice balance of expansion and penetration. I think it might be one for you to try and see if it helps your shooting.
  19. 2afreedom


    May 6, 2007
    The South
    If you're looking for practice ammo, Remington UMC 115gr. always seemed anemic to me.
  20. Roering

    Roering Sorting nuts

    Feb 14, 2008
    Costa Mesa
    If the recoil of a 9mm is too much, you may need to start carrying this.