posted on Feb, 22 2013 @ 12:05 PM
Managing recoil is best done through constant training and drilling in proper technique, stance, breathing, and especially firearm handling.
In real world defensive case scenarios you're not likely going to get to just stand there and plink away at a bad guy. Training with low-powder
loads, while an effective way to reduce felt recoil, going to hurt you in the long run if you carry your gun for SD. Practice with what you carry.
Practice with what you carry. Practice with what you carry.
If you're not carrying it for SD or otherwise, or have no expectation to ever need it for a real world scenario - then yeah. Go heavy for caliber
and the lowest powder load you can without causing FTE's or squibs. However, if you are taking to the range for more than just recreational
shooting, then you need to focus on your grip, especially in multiple stances, from modern isosceles to one handed on your back. Proper grip and
handling will do the most to control your recoil.
Things you -can- do to help on the mechanical end do include either dual springs or progressive springs - though anecdotal reports exist of them
causing FTE or similar issues.
Also, carry heavy for caliber. If you're shooting .45, go with the heaviest grain you can, something like 235. Heavier bullets exit slower, and
that will help the felt recoil. It also has the benefit of hitting your BG with a heavier bullet, a net gain.
Either way though I'd focus more on grip and drills then trying to find a gimmick to tame recoil. Recoil is an entirely physical reaction, and
appropriate grip will go a long ways to helping more with that then a recoil spring.