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Posted: 5/12/2003 6:38:51 AM EST
So recently, I bought myself and my lady friend a Kimber. Pro Tactical II for me, and a Ultra Carry for her.

Went shooting them yesterday for the first time, and let me say...NEITHER OF US LIKE THEM. I've shot 1911 style guns before, but NONE of them had the recoil bite that these two pistolas had. We're both very disappointed. My USP .45 feels like a .22LR compared to both of these Kimbers.

So, I've been thinking about a barrel swap on both of them. Maybe to 9mm, .40, or .38 Super. I think I know how the 9 and .40 will feel, but I've never shot a .38 Super.

So, my question is: How does the recoil of the .38 Super compare to other cartridges like the .45 or the 9mm?

Link Posted: 5/12/2003 9:56:26 PM EST
IMO, it'll feel like a .40 since it has similiar ballastics.

Sorry to hear that neither of you don't like your guns. It's a PITA when one buys a nice gun that turns out to be a klunker.
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 10:24:39 PM EST
I suppose the .38 will have faster recoil. I personally don't mind recoil, except in magnum revolvers. .357 snubbies and hot loaded .44s get old fast.
Link Posted: 5/13/2003 12:33:29 AM EST
In my opinion .40 has more recoil than .45. .45 is more of a nice push where as .40 is sharp and snappy. I'd suggest selling the guns and getting something else. Maybe try a 1911 that was already built for .38 super. Its gonna cost allot to get your current .45 shooting the .38 super. Its not just a matter of swapping out the barrel.
Link Posted: 5/13/2003 2:36:02 AM EST
what schman45 said!i have a ultra carry kimber in .45 and love it.i also have a colt goverment 5 inch in .38 super.this is possably my favorite gun.i love the .38 super in the 1911 platform.
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