Ballistics by the inch

Dealing with power, part II: Recoil.

Yesterday I took advantage of the unseasonable warmth to get out to the range and have a bit of fun & practice:

Cans

Yeah, those cans jump pretty good when popped with .45 Super rounds, particularly out of my Cx4 Storm.

Which, this time out, was a lot more fun to shoot than when I last took it out. Because I had gotten around to adding a slip-on recoil pad to it. Specifically, one of these: Pachmayr Decelerator® Slip-On Recoil Pads (Not a paid ad, and I got mine from a different seller.)

Because while you want to take steps to manage the power of a round like the .45 Super on the INSIDE of your firearm, you also have to take steps to manage the recoil you experience on your body. Or you’ll avoid practicing. Or will develop bad habits (flinching, grimacing & closing your eyes, etc). Or you’ll be spending money on painkillers, bruise ointments, and massages that you can more profitably spend on ammo/components.

While I like the overall design and ergonomics of the Cx4, the thin rubber ‘recoil pad’ it comes with doesn’t actually do much to tame the recoil, particularly out of .45 Super rounds. So I spent some time looking over different products to help with that, and settled on the Decelerator. Here’s how it looks on my gun:

Left

And:

Right

I was really pleased with the difference it made. Easily knocked off at least half of the felt recoil. Probably more like 3/4ths. And the added lengthening of the stock isn’t at all a problem for me with my long arms.

And of course, if one of my friends wants to prove how macho/masochistic they are, it’ll slip right off … 😉

However you do it, take into consideration how best to manage recoil in your firearms. I’m not recoil-shy. Never have been. But it just makes sense to be kind to your body over the long haul.

 

Jim Downey

PS: the optic is a Vortex Venom holographic red dot sight. So far, I really like it.

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December 23, 2015 - Posted by | .45 Super, Discussion. | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. “RGR, check yourself, b4 you Wreck Yourself”!
    I almost said something about a Hi Point in an ATI Stock 😀

    I’m going to try 45 Super in my 4595 Hi Point, or maybe just some SMC…
    Have a buddy on Hi Point Firearms Forums that ruined a 995 bolt on just
    500 rounds of 9mm NATO mil-surp, and that stuff is not quite +P according
    to the charts.
    For the money, I’ll get another AR-15 based PCC, got an AR-9 from Palmetto,
    but I am interested in seeing your Beretta Carbine results. Looking at the
    “Superformance out of a CX4 Storm” article now, Jim!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS, Hope Santa brings you some of your heart’s desires!

    -RGR

    Comment by underground12x8 | December 24, 2015 | Reply

  2. […] love my Cx4 Storm carbine, as I have mentioned and reviewed. Particularly once it was set-up to deal with the additional power of the .45 Super cartridge, it has proven to be a reliable and formidable […]

    Pingback by Working within your limitations. « Ballistics by the inch | October 16, 2016 | Reply


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