Recoil difference between a compensated barrel and a flanged barrel

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by monadh, Feb 17, 2019.

  1. monadh

    monadh Sapientiae Timor Domini Initium

    May 8, 2012

    I did do a search but I might have missed the thread. Is there a recoil difference between a flanged barrel and a compensated barrel in .45? Do either make any difference whatsoever?

    Sorry to sound like a pansy, but the reason why I have gone to 9mm instead of .45 is because my hands hurts from all of the stupid things I did in the past, but I have some .45s that I cannot bear to part with. I would appreciate your experiences.

  2. ChuckC

    ChuckC Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Feb 2, 2016
    In for the knowledge, been wanting to try a carry comp or flanged pistol myself!

  3. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    I had a Nowlin "Carry Comp" on a Lightweight Commander (.45 ACP of course) that John Sr. put togther 30 yrs. ago.
    OAL was same as a 5" gun.
    In spite of the limited gas pressure, the comp did work fairly well.

    I have a Wilson "Carry Comp", or whatever, that's an Officer sized frame gun. It's OK, the Nowlin was the better gun.

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  4. John Ryder

    John Ryder Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2011
    A flanged barrel is just more weight up front, which may help some with muzzle flip.

    A comp controls gas, which far better controls recoil.

    For sure, the right style comp will give more recoil control.
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  5. gun_fan111

    gun_fan111 Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2014
    Are these two options mutually exclusive? I would imagine doing both will give you the best reduction possible.
  6. John Ryder

    John Ryder Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2011
    Depending how you look at the two styles of comp's...I would say they are separate.

    The thread-on style, sure, has some weight on the end of the barrel, but not really that much.

    The build-in comps like STI and now NHC wouldn't really add weight as it is taking the place of some of the slide.
  7. jmr986

    jmr986 Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2016
    I know you asked about a .45, but I have a S&W 586 L comp in .357. I’ve shot it back to back with its larger N frame brother. IMHO the comp makes a difference, less recoil.


    Perhaps a NHC Firehawk is in your future?
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  8. monadh

    monadh Sapientiae Timor Domini Initium

    May 8, 2012
    Nah, I have a Kimber that I would like to get a compensated barrel for. Yes, the barrel would be about half the worth of the pistol, but the only option is to spend big bucks on something that is not a GI.
  9. Descartian

    Descartian Well-Known Member

    Apr 13, 2017
    I think it needs to be said. Comps and heavy barrels generally do not reduce recoil. They reduce perceived recoil and muzzle flip.

    I have a good amount of comped and bull and coned barrels. Comps make a big difference, the bigger the comp the bigger the reduction in muzzle flip. Also using a powder that produces more gas makes the comp work more efficiently.

    I have a 6” 10mm with a bull barrel that has been turned down to accept an EGW 5 chamber 7 port cone comp. It shoots laughably flat, almost like a 9mm powderpuff load, almost 22mag.
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