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  • ohhrico1969

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    My (step)daughter has been asking for a handgun since I first taught her to shoot at 11 years old. I have been waiting to see if she was really interested in shooting or if she was just "copying" my interest. I didn't know she liked football until one day I was watching my Cowboys play and she told me they were her favorite team! lol (her mom and I secretly smirked because we knew it was because, she had watched me get animated during games)

    Anyway, I taught her mom to shoot as well and even convinced her to get her own gun that she picked out. My daughter has shot her mom's gun several times and is pretty decent.

    We finally decided to get her a gun for xmas. She is now 15. She will have a brand new block 26 under the tree. I figured she can learn, become proficient with, and get to know her gun and will have it as she gets older and use it for self protection. By then she will have mastered and become very knowledgeable about her firearm.

    She hasn't shot for awhile and we will take it to the range after xmas. What 9mm ammo would you guys recommend that is light recoiling and will only be used for practice. I know she will not shoot it for long but I want to work her way up as she becomes used to and more proficient with it. Any thoughts?


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    I've always used the WWB 115gr FMJ stuff but it is getting hard to find. I asked this question a few weeks ago and everyone seemed to point to Federal in the same config. Pretty standard stuff and I wouldn't go to light on recoil as it would be better to learn how to handle the platform as a whole.


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    If you're worried about recoil, the G17 or 19 would have been much better choices. I dont think you're gonna find a particular brand of range ammo that is appreciably softer shooting than any other.


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    Gunz are icky.
    Any 9mm ammo will work.
    Winchester or Federal from Wally-Mart for practice.
    Be aware that these will have some recoil to them. All 9mm ammo will.
    Congrats on the new pistol
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    The above. Just normal target ammo, it's a G26 so it will eat anything.

    I may suggest the +2 plate on the bottom that will let her get her pinkie on the grip. IMO, it doesn't really do much for actual recoil control, but mentally it helps out with the perception. 26s are pretty "snappy" for recoil, and I think confidence and form are really more important than ammo choice for recoil management.


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    Thanks for the response so far. I thought about the G19. I have one and she has held it, but my G27 with baseplate and such she really likes. She can manipulate the slide easier than she can the g19 and likes the way it feels. Thats why I chose the 26. figured it would be the best of all things considered, not a micro subcompact, fits her hand well, easier to conceal (if at a letter time she decides to do so) yadda yadda yadda. lol

    I understand that the dynamics of recoiled "control" and proper stance and grip ...​ just wanted to factor in velocity rounds etc. and grain and find a decent balance to add to the all the elements of her training. I know some IDPA shooters have used some "lighter" to reduce muzzle flip times but I am not a reloader and didn't know if anyone know of some man rounds they could recommend. great responses guys. I am reading them and taking in your suggestions and insights. I love learning from your ideas and looking at different perspectives.


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    In 9mm, if you stay away from +P I do not think you will notice a difference in recoil much. Her stance and grip will have much more of an impact. The Glock 26 (you called it a Block, and I nearly spit coffee on the screen ;) ) Is not ideal for a new shooter, especially one with small hands like I presume she has.

    I strongly suggest, as onyxATX suggested, the extended grip for the 26.

    I started my daughter on the .22 when she was 7. She does like the 1911 in .45, but her favorite current gun we own is my Springfield XD sub compact, but she insists on using the extended magazine. She has used both. Oh yeah, she is 17 now..

    Be sure and post some pics of you guys shooting. I treasure my range time with my girl.


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    I know some IDPA shooters have used some "lighter" to reduce muzzle flip times...
    I hope that people more experienced than me will eagerly jump in to correct me but I don't think that applies to your case.

    The only use of handloads to reduce felt recoil and muzzle flip that I know of are actually higher-pressure rounds spitting out lighter bullets. These produce more gas to help compensators work better. I've seen some real fire-breathing loads shot through those big old chamber-type compensators hung off the end of the barrel and, when everything is working together, the muzzle flip seems reduced to nearly nothing.

    None of that applies in this situation.

    As for ammo that just kicks less, that's tough. (The following is from memory, so forgive me if numerical details are a bit off.) At the last Hicksville meeet, I shot up the last of my 65-grain (some kinda sintered bullets) Aguila 9mm. It chrono'd very fast, over 1600 fps from my long-slide Glock. The perceived recoil and muzzle flip were almost nothing. Of course, the slide didn't move at all, turning my semi-auto into a manually operated repeater.

    So, ammo at the extreme ends of various design parameters might accomplish what you're asking but, IME, it usually comes with its own set of problems.

    Other thoughts -

    If you can still find some of that Hirtenberger 100-grain (or was it 90?) stuff that used to be around in great quantities it was loud but I felt the recoil was rather light due to the light bullet.

    I find most "range ammo" is loaded a bit light, so I'm basically with Moonpie in my recommendations.

    The only thing that I would really suggest might be productive is to get a box of 115-grain FMJ practice ammo and a box of the 147-grain version of the same stuff. Load some mags for her and have her try them both in a blind A-B test. If she can perceive a difference, then buy the stuff she likes better. Some folks swear the subjective feel of a slow, heavy bullet vs. a faster, lighter bullet is perceptible and actually makes a difference. I'm not that sensitive. The folks that are that sensitive don't seem to agree on which is better. ;) But I think the test would be worthwhile just in case your daughter finds a difference she can exploit to her advantage.



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