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Old November 9, 2012, 09:02 AM   #1
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Glock 36 ?

What is the difference in felt recoil between a Glock 36 45 acp and a full size 1911 ?
What are your feelings on a Glock 36 as a personal carry gun ?
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Old November 9, 2012, 09:20 AM   #2
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The 1911 has a twisting recoil ...up and muzzle twist clockwise. I've never had a problem with recoil on that pistol and am very comfortable with it. My 1911's weigh in at about 39 ounces empty so the weight dampens much of the recoil.

I have both the G21 and the G36 and think the world of both of them. Recoil is never a problem as I've shot .45acp since 1968 and place it number ONE on my list of choices. G36 is not a beast to shoot at all and I've never ...repeat NEVER had a malfunction with it.

The G21 is a moose but the G36 has some real potential as a carry gun. I carried my 1911 for many years through fields, brush and as a small game getter but would never consider the 1911 for concealed carry. I have the magazine extender type mags on my G36 because I have huge hands. Removing those mag caps make the pistol really small for a .45.

The smaller capacity of the G36 may cause some concern as compared to a G17 or G19 in 9mm. The .45acp has plenty of authority to end disputes quickly and efficiently so the lower capacity issue is offset. Whatever the .45 acp hits, STAYS hit and there's no "shaking off" a hit from the .45.


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Old November 9, 2012, 09:22 AM   #3
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I carry a Glock 30 (the 10 rd .45 ACP (sub)compact).

Recoil is VERY manageable. I have no problem concealing my 30, and I imagine the 36 can only be easier.
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Old November 9, 2012, 11:58 AM   #4
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1911s are heavy, and have a lot up front. They gobble up recoil. 1911s are the most pleasurable weapons I've fired-- and I'm a polymer guy.

The G36 is very light, and isn't front heavy. It does allow a three-finger grip, and the blocky nature of Glock grips works great with the single stack. It fills the hand nicely, and I have an easy time controlling them. If I were stuck with FMJ (ie, no 9mm hollow points), the G36 and an M&P45c would be my choices for IWB and OWB concealed carry.
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Old November 9, 2012, 12:27 PM   #5
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You asked for 'felt' difference.

Subjective opinion with the same brisk load, (200H&G/7.0New Unique), is that the slide's cycle on the 36 is quicker, sharper, and has less 'torque' than the range mule Norinco. Thats with a one hand Bullseye stance and attitude at a slow cadence.

Not objective at all.

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Old November 9, 2012, 12:40 PM   #6
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1911 and 36

I have both. Like them both. Recoil with the noted a few times not a problem. Very reliable and startlingly accurate.
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Old November 9, 2012, 01:08 PM   #7
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I've tried lots of ways to make an excuse to buy a G36, but I just cant do it with a G27 around.

That magazine grip thing on the G36.. blah.

I could be all over the 36 if there were conversions to 10mm.

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Old November 9, 2012, 06:51 PM   #8
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I have no problems with either. For me the G36 was surprisingly easy to shoot, and I would recommend it from a carry perspective.
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Thank you for all the replies, I appreciate it.
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