July 1999

Handling Recoil: Wilson Combat, Sprinco Rods Go Head to Head

When we pitted two very different replacement guide rods for a Springfield .45 ACP, we found both helped us shoot fasteróbut we liked the Sprinco product better.

Whenever a shooting match is scored with points divided by time, such as in Practical Shooting, reducing the time between shots (splits) becomes a major concern. Similarly, shooting fast and accurately in a defensive situation can be a lifesaving edge. Even when plinking, dealing with less recoil can yield “holier” tin cans and more fun.

Since recoil and the resulting muzzle flip is the force that pulls our sights away from the target, many products claiming to reduce recoil have entered the market. The makers of these products like to throw around numbers like 30 and 40 percent reduction in recoil, but most of these gadgets would be more suitable being sold from the back of a wagon in a...

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