Family member has been struggling with his 9mm M&P Shield (Compact); racking the slide and loading mags. To the point he is not shooting nearly as often, nor as long and today did not seem to enjoy himself after a few rounds/reloads.
I was thinking of letting him borrow my P220; Slide manipulation seems easy to me; loading the larger .45 in the single stack is definitely easier; and the full size frame might be easier to handle... He seems hesitant, fearing the .45 will aggravate his physical limitations, mostly psychological if you ask me.
What would be the lightest/softest shooting off the shelf .45acp I could have him try?
(FWIW he also has a Ruger .22 that he likes to warm up with and likes the cheap ammo for, but I know he likes to put some real lead downrange (And hates loading the .22)
My wife had the same issue with her Shield. She now carries the Shield EZ and LOVES it. Slide racks like a .22 and mags are stupid easy to load. Has been 100% reliable with several different loads. Ugly as hell, but solves a common problem.
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Buffalo bore makes soft shooting 45 ammo.
You would need a 12-14 lb recoil spring in a 1911, but I bet a P220 would cycle them. It's damn expensive, one reason I still look at reloading...
Big help for loading mags:
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This is one of those situations where being a reloader would be a huge advantage.
Needs a 22 LR loader--the Speed Beez. Not expensive-makes reloading Ruger Mark, Buckmark or S&W Victory super easy.
My friend has a .380 EZ Shield and I poked fun of it for a bit. Then he was in a motorcycle accident, broke both wrists, surgery, slow recovery and a year later is still not 100%.
It's now the perfect gun for him.
I can highly recommend Federal Syntech Action Pistol in .45 I use it in my vintage Sig P220's and Browning BDA. It has a very light and pleasant recoil impulse. Clean up is easy as well. Stellar ammunition for your purpose.
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Winchester 185 grain FMJ and Silvertip HP are both noticeably softer shooting in my alloy framed Kimber than 230 grain loadings.
Regarding gun choices, any sa or sa/ da is better, as you can cock the hammer first to reduce racking slide force. Once chambered, the only issue then is clearing malfunctions, which are more likely if you have an admittedly weak grip.
I had a 9mm government Model for awhile. Very easy to rack.
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