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It's too much for some people with inadequate wrist/arm strength to keep a decent grasp for a follow up shot. Some do not like the recoil as they are not used to that much or just plain cant handle it.
My 120 pound wife is well into her 60's and doesn't think so. Then again, she shoots full size and Combat Commander weight .45's. She might feel differently about the recoil if she were shooting one of the fly-weight mini-1911's. Me, I can't tell much difference from most 9 mm's. Most of the "recoil" is between the ears.
Not for me, but perceived recoil depends a lot on the the gun design and weight as well as loads used. I personally fell less recoil in a large 45 than a smaller, lighter 40 (neither one is excessive). A persons physical strength and gun handling techniques also effect perceived recoil.
Nah, not in a fullsize, steel frame, recoil operated gun at any rate. I'm faster with 9mm though.
Actually I think the recoil is too much in direct blowback .380s and 9x18s. They are kinda snappy. Seems to me weight and the way guns are operated (blowback vs. recoil or gas) makes the bigger difference.
You don't need to spend a lot of money to get a great shooting weapon. If you want flash and fancy detailing you can spend a load. But there are a lot of fine shooting and well made weapons out there on the market. I have a mix-master 1911A1 I'd shoot against any high end big name weapon.
My step son has been shooting my 4" aluminum framed Kimber .45 since he was 11 years old. If he can handle it, then anyone can. Proper grip, stance, and mindset are more important than anything else.
Recoil on a .45 is more like a solid push... rather than a sharp snap of a light weight .40.
I would guess time to reacquire would be a function of technique and strength, although I have no data to back that up. I can only go by my own experience in timed drills for the DPSST Range qualification.
If I was a smart-***, ( which of course I will deny) I would say while you might need to reacquire and shoot again with a 9mm....you don't with a .45. But I'm not like that....really
My 2 cents is that it depends on the length of the barrel and the type of material used to build the frame.
A shooter is going to feel a lot more recoil when shooting a 45 with a 3' barrel made with an aluminum or plastic frame, than they are shooting the same round in a gun with a 5" barrel and a steel frame.
That said, recoil management is the key to getting used too, and learning the gun's recoil habits.