I've had the same experience shooting FBF's flanged barrel guns versus my bull barrel guns - the flanged is a little softer and recovers a little faster.Flange is heavier than a bull.
In my experience a flange is softer than a bull bbl, but a bull is much closer to a flange than it is to a bushing in felt recoil. YMMV.
My thoughts are, it's like splitting hairs at this point. I don't think I'm a good enough shot to really get the most out of either setups, but my experience with it resonates like the above.Thanks Puddi, yes that's what I mean. . . . . but of course I can't really do an A/B comparison-- thus my question.
Which is heavier-- bull or flange?
I guess the question also involves where the weight is located-- the flange being out front making it LIKELY more efficient. BUT I'd love to hear from folks who've shot both. Thanks.
You are on the right track, the easiest way to quantify this is via measured split times...If you recall from my 45 vs 38s thread a few weeks ago for me:My thoughts are, it's like splitting hairs at this point. I don't think I'm a good enough shot to really get the most out of either setups, but my experience with it resonates like the above.
We're talking maybe around .05 - .08 seconds faster splits (I think I am remembering correctly when I tried a buddy's out). Remember though, I'm not a very good shot, lol, so YMMV.
I think it's definitely an unfair advantage in the shooting games where a .05 split difference is huge, but I wouldn't call it a crutch for bad fundamentals, you know what I mean? But...
if it means making the .45 ACP more fun to shoot for you (or hotter calibers ), more power to you, and I think you would like it. Keep in mind it'll make it a little bit more nose heavier - which kind of bugs me during longer range sessions.
I know, I'm a pansy. I find myself favoring the commander sized models more for balance (and smaller calibers too, heh) as I progress as a shooter (gasp* and even plastic and aluminum guns lol).
If you want a taste of what a boat anchor is like, give a FLGR Tungsten guide rod a shot. Those things are heavy. Personally, bull bbls are sexy to me, and they will always have a place in my heart, erm, collection.