I've shot both and thought the railed Colt had more felt recoil.
When you do the math for free recoil energy, extra weight reduces the energy.According to each manufacturer's website, the empty weight of each is:
Dan Wesson Valor - 39.7 oz.
Nighthawk Enforcer - 38.6 oz.
I have to conclude that it's more your perception than a reality. I can't imagine an ounce making that big of a difference in a 2.5 pound gun.
A small amount of extra mass can noticeably reduce perceived recoil. What is the mass of each pistol?I was shooting my Dan Wesson Valor Government and Nighthawk Enforcer yesterday. I must say that I thought the Valor was softer shooting with the same ammunition (Federal American Eagle 230 grain FMJ). Perhaps the weight of the rail changes the equation?
What do you think of recoil in railed and non-railed 1911s?
Please do not respond with wasteful responses like "Railed 1911's are not 1911's" or "My religion excludes railed 1911's." I want useful information.
See post 5.
I’m wondering if both have same recoil springs? Maybe the NH has a flat wire one? Or one has a slightly different recoil system setup?
This was my first thought. All else being equal, wouldn’t spring rates and wear of said springs have some affect?Recoil spring weight, mainspring weight or the profile of the firing pin stop could be playing a role in the felt recoil of each pistol so it isn’t as cut and dry as the heavier gun will always have less felt recoil.