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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.
A small amount of extra mass can noticeably reduce perceived recoil. What is the mass of each pistol?
 

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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?
Mass alone is a weak reed: 94.5 / 100. Recoil springs turn momentum into heat. They might indeed explain something.
 
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