According to Newtown’s Third Law, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. When gunpowder explodes inside a firearm and launches the bullet forwards, an equal amount of force pushes the gun backwards and (usually) upwards. The bigger the explosion, the greater the force. Recoil baby! I love it.
Firing a gun with a lot of recoil — be it a Smith & Wesson .460 snubbie or a Benelli M4 tactical 12-guage — makes me feel like Zeus hurling a thunderbolt. Most gun owners don’t share that view. Sensibly enough, they consider heavy recoil an impediment to accuracy that’s often painful and always LOUD. How recoil sensitive are you? Does recoil factor into your choice of firearms?