Sprinco USA Kimber 4-inch Pro/Compact Recoil Reducer

posted on May 25, 2011

Boasting features such as a contour mainspring, coupled with a modified alloy frame and a mid-length slide and tapered barrel, there's little doubt the Kimber Super Carry Pro was built with concealed carry in mind. Add to it the presence of Meprolight tritium night sights, a factory ambidextrous thumb safety to support my southpaw affliction and those sexy slide serrations that not only resemble snake scales, but possess ergonomic, unidirectional properties (they feel smooth when contacted in one direction, but provide purchase from the other).

Chock full of beneficial features and clad in an elegant two-tone finish of matte black and silver, it's little wonder my first introduction to the such a classy-looking 1911 resulted in love at first sight. However, our courtship went up in gunsmoke with the first round of 230-grain hardball to be sent downrange. The pain of loss and the harshness of recoil was all that remained—that is until I found solace in the form of a Sprinco USA's Recoil Reducer.

If there's one semi-automatic handgun component that's had its validity debated into the ground, it's the guide rod. Proponents say it prevents your recoil spring for kinking, thereby enhancing reliability, while purists denounce the guide rod claiming it's not only unnecessary, but installing one hinders traditional operations like press checks and one-handed malfunction clearances.

As a firearm journalist who clearly understands both sides of the debate, it's hard to pick a side. However, as a physically disabled shooter, the benefits of Sprinco USA's Recoil Management Guide Rod System make it, without question, a must-have. Whether your goal is to prolong the life of your handgun by reducing wear and tear or lessen your sensitivity to recoil, a Sprinco USA guide rod helps by accomplishing both of those tasks and more.

The company's Recoil Reducers are designed to significantly reduce the damaging forces associated with the slide-to-frame impact of semi-automatics pistols by incorporating a chrome silicon wire, secondary sub-spring assembly on the rear of the company's heat-treated, 17-4 stainless steel guide rods. Available for a variety of handguns, use of the sub-spring creates a reduction of energy transference that proves quite beneficial for shooters in the form of reduced muzzle flip, less felt recoil and faster sight recovery resulting in quicker follow-up shots.

Despite prolonged periods at the range as part of my job, having to cope with a lack of strength and limited motor skills as a result of cerebral palsy has me constantly searching for new methods for overcoming the effects of muzzle flip. While porting has a nasty track record for charbroiling your front sight's tritium ampoule, not to mention temporarily destroying your night vision, Sprinco's system has no such effect.

Equally beneficial when used in steel-framed handguns, Sprinco's Kimber 4-inch Pro/Compact Recoil Reducer unquestionably proved its merit when installed in an alloy-frame pistol. Swapping out the Kimber's factory guide rod with the Sprinco recoil reducer was so simple even a gimpy gunwriter could accomplish is in mere minutes. Best of all, the recoil reducer was designed to work with the factory Kimber recoil spring.

The benefits of an alloy-framed pistol are blatantly apparent for concealed carry in the form of enhanced comfort through weight reduction. However, just like a teeter-totter ride, a gain in one area translates to a loss in another. In terms of an alloy-framed pistol like the Kimber Super Carry Pro, the frame's reduced mass not only accentuates felt recoil, it also increases wear and tear on the pistol.

Sprinco USA's literature states its recoil reducers, "make a significant difference by the management of peak impact forces to the slide/frame interface." Its sub-spring assembly is positioned to ensure normal cycling and reliability. Less slide-to-frame impact not only prolongs the service life of your pistol, it results in a less energy transferred to the pistol grip and naturally, to the shooter's extremities, which translates to less felt recoil muzzle flip and faster sight recovery.

The Sprinco USA Recoil Reducer is not only good for your pistol, it makes you a better shooter. If that's not powerful enough to rekindle a love affair, I don't know what is.


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