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When a firearm is fired, why does the recoil always cause the barrel of the gun to point upward? why not downward? left or right

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  • meagel
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    PHYSICS PHYSICS PKYSICS PHYSICS PHYSICS PHYSICS PHYSICS PHYSICS PHYSICS PHYSICS PHYSICS

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  • Sharkfin
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    Dang Clay, I'll be sore for a week after trying that. Kids, don't try this at home!!

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  • DakotaMan
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    If you hold your firearm (resist the recoil) at a point below the centerline of the bore, the barrel will move up. If you hold it above the centerline of the bore, it will go down. Just think about it, if your pistol had a six foot long grip, and you were holding it at the bottom of the grip, the barrel would go up when you fire it. If you turn it upside down and fire it from a grip six feet above the barrel, it will go down.

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  • samuel wilson
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    the gases excaps causes that

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  • bonnier-admin_2
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    If you want the barrel to recoil downwards, you need to stand on your head a shoot, LOL!

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  • huntcamp
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    when dry firing it is the shooter. Gun doesn't move. They are just jerking the trigger instead of just squeezing.

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  • NYhunter
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    I think it's how we half to hold the gun up , and if you have seen any one dry fire they allmost allwase pull up!

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  • jlfreeborn
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    MLH beat me to it. Good answer.

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  • shane
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    This is why stocks with a lot of drop make some guns seem extra nasty.

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  • WA Mtnhunter
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    Just like an AR-15 has little muzzle jump due to the barrel, action, stock, and butt being more or less in the same plane.

    Hold a pistol upside down or sideways and observe the motion. It is all about recoil moment reacting about an off axis restraint like the grip or stock

    Good answer MLH.

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  • MLH
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    In general, recoil goes straight back down the centerline (CL) of the barrel. Your grip on the handgun opposes that force at a point below that CL. Hence the gun tries to rotate upward.

    On a rifle, most of the opposing force occurs at the butt of the gun where it meets the shoulder. That point is also below the CL of the bore so the barrel tries to rotate upward around the shoulder.

    If you bought the bore CL directly in line with the CL of the rifle butt or pistol grip the recoil would be pretty much straight back. Bring it below and the rotation is downward.

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  • matouse3
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    Really interesting question Reid I'm looking forward to future answers. In reference to your handgun comment, do you think that because the barrel is on the top, your hold is on the bottom that your hand is simply acting as a pivot point sending the barrel upward?

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  • Reid Jones
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    really churro? i'm assuming your the one who gave the minuses. well think of it like this. you're holding a handgun 2 feet away from your shoulder and you fire and the recoil send the barrel of the gun pointing upward. i've seen videos of people being hit in the face with the handgun. i don't think that's out of reflex to transfer energy. but correct me if i'm wrong.

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  • churro73
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    Really? ....it doesn't, the recoil pushes back up against your shoulder, to transfer that force away from your sholder you pull it up.

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  • t_holinka
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    I think it has more to do with the way the gun is held.

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