9 Great Low-Recoil Cartridges

One of my missions in life is to encourage more women and children to get involved with responsible gun ownership and training. Some of the main obstacles I hear of is that shooting is too loud or that recoil is too strong.

In fact, it seems that no matter what their level of experience or what their area of expertise, many gun owners have long wished for ammunition that would make shooting easier and more enjoyable, without sacrificing performance for hunting, practice, competition or personal protection.

Fortunately, I've found there are several effective, low-recoil cartridges options available, some new, some not-so-new but tried-and-true. Without punishing recoil and bruised shoulders, greater numbers of people can get involved and enjoy shooting, whatever their firearms activities or gun preferences may be.

Think of light recoil as an "easygoing" alternative. Interested? Here are a few of my favorite reduced-recoil standouts to consider for rifles, shotguns, and handguns.


Here's look at nine great low-recoil cartridges


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