recoiling mass

recoiling mass

[ri′kȯil·iŋ ′mas]
(ordnance)
The mass of the recoiling parts of a weapon.
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The shooter needs to wear a glove and long sleeves to protect from the substantial blast that comes through the barrel/cylinder gap and make sure that the hand that operates the trigger lever does not get in the way of the recoiling mass. That said, the table shows accuracy was really quite good.
Any time you reduce the weight of the recoiling mass (slide and barrel), the recoiling velocity of the slide is increased considerably.