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recoil at the sight (of someone or something)

To shrink back, cower, or cringe upon seeing someone or something. Children recoiled at the sight of the man after his face was disfigured in that accident. We all recoiled at the sight of such a gruesome accident. Some may recoil at the sight, but blood and gore has never bothered me in the slightest. I suppose it's part of the reason I got into forensic pathology.
See also: recoil, sight, someone

recoil at the thought (of someone or something)

To shrink back, cower, or cringe upon thinking about someone or something. I recoiled at the thought of having to put my hand down the toilet. You may recoil at the thought, but amputating the arm is the only way to keep the infection from spreading. She recoiled at the thought of her abusive ex-husband.
See also: recoil, someone, thought

recoil from (someone or something)

To cower, shrink back, or pull away from someone or something. Children recoiled from the man ever since his face had been disfigured in that accident. We need a leader who won't recoil from doing what's right, even if it's unpleasant.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

recoil at the sight (of someone or something)

 and recoil at the thought (of someone or something)
Fig. to flinch or cringe at the sight or thought of someone or something. Sally recoiled at the sight of Gerry, who had said something unspeakable. Mary recoiled at the very thought.
See also: recoil, sight

recoil from someone or something

to draw back from someone or something. I recoiled from Sally when she told me what she had done. I recoiled from the horror and slammed the door.
See also: recoil
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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You're looking at whether the bottom half of the crimp groove is abrupt enough to allow an aggressive crimper to produce a crimp capable of hanging on to the bullet during heavy recoil. Some of the older cast bullet designs use very steep crimp grooves, and these are far less effective at holding against heavy recoil than one more abrupt and less steep.
The bottom of the crimp groove should be contoured more like a "hand hold" as opposed to a steep and consequently slippery surface allowing the bullet to wedge its way out of crimp during recoil. Steep crimp grooves such as found on many early SWC bullets are old designs popularized by those using a single assembly die to seat and crimp the bullet at the same time.
The AR pads are more sophisticated incorporating "collapsing air chambers" and upper and lower "impact pillars," which even out recoil impulse while contributing to "controlled force direction" to minimize muzzle jump.
The one pictured on the 3-position Vltor Modstock of a Colt 7.62 AR is called a "Tactical Snap-On Recoil Pad." It neatly slips over and envelops the buttplate while adding about an inch to the length-of-pull.
They all work together to provide a flexible interlocked shock absorber, and according to Benelli, provide a 50 percent reduction in felt recoil from their ComforTech system.
There the guns handled very well, and even though numerous rounds were shot with this very light shotgun, recoil was indeed mild.
the requirement for breech locking has been sometimes overcome by pure blowback systems utilizing extremely heavy recoil springs as in the case of the Spanish Astra 400 and 600 models.
Blowback firearms use the mass (or weight) of the slide and the uncompressed inertia of the recoil spring to hold the slide's breechface tightly up against the rear end of the barrel's chamber until the expanding gases from the burning propellant charge overcome the inertia of the slide and recoil spring and drive, or "blow back," the slide, away from the barrel which in the case of handguns is most often pinned to the frame and thus does not move.
For longer sessions of load development I wear a PAST recoil shield.
No one, no matter how strong, can adequately manage recoil by gripping the gun by its sides.
Recoil affects accuracy in two ways, physical and psychological.
But what isn't known, at least to my knowledge, is if there are any long-term or cumulative effects to recoil. We now know there can be long-term consequences from repeated head trauma, as in contact sports, but the impact from most levels of recoil aren't even close to a helmet-to-helmet encounter or a combination punch from a talented boxer.
Getting the best of recoil is simply a matter of preparing for it.
Rose goes on to suggest, "I would like to see a Recoil Comfort Scale established indicating the relative recoil for various handguns.