I love this gun!! Took my wife to the blm this afternoon and took an assortment of pistols and the .410. She shot the .22TCM 1911 A2 FS. She was intimidated by it until she pulled the trigger. She loved it. Next I shot the new Xds .45. I was pleasantly surprised at the recoil. I did put a Pearce pinky extension and a Handall Jr. Grip sleave on which definitely helped. It is still a bit snappy but easily controllable. My wife shot a couple of mags thru it as well. She said it's not her favorite but she still did good with it. She shot the Taurus 24/7 9mm and she liked that, but her favorite was the 100 + year old S&W .32 wheel gun! That gun is a sweetheart. She claimed it as her own! Thats OK cuz I just put the Ruger Redhawk Hunter .44 mag on layaway! I must say, it was a great day on the range. My wife has a renewed interest in shooting with me, and that is a really good thing!