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Free, They definitely have a sharper recoil than the full size guns. But I don’t think they are unmanageable. I have a Firestar in 40 S&W that has a bit more felt recoil then the 45acp and it’s not uncomfortable to shoot.

As a comparison shooting a small frame 357 mag revolver with self defense loads wants to jump out of your hand, not so of the 45acp.