I had always heard about the "savage, brutal, snappy recoil" of the .40 cal round. I was always curious about it, finally broke down and got a P229 and took it to the range. I mustered up all of my courage and touched off the first round from that mighty cannon. "Bang." Oh. That wasn't so bad. "Bang bang bang bang bang etc.". Hmm. Meh. Same thing with my 23. It recoils, sure. But it's no big deal. You know when the gun goes off, but it certainly isn't painful or an impediment to shooting in any way. You want recoil? Shoot some heavy .357 through a light J-frame and get back to me. That's some brutal business. After the first time I shot .357 through my 60 Pro-Series my hand was bleeding. A .40 through a Glock is nothing compared to that.