I rented a Ruger Plastic 38 revolver and fired it with 38 SPL FMJ. I thought the recoil felt like it was more than shooting a 125 grain 1,450 FPS load out of a K frame 4 inch metal revolver. It was also more felt recoil than a 44mag fired out of a Ruger Red Hawk. I had trouble shooting it accuratley. I know some people love them and can shoot them well. However if anyone is thinking of getting one you should relize the felt recoil is more than a snub 38 airweight aluminum frame. I do not think it is a gun that people would enjoy putting 100 rounds through at the range. After 25 rounds I had enough. Holding it my hand it seemed like it weighs less than half of what a Glock 26 is. However I have not looked up the specs so that is just a guess. I wonder if someone will eventually make aplastic 44 magnum snub nose or a plastic derringer in 454 casul with a grip about as big as your thumb. Taurus has a ploymer version of the judge now. I have never fired a judge but assumed the metal one would probably recoil like a normal 45 long colt.