I bought this gun (blued version) as a "protector" while at work. I was working in the mountains around Pike's Peak area and needed a gun that would be effective on big game. The recoil was at first surprising (my first handgun!), but soon got accustomed to it. I reload my ammo, so I shoot lighter loads for target and have 300 gr. loads for protection when in the mountains. It carries on the hip very comfortably and is a complete joy to shoot.
Colorado Springs, Co.