How bad is it's recoil? Bad, very bad. Even considered "bad to the bone!". I'm not a small guy and have big hands and arms so recoil, while horrendous, didn't physically effect me, and the muzzle blast, even indoors didn't much get passed my muffs. When shooting my Magnums my pulse went up along with my blood pressure and it took over an hour for the feeling to return completely to my hand. The grin on my face sometimes stayed for a few hours. Today there are more powerful handguns, but if one is at all concerned about noise and muzzle jump, stay with the "Special" family of cartridges. There is no shame in preferring an easier shooting handgun (I really like my Beretta 81 and my Ruger MkII)...