Newb to the forum here, not new to guns. I own the G36, along with a few other 45's. It's a decent handgun. Shoots where ya tell it to, no hang ups, no FTF, FTE, etc. Recoil is pretty much no worse than the 1911. Certainly not an issue if you have experience with .45's. The grip length leaves my pinkie finger under the mag plate, I actually like this "feature". I do not like the grooved grip, but it is easily removed with a file and some elbow grease. If you can get your hands on one to try before you buy, then I highly suggest you do. I will probably trade mine in for a M&P 9c one day, trade value on the G36 is not very good. I have never been able to get comfy with the grip angle on the G36. This is by no means a slam on the gun, just does not work for me. It conceals very good, which is what it is designed for! Best I could do to "sell you". Hope it helps.