I have the P99c in 9mm and it does not bother me at all. I consider it a light to moderate recoil. I am used to shooting a Kimber Ultra CDP in 45 so to me the P99 ios a breeze. My son had a S&W 642 and I took it to the range one day and put about 50 rounds through it and I did not like it at all. It really hurt to shoot it. I went back to the P99 and Kimber and put another 800 rounds down range without it bothering me at all. My P99c has quickly become my favorite carry weapon and it is a lot of fun to shoot and very accurate.