Did some horse trading today. My lgs owner is, lucky me, into guitars as well as guns like me. So I did some trading, since my wife watches what I spend my money on. No cash out! I got the duo tone Model XDs after reading some magazines and reviews on this site and others. All I can say is...its not that bad of a kick. It seems louder than my commander 1911, but I would say the recoil is no worse than my LC9. If your considering getting one,I say go for it!