I had a really late start in life with any firearms experience aside from a Benjamin pump pellet rifle. I was 18 the first time I had ever had the chance to fire a gun. To be honest, I was pretty nervous about it growing up. I was always told that that the "'kick' on a gun was sooo horrible". When I finally had decided that I would love to try it anyway I had never had the chance. Anyway, a guy that I worked with offered to take me out shooting with him. All he had to shoot was a derringer. So we went out to the desert and shot at beer cans with some 410 rounds. The first thing I noticed was that the grip of the gun was really small. This made me uncomfortable from the get go. But it was still pretty fun. He told me "see, I told you there wasn't anything to worry about". And I agreed, it wasn't too bad. He handed me a 45lc and said "put this in there". I did and asked him in a really concerned way "is this going to kick as bad?" He said "no way, those 410's are about as bad as it gets". I proceeded pretty sure he was fooling with me. Gripping the grip a little tighter than previously I squeezed the trigger and the freaked thing went off just about flipped out of my hand and in to my face!! I hated it and laughed my butt off at the same time. He had a pretty good laugh too. But that was my derringer experience right there with my first shooting experience. Fortunately it didn't scar me enough to stay away from firearms...., well I didn't get my first gun 'till I was 29 years old but still, not forever.