The recoil shouldn't be bad at all, unless it's a really small 'mouse gun' of some sort. Just to be completely safe, you might just load one round in the mag, chamber it & shoot it, to see just how it is. That way, if you are surprised with more recoil than expected, there is not a second round in the pistol that you accidently discharge by reflex. Some pistols, if decocked, are double action on the first round & single action on the second. That second round can go off really easy!