Yes i have shot it . Only about 4 times..... and it shoots about like a 45 ACP. (I think the 45 is a powder puff when it comes to recoil). I have a range in my back yard and will put it through the ringer today and see how it really shoots. What little I have shot it so far I like. Will prob keep the Assembly as you call it and get a 40 Cal barrel,bushing, guide rod and spring and have more bang for the bucks that way. Any suggestions on where to get the 40 cal stuff?