Just a note about recoil with the XD45. My wife recently completed a handgun course to get her CC. The retired trooper that held the course had a variety of guns to shoot on the final day and asked me to send my 45 with my wife. Well, they started with the .22's and worked their way up, everyone in the class was convinced the 45 was going to kick. My wife, who has never fired a handgun of any kind, put all 10 shots in 2 inches at 7 yards of a rest and then put 10 shots offhand in 1 1/2 inches! She shot will with all guns but found she liked the XD the most. The trooper told me he had never seen a better "natural" shooter in his life. Anyway's, the XD45C is very easy to shoot.