I own a couple of PF-9s and several P3ATs. I also own some Mustang PocketLite Colts and a Walther PPK and have shot one of the little Diamondback .380s. Recoil is a very subjective thing, but here are my impressions: The PF-9 is snappier than any .380 I've ever shot, but no less comfortable to shoot than a P3AT. To me, the Diamondback has a little less felt recoil, and the Mustangs have a LOT less. The PPK is big and heavy enough that it has less recoil, but as a blowback, it has more than one might expect in a gun of its weight. None of these guns is much fun to shoot extensively on the range, but none of them are going to hurt the shooter like a truly hard-recoiling gun can; say, a .454 Casull.