MyGen 4 G23 was my first pistol, and I don't think the recoil is bad at all. It is difficult to say how you will perceive it because it really is subjective. I am not sure if the recoil spring in mine was replaced but it is a dual coil spring. I have never had an issue with mine, and I have put about 1500 rounds through it since I got it in Nov. I agree that the 23 is perfect for CCW, if you are looking for a Glock I think you will be pleased with the G23. I am looking at a G27 for my next pistol. Something a little smaller for those shorts and T-shirt days in the summer.