I own several different snubby pistols, one in .357, one in .38, and one in .32 H& R Mag, plus my M445 .44 spec, Titanium, ported. Of all of them, the .357 is the worst for recoil, with the H&R Mag running a close second. Both of these are steel pistols, weighing well up around 30 oz or so empty. The Titanium at 18.7 oz, but due to its ribber grip, and being ported is much less brutal to fire than most, using a 200 grain JHP bullet at advertised 1000 fps. I do not have access to a chronagraph to know what has been lost via the 2 in brl, but it is more a long boom, and a hard shove, versus a quick, panful rap. I have fired it one handed, weak handed, but usually work with a two hand grip and stance, with no unusual aches or pains after a box of fifty, and some times more. Now, after several years of using this on a open range, I had occasion to fire in dim light situation, and learned the ported brl has disadvantages as well. I had tucked my strong hand tight into my gut, and fired with a blinding sheet of fire in front of my face, and while it did not burn me, I lost my hat, and my glasses were askew. If another fast shot had of been required, NO, I was not capable of getting off a well aimed second shot. After that eye opening expierence, I regained my composure, and as the dusk took over, fired several more cylinder full of .44 special. With the standard full extended arms, 2 handed grip, the ports did not seem to put out the sheet of flame I'd first been startled with, but there was a definate plume of flame leaving the ports in two different directions. With dim light, it did not blind me, but in full darkness, I'm sure it would have. While I love this light, big bore, I'm now having second thoughts as a great personal defense weapon, as it seems most times requiring such, is well after dark. Am considering attempting to thread the round ports, and possibly block them off with a threaded plug, and see if I can still hang onto it. Just thought I should post this, as it also surprised me.