I actually hated shooting mine. It feels like shooting a crowbar or something. I thought the recoil was snappy due to the weight and grip angle. They are nice little pistols overall though. I had a Italian Army proofed one, "RE" marked IIRC that I sold some time ago. I would like to find another.
As far as it being a popular North African trophy, that is believable.
Winchester 73, the TFL user that won the west