Some 380's can be pretty sharp due to their recoil operated mechanisms, and can require allot of effort to rack the slide, hence the beauty of the tip barrel Beretta's. Shooting a 92 (9mm) and a 96 (40s&w) side by side is quiet eye opening. The 40 has a pretty strong recoil impulse, IMO much more than a 9 or 45. I will say though this can be changed depending on the particular load. Try some Nylon Monogrips with some +P's and that SP101 will be a ***** cat.