With the correct grips, the 642 is not an awful gun to shoot. The rubber factory grips handle much of the recoil, but are a bit 'sticky' for pocket carry. The Hogue mono grip probably makes it feel like a full sized gun, but mostly eliminates the ability to pocket carry. The best solution I have found is a set of magna grips (still being sold by s&w) and a t-grip (still being sold at t-grips.com) gives you reasonable shooting comfort, good recoil management, and decent control. This is my pocket carry solution, which is the whole point of this gun.