I was out shooting my G23 today and a new shooter I hadn't seen before sets up beside me. He had been out of shooting for quite a number of years and purchased a brand new Springfield XD/M pistol in 9mm. First time to shoot it was today. So, I'm blasting away with my .40 and notice he doesn't have a good grip. We talk, he corrects it, changes the palm swell and isn't doing too bad. After a while he ask if I'd like to try it out. We change guns and something amazing happened. My groups tend to be about six inches across counting the more independent rounds. It's a little hard for these eyes to see the sights well. But this isn't really bad shooting. I pull up the XD crank off about five rounds not concentrating on super accuracy but trying to get a feel for the gun and all the rounds punch holes in the orange center 10 ring. Whoa, I thought. He comments on the G23's recoil and we trade back. I'm going to keep my Glock. I like it and am learning to handle it well. It's reliability is legend. I was simply amazed at the XD/M 9's almost lack of recoil and it's accuracy. The sights are great and the gun was a dream to shoot. I know that I'm shooting .40 in a compact and the XD/m is 9mm and full size, but having shot my fair share of G17 ammo my "perception" from memory is that the Springfield kicks half as much. This gun at least (with factory standard target grade barrel) simply knocked my socks off.