Did you know that a handgun that is about the size, and weight, as a deck of playing cards does not do a good job of absorbing recoil? Even in very small calibers? Heh heh heh. I fondly recall the first time my dad discharged a round from his Taurus .380 pocket pistol and barely kept the thing in his hands and said, with a slight tremor in his voice "Son of a b****." For the record, my dad usually has an extremely clean mouth, but he wasn't quite expecting that. It wasn't terribly unlike the Noisy Cricket in Men In Black.
Ahhhh, the simple joys of gunpowder, do you never cease to amaze?