Though hardly unmanageable, the little gun's kick is indeed a bit more than I'd hoped. The trigger, in a word, is abominable. In four words, it's totally off the scale. If I had to guess, I'd say it breaks at around 8 pounds. Although this probably has as much to do with the trigger as with the rifle's accuracy, the gun didn't group very well. And I have to admit that after a couple of hours at the range, I was beginning to reevaluate the importance of looks in a rifle.