The one I fired already has a recoil pad on the stock , there are versions without the recoil pad I believe , but I'm not certain .
Its just such a short barrel and I was only firing 410 - 3" magnums , still a lot of felt recoil . It may be much better with the 45-LC I'm certain , but I wanted it for a house protection shotgun that wasn't a cut down barrel standard shotgun .
Small and easy to swing around is what I was after , kind of like a coach gun .
Don't get me wrong , I bought it with only one purpose in mind , blast a home invader with buckshot while still half asleep .