I bought a Backup in 45ACP so I could be more flexible with my clothing choices and still carry. The backup fits in the pocket of all my jeans and only looks like a wad of keys. I have no excuse now not to carry, except when going to no carry zones.
Being left handed, I have found operating the barrel release lever easy with my left index finger. Extracting spent cartridges with my right hand and reloading with same hand is a breeze.
For me, recoil is stout but not painful. My wife fired one barrel, said ouch, and handed it back to me. I plan on buying a second barrel in 357/38 so she can try 38’s in it and also for cheap practice since I reload for 38. When I showed the Backup to my dad, who is a Vietnam Vet, his exact words were “Holy Sh-t!” He fired two rounds and said, “That will take some getting used to.”
It is comforting to know that I can carry the Backup in any attire, except for maybe a Speedo. (God didn’t bless me that well!) If I ever need to use my Backup, I hope that seeing the business end of two 45 barrels will persuade attackers to move on with no shots fired.