I love this little gun. It's both versatile and loud - really loud. Recoil is not near as bad as I would have thought. It is both fun to shoot and loud. I actually use push-in foam earplugs and the over the ear cup muffs when I shoot it because it's so loud. Do not shoot it without hearing protection. The CCI rat shot is very underwhelming for snakes - go with #9 or #8 .410 shot shells. Matter of fact, this really isn't a good snake gun. Like someone said, get a longer barrelled single shot .410.