Compared to the Cyclone it's super quiet with very little recoil, very much like the Desert Stryker but slower. Good solid feel with OK trigger. Only negative for me is the heavy weight. I think Horton will do well with the bow. I don't like the 17" arrows and the scope just reinforces my thoughts that there is a definite need for quality crossbow scopes that IMO don't exist today. Recon's build quality is top notch.