The muzzle flash produced (by the .380 I've tried) may add to the percieved recoil. It seems -- according to Stephen's chrony results -- that Fiocchi 9.2x18 is only marginally faster than most, if at all.
By way of comparison, Barnaul (aside from being stinky
) is "sparky" and a little bit smoky; unlike Fiocchi, which produced for me no less than a 4" saber of flame from the muzzle of Cheetah.
But no. No. The felt recoil was noticable higher with Fiocchi. Definately. I can't explain it, as they use the typical 95 grain FMJ (for .380).
I will say that it is acceptably accurate and I do carry it during the winter months (right now). I have 2 lone boxes (100 rounds) left, which I guard jealously and call My Precious. I should be extremely displeased if some ne'erdowell forced me to expend them.