No better or worse than the slide closing on a pistol or an AR going into battery, IMO. Bodyguard? Hell no, that thing is a pile of steaming dog crap. You'd be much better off with a Sig P320 or similar if it's a nightstand gun. If you're carrying it, I still wouldn't buy a Bodyguard. Come visit at Arnzen, we'll go over options with you and get you set up and ready to roll. Do you have a permit to purchase or carry yet? If not, it's not a bad idea to go to the local PD and get that ball rolling as well so you're ready to purchase once you decide which is the best fit for you and your situation.