Beautiful gun! That's not an entry level rifle, with its pretty receiver and that pivot mount! I think you are really going to like it. I recently purchased a Merkel 140 too. I am sure you are wondering about the recoil - you will certainly know you pulled the trigger, but it won't hurt you. I recommend using sticks at the range. Its recoil is, to me, less then my 9lb 375 Ruger.