Some could likely give a more full assesment, but I have a mid-sized .40 cal semi-auto, it's an old Astra A-75, which is one heck of a nice pistol and quite heavy for it's size.
To me the recoil of it is more than that of the full size 1911 in .45. It's not bad but it is snappy.
I fired a Glock full size a couple of days ago in .40 and it was not as bad as my .40. In fact about equal qith a 1911 or maybe a bit less.
That's all I know.