Originally Posted by ScottG
Makarov.com recommends a heavier spring to reduce recoil, it might be the same for any of the "lesser" semi-autos....
That's exactly the wrong advice. You want a lighter spring. The amount of reward momentem is going to be the same either way but the slide slams shut harder with a heavier spring and the harder it shuts, the more the muzzle will dip. The caveat to a lighter spring is it may be a bad idea for a self defence gun and if you go too light, it will beat up your frame.
The only thing that is going to make the recoil less apparent is shooting less powerful ammo, using heavier bullets which doesn't change the overall recoil it just spreads it out over a longer time (millisecond or two), or add weight to the gun.
Having said all that, have a skilled instructor make sure sure stance and grip is correct and shoot 10,000 rounds. After that, you won't even notice recoil!