Originally Posted by ScottA
But then you're adding a lot of recoil. Everything's a trade off.
my SA Micro Compact 45 has an aluminum frame and a stainless steel slide. 3" barrel. the recoil is different than my full size steel framed R1 1911 and my AC steel framed Commander, but it's not what i expected either. i expected much more recoil due to the weight and size. it's very easily controllable and not harsh by any means.
i agree that factoring in just the weight, as a rule, lighter weight pistols usually do have more felt recoil. but every pistol is going to be different.