I have a H&K USPc in .40 S&W. I shoot primarily 165 grain Winchester Ranger HP ammo in it for serious use, a 180 grain reload for practice and such.
The recoil is noticed and certainly messes up the sight picture, but it isn't abusive in my thinking. I've qualified with it without problem (except for my knees and the kneeling position). I do not consider this combination to be a heavy recoil gun. It is in the upper end of moderate, but nothing like a full charge .44 Magnum or .357 Magnum.
For the longest time I thought this combination had less recoil, being a lighter weight bullet and all than my Colt Commender (lw) in .45 ACP. Then I had both at the range and compared the two. Shot one after the other. The HK has - I think - a bit more recoil. It is 'faster', as the recoil happens faster due to velocity of projectile. The difference isn't much and neither of the two bother me.
If you can shoot a .45 ACP pistol with hardball, this one shouldn't intimidate you.