Weight and length of the weapon along with caliber will affect recoil. There are several good 1911 models on the market now. Price may influence your decision in choosing a 1911. I shoot Kimber 1911's. Springfield, Colt, Sig among others all make excellent 1911's. If a composite non 1911 gun is on your mind, look at the Glock 30 or 36. They are both 45 acp shooters. The difference in the two is that the G30 holds more ammo than the G36. The G36 is a slimmer version of Glock's 45 acp's. Hope that I have given you a starting place.