I've got the FNS long slide in .40. And I had an M&P in .40. I liked the M&P, but the round would jam into the bottom of the feed ramp on rare occasions, but enough to sell it. The recoil on the FNS .40 long slide is as good as you'll find. The low bore axis combined with the stiff springs makes for a soft recoiling .40. It's a little more than a 9mm with plus p ammo I'd say. It's a pistol you can rapid fire. I had the feed ramp o mine ever so slightly shaved at the bore and polished for a little smoother feeding. But even before doing that, it's never missed a beat. I'm guessing about 2000 rounds thru it. It really is noticeably lighter recoil on the potent self defense loads. Also, for what it's worth, it has passed submersion test...bottom of the water bucket, pulled out and fired flawlessly, about ten times in a row. I can only say I highly recommend it. It's my go to gun, and is sitting at my right side as I type this post.