As the article correctly stated, the 40 S&W was originally designed around a 180 gr. bullet @ ~950 fps
Compared to some of the lighter bullet loads, the standard 180 gr. may produce less recoil, advantageous for control / follow up shots especially out of compact pistols.
All of this data is based on an average of at least 5 shots from a Glock 27
Harder kicking 40 S&W loads:
Glock 27: Ranger T 165. @ 1,116 fps = PF 184
Glock 27: Speer Gold Dot 155 @ 1,171 fps = PF 182
Glock 27: Cor-Bon 135 JHP @ 1,332 fps = PF 180
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"Softer" kicking 40 S&W loads:
Glock 27: Remington 180 HP @ 945 fps = PF 170
Glock 27: Remington 165 GS @ 1,018 fps = PF 168
Glock 27: Federal 180 gr. HST @ 930 fps = PF 167
Glock 27: Federal 155 gr. HS @ 1,072 fps = PF 166
PF = power factor and it is useful for quantifying recoil out of same size pistols.
Bullet weight x bullet speed / 1,000 = PF
I have shot plenty of 180 gr. 40 S&W ammo and never had a problem, have 180 gr. HST in my 27 now.
Regardless of bullet weight, don't chamber the same round multiple times - avoid set-back.
Criminals and psychos are mobile and my show up in "good" areas unexpectedly, carry accordingly.
Carry the gun you would you would prefer to defend your life with, in the off chance you have to.