Take a look at the Walther PK380. It's not as small as the Ruger LCP or Taurus TCP, or any of the other micro 380s that have become popular. But it's still small enough for pocket carry. The added size will help with the recoil and follow up shots and it has better sights than the smaller guns too. They run about $350
There are many things in life that are out of my control. Recoil isn't one of them.