I just purchased a brand new S&W Compact ES (CCO size; Commander length slide & barrel on a lightweight Officer's frame). It is my first compact 1911 (have only owned government size before).
There is a gap between the front of the frame and the dust cover area of the slide. This may be perfectly normal, but my full-size 1911 does not have this gap, so it concerned me a little. See photo:
Is this normal for a CCO size 1911?
I'll be posting a review of it's fit and finish shortly, and a range report after this weekend.