Springfield has some pretty neat compact, subcompact 1911 style pistols. They also put out the EMP in 9 and .40 short and weak, the barell I believe is about three inches and it's very narrow.
Then there is Sprinfield XD Line.
There are guys that swear by their Kahr and Kel-Tec on this site, but I haven't handled either one.
A snubbie would be good also.