Just for experience with other short barrel (under 4").45's (Not a Nite Hawg) - I have not had or shot one that I would say is as dependable as a 5" 1911. I have had functioning issues with short barrel (under 4")1911's. Maybe it is just me or the way I hold them. I would suggest that you get more info from current short barrel owners. My personal choice is a full size 1911 or a Combat Commander (4" - 4 1/4") if you want compact.