These are the small 45's that I can personally recommend.
1. Detonics Combat Master. I have an original but they are being made again. Con: they are a bit heavy but are one heck of a blunt tool if needed.
2. S&W MP 45C. We use one in the Seminar class and it has fired in excess of 1K rounds in the hands of newby students without a single problem.
3. HK 45C. One of my personnel Aces. These always work. period!!!!
4. XDs 45. Twofeathers carry gun, and she is a mean machine with this. Light but has recoil.
5. Colt LW Commander. The old baby that is a s beautiful as it is deadly.
Any of these will serve you well.
Officer's Model 1911. My Sig Ultra Nitron has been 100% into a couple thousand rounds now. I prefer it to the 4" S.A.'s which require a paper clip or tool to disassemble. I havent found a compact DA/SA .45 that I feel is made by a reliable brand though Sig has made what they call compact version's of the P series. Kinda big to me.
I'm loving my P220, but at 4.5" is not what I would call compact.
I like the XDM mod2 3.3", its a double stack 9+1.
The XD's as mentioned has quite a kick to it and being a single stack your 5+1.
The XD's is only .3" smaller, so is why I went with the mod2, slightly thicker but 9+1. in case I miss:hmmmm:
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