I think the first gun post I ever made was here asking the age old which 1911? That was several 1911's ago. The biggest thing that I remember was that Bac was one of the few who listened when I admitted that I'm a 5'2" female who wanted a 1911. Most of the guys offered some other type of gun. I've bought and sold a few have several and love them all. The problem is that every time I upgrade as my checking acct. will allow I'm able to discern the differences. These days I think steak is a good analogy. Sirloin tastes ok as long as you avoid the cowboy ribeye. Until yesterday I loved my Colt Defender. So my question is: Is it the same with compact 1911's? The Defender is the only one that I have ever shot. How does it compare to a Stinger or a Dan Wesson compact?