I have the Kimber Pro Carry II - full size frame, 4.25" barrel. Initially, it has a few FTF and FTE's, but the problem was two fold.
1. I needed to lube it better prior to my first shooting.
2. Needed to learn how to properly grip and fire the .45. I was used to rifles and this is my first pistol, let alone a .45. I was limpwristing it BAD! Once I got a better stance and grip, I have had ZERO issues with it since about the 150th round. I only have about 350 through it now, but zero problems, unlike prior to the first 3 boxes.
I am using the Winchester White box .45 ACP from WallyWorld when shooting.
While not really a compact, it feels smaller than the standard 1911 since it has the shorter barrel. The fullsize frame/grip fits my hand better than a compact's and makes it easier (for ME) to control. Have you tried shooting a compact vs a fullsize frame to see which works better for you? Having a compact may be well and good, but if you have a hard time using/controlling it, it won't do you much good.