Years ago I realized that I was carrying around a Colt Officer's ACP that I had a lot of money invested in, and that I would just cry if it got lost, stolen, or confiscated. So I looked around, and bought whay was the first of the compact .40 calibers -- a Firestar. Although different internally, the controls are the same as a 1911. I liked it so much I bought a second one as backup. These are great little pistols, and generally under-rated by those who haven't fired on. Although they haven't been made in years, a used one is not hard to find. I cannot recommend them highly enough for a budget .40 caliber.