I had to have a 3" mouse 45 ACP so I got me a Colt Defender. Oops, thought I had made a big mistake!
First I thought I should have got the Detonics Combat Master, then lamented that I by-passed my mantra of get a Combat Commander w/4.25 barrel.
Couldn't get on paper at 10m, had numerous FTF & FTE issues and felt noobie hopeless my first two outings. Then a range officer ask me if this was my first time to shoot an ultra? Yep and then began my lesson on shooting a mouse gun!
Bottom line, the 3" 45 ACP DOES NOT SHOOT
like a 1911!
It takes some change and if you've never limp-wristed a hand gun before you may just be like me and find yourself a tad light in the loafers when shooting one!
I know, I know, just answer the question cane.
YES, I initially found the compact/ultra 1911 a difficult pistol to hold, but like the shooting/accuracy issue, easy to overcome.
Here's how I overcame the length problem, make it fit;
The addition of a Smith & Alexander arched MSH w/mag-guide. This forces the hand high into the grip safety and behind the barrel. Oh yea, not to mention the additional length.
Then get yourself a couple of Tripp Research 8 round Cobra Mags. The extra length provides your pinkie a place to grip/rest resulting in a sure purchase of the compact/ultra. Tripp Research, Inc.
(877) 837-9445 and ask for Aaron.
Plus the extra round gives me 8 + 1 Hornady 45 ACP+P 230 gr HP XTP® TAP® FPD™