Good info guys...I recently sold my Colt 90 Double Eagle Officers model and was thinking about another "compact" 45...I'm rethinking it
I really like the Commander sized 1911's. I have an old 1991 Officer's Model, which started out as being pretty reliable. It didn't stay that way long, and even changing the recoil spring and different magazines didn't fix it. Could never really diagnose the problem, so it just sits in my safe. I won't trade or sell a handgun made
for defensive carry that is fatally flawed. Luckily, it has only happened to me once.
The Commander sized guns I've had have all run well. Springfield, Kimber and Colt. The lightweight Colt Commander is now my daily duty and off duty gun, it carries so well.
The gun manufacturers seem to sell a whole lot of the Officer's size (3" bbl's) so folks like them. They might have solved all of the inherent problems in making the guns with such short slides and fast cycling times work well in the last 10 years or so. I just don't have any personal experience with them.