Well, what did ya think of the P99c?
I love 1911s too. But, they are heavier. And, compact ones tend to have a bit more problems than their larger brethren. The gun was originally designed for govt sized. When ya start tweaking sized and frame material, SOMETIMES (not all the time, before I get flamed), the small ones start having issues. Even in the name brands - Kimber, Springfield, etc...
Research it on your own, but I would feel that it would be "somewhat" of a crap shoot to buy a 1911 w/ less than a 4" barrel.
I carried a Glock 26 for 8 years simply because of the toughness of the finish and not having to worry about rust. I NEVER had to wipe that sucker down w/ oil on the outside. I only used a toothbrush to re-oil the rails about 1x a month. You'd have to be a bit more diligent w/ any other gun that doesn't have the tennifer finish.
Anyway, I'm not trying to dissuade you. But what you like