Info on alloy frames: the Beretta 92 (military version M9) was mass tested using hot NATO ammo and averaged over 30,000 rounds before requiring repair not available in the field.I considered myself pretty knowledgeable about most
manufacturers by recently found out that the Berettas
have alloy frames. Any information would be appreciated.
My wife shoots in the NAVY and many range M9 pistols have well over 100,000 rounds.
Anyway, as for your "compact" 9mm:
Have you handled a Browning HI-power? They are narrow and have a grip length about 3/4" shorter than a typical full sized 9mm. Easy to conceal, indestructable design.
For the record, before you buy a gun: ask yourself if you want to go the cheap route on the gun that will be saving your life.