My Wilson Stealth has a 2 piece guide rod which makes take down easier. All you need is an allen wrench and it eliminates the need for the take down pin procedure. The Stealth is the same size as the compact...4 inch barrel.
"All you need is an allen wrench and it eliminates the need for the take down pin procedure."
So instead of a paper clip (or any piece of wire, or even a small allen wrench) you now need the right-sized allen wrench.
How is this an improvement? The take-down pin makes it pretty darn fast to take the thing apart. Much faster than monkeying with a tight barrel bushing like on my other 1911. IF I have a paper clip handy that is.
It seems that changing the spring out is a whole lot easier with a 2 piece rod, from what I have read. But I have yet to try it with the pin system, so I can't say for sure. It is pretty simple with the 2 piece rod though....