I never realised there was such a difference until today. I shot two steel Springfields; one in a Compact model, and the other a Gvt. The Gvt. was a smooth, balanced, shove towards the wrist, while the Compact really snapped and spit some fire. I used CCI 230gr Blazers in both. As much as I liked the smaller 45 for carry, I shall make the compromise by carrying the extra weight and length from now on. I am much more accurate with the Gvt. platform. That little 45 was probably snappier than a 40SW round going off.