Para Lite Hawg 9, nice size, single action and steel frame. I'm leaning towards this but does anyone have one of the Hawg models? Any opinions on this one?
I do not have the 9mm, but I do have a number of Para Ord handguns, and among them is a P10-45 which is in the "Hawg" lineup, only among the first of the breed. I really like having a small package packed with 10 .45 cal rounds. If the need arises this little guy could really adjourn the meeting.
I too prefer the all steel frames if I can get them, but some designs only come in alloy and I do have a number of alloy frames as a result.
Anyway, I like the Hawg, but for me it did have one flaw right out of the box, and that was grip size. I have large hands and the grip was small enough that I could only get a three finger grip on it. The Hawg could use the magazines from some of the larger Para pistols which could provide a handle, but not a very attractive one. Then Para came out with grip extension replacement magazine bottoms. These little jewels largely solved the problem.
The only other issue is finding good leather for the Hawgs. Tucker Leather (see link at the top of this page) made me up a holster that works very well based on a cut down version of a Para holster for a larger model.
I have had good luck withPara Ordinance and their products. Of course everyones mileage may vary.
Have you considered the compact EAA witness lineup? They are not a 1911 design, as they are CZ copies, but they are very good. The Compact Witness carries 12 rounds, all steel frame, single or double action first shot, can be carried cocked and locked, and they have a nice grip for most hand sizes. The EAAs are also less expensive than some other options. Just a thought.