Glock 36 is the only Glock that I really liked shooting. It's their only single stack model so maybe that had something to do with it.
My smallest carry piece is a Springfield EMP. It's a 1911 designed around the 9mm, rather than a 1911 shimmed for the 9mm. It's a great carry piece.
I've shot a 26 in .40 and it was pretty snappy. Same with the CZ Rami in .40
Have you looked at the XD Subcompacts? They come in 9mm, .40 and 357SIG. It comes with the smaller 10rd mag, but also a fullsize magazine for larger capacity.