There will be certain guns from any 1911 manufacturer that won't feed all kinds of hollow points.
The term "Compact" has a specific meaning for 1911s. It means a three inch barrel and a shorter grip frame (one less round). Colt Defenders/New Agents probably have the best reputation for feeding in a short barreled 1911. Not sure where your wife carries, but most guys can carry a Commander length barrel (4.25 inches) which would widen the field a bit.
Jim's Rules of Carry: 1. Any gun is better than no gun. 2. A gun that is reliable is better than a gun that is not. 3. A hole in the right place is better than a hole in the wrong place. 4. A bigger hole is a better hole.
no guns = might makes right