A BKS Starlite was my first CCW piece (yes, it was way before there was such a thing as a CCW License). It was super light, very accurate and totally reliable. I bead blasted the easily marked aluminum frame and trimmed down one of the early Pachmayr grip sets to fit it.
It was sort of the Keltec PF9 of it's day except in the Browning design.
Above is based on the opinion of a 20 year Small Arms Marksmanship and Training Unit USAF instructor with more than 30 years in competitive shooting sports. Your mileage may vary.