I am looking for a compact to smaller full size
There were lots of recommendations for pocket pistols, but that's not really "compact to smaller full size". Taking the baby Glocks (and mids, like the excellent Glock 19 and Glock 23), out, I automatically default to Sig (my brand of preference) - in the used market you could definitely find Sig P228, P229 and P239 within your price range, and the polymers are priced even better (and a new may be in reach). The P220 compact is also an excellent choice in .45 ACP.
The P239 would be the ideal Sig for CC. The Kahrs, CM-9, CM-40, PM-9 and PM-40 would all be candidates, as would the M&P Shields. H&K USP compact might slip into your price range (or, again, like with the Sigs, you could go used market).
A pocket pistol that doesn't get nearly as much attention as it used to is the Seecamp LW, in .32 ACP. I'm just not as much a fan of the blowbacks as I used to be, as we have so many more choices of smaller platforms firing full power cartridges - though my Walter PPK (never should have traded it in) was the best pistol I ever shot, and I usually shot it one-handed.
This post was edited on 1/16 at 2:50 pm