idaho and pushharder,
I agree. That was a shit statement. I am even more scared that it was made by someone who has consultant or spokesman in his title. Avoiding "knock down power" is always a good rule when trying to not sound stupid.
I will note the same article has Jeff Gonzales disagrreing with Weber and stating
I agree about the ease of concealment. That can be a factor depending on dress requirements.
Evidently I fall into that group. As a male. So go me.
My hands are small enough that I see an improvement in scores, most notably when shooting single handed, or god help us all support side only with a Gen 4 Glock vs a Gen 3. With the Gen 3 I sometimes get the "down and to the opposite side" movement. I spent a lot of time with a Glock 17 and a SIRT trainer pinning this down and I think it has to do with my trigger finger either rubbing on the frame during firing or my need to C-clamp the grip/have only my thumb on the backstrap to prevent it. My Gen 4 glocks are much better.
From your list I will also note that me and a Beretta 92 is an instant shit show. I need that gun to have a smaller grip in the worst way. The few I have fired had me having to start the double action pull with the tip of my finger, which was not conducive to accuracy. Also my thumb is not long enough to hit the slide mounted safety with a master grip. I don';t have enough experience with Sigs to know but those seemed pretty "small hand" and "lefty" friendly for DA/SA. CZ's are awesome except the trigger reach in double action in most 75 and 85's. 1911's are awesome for small hands. Seriously, if the issue is just "small hands" than single stack 1911 is a really good answer. S&W MP's are better than glock for small hands and I really like the .40 models.
Now, let me be clear. If "never an issue" just means getting a passing grade to POST or a lot of institutional standards than I agree. If we are talking about shooting to a level where any kind of confidence is appropriate than my statement stands.
I think you may have been going a bit into hyperbole here. I agree the 26 is a fantastic gun, and punches well above its weight class and "footprint". I am however sympathetic to the times when "dress around the gun" is not easily accomplished.
I wrote before the first issue is
Tuck in your shirt and don't look like a slob.-This could be regional, but here in the Northeast/East Coast there is a big difference in professionalism/respectability tucked in vs untucked. That smothers my preferred method of carrying a "real gun" in its crib most of the time. I have tuckable holsters, but they often require being a bit baggy/liberal with shirt blousing. Which is to be considered sloppy.
Just wear a jacket and keep it on. You aren't a fucking kid.-This is actually a really good solution. If it works. A suit jacket or a sport coat is a great concealment option. Unfortunately I have been in too many rooms where "taking the jackets off, rolling up the sleeves, and getting to work" are literal and not figurative. Being the one with your jacket on calls a bunch of attention in such situations and that greatly increases the chances of getting made. If that matters. If it doesn't than who cares. Also, AC issues and really high humidity have been common and sweating both makes cover garments stick to your body and outline guns and flop sweat breaks the first point.
About that suit What counts as dressed up? I know idaho has travelled enough that he is familiar in the huge difference between the American/Potato sack style cut of a suit and a British or Italian cut suit. For others, we wear suits that look like shit. They are baggy. They hide bulges, fat or steel, well. That isn't really "looking sharp" though. It also may not "conceal" if fitting in is important. The same suit that hides a service pistol just fine and lets you blend in with branch managers of banks or hospitalists may itself garner more attention than a bulge at a table were the average salary is mid six figures and up. Those aren't my waters, but they are what some people swim in.
I can hide X, Y, ZYou probably can. That is awesome. But let's be on the same page as to what we mean by "hide". Is it just wear it around, because I saw a guy open carrying a Highpoint the other day. He had an untucked t-shirt purposefully pulled around the gun so it was visible. He was wearing his gun just fine. It wasn't concealed though. How much printing or "outline" are we willing to accept? Do I have to be invisible to an experienced LEO like you or mapwhap? Is it a "beat casual glances" level of concealment, or is it a "no bulge or clip that will get asked about as I go about my day around the SAME people for the next several years". Because co-workers are fucking brutal at noticing things. Especially women. They will notice a bulge or clip. They will ask loud enough that people look. They will also reach and point towards it. While on the subject of day to day...
What are we doingSome jobs are more "physical" than others. If you are climbing all over shit, in full view of the public than your "concealed" might take a good bit more doing than a just walking and sitting day/evening. If you are climbing over people, medical professionals, certain security, etc., than even more so.
How much attention in general are we trying to draw?-Is this a conceal the gun, but it is ok to get made as security type of affair? I think we have all seen plenty of professionals who were "concealed", but everyone marked them as being somewhere on the "bad ass" scale. Is the goal to be purely "Grey Man" and garner no attention from bystanders, criminals, LEO's? Harder to do than the first, but acceptable. This is my "off work" default, but it is the exact opposite of "dress to impress". It is dress to leave no memory or impression. It is wholly unsuitable for business or dating. What if you are trying to conceal a hangun AND hold people's undivided attention? We have just described a huge number of sales/service rep/management jobs. Or anyone interested in not sleeping, or sweating, alone.
Now, as a whole I agree with the "carry a real gun" mantra. I bought a Glock 26 specifically to increase the percentage of the time I can carry a decent firearm on me. Still, I understand how "need something smaller" fits into people's lives. Once we do need something smaller, reducing power may be needed just so that actually placing the rounds can be achieved. I know this is like paying double freight. The small gun is harder to hit with AND it hits less effectively. Unfortunately, that is often the better option than painful to shoot. What I mean there shoot full house magnums from a scandium frame S&W. All of a sudden target wadcutters seem like a good idea, and if wadcutters in a .38 are solution, than perhaps .380 is as well.
I am not trying to be argumentative, but I think the above needed to be stated for completeness. Did this make sense?