Like many who always carry a pistol, guns of different types, shapes, and sizes tend to cycle through our inventory over the years. It is dependent upon a few things. For me, it was generally one of three, the first being the simple joy of trying something different. For years, the running joke at the police department was “Just wait a few weeks, the Lt. will try a different gun.”
Another reason was the state of my back at any given time. Sports and other physical endeavors have left a toll. Many suffer from back, shoulder or even hip injuries that can make a large pistol problematic. Smaller and lighter pistols can help to alleviate this, certainly in a concealed holster, but also in a duty rig.
Lastly was my move into the administrative world and the adoption of a suit and tie as my uniform. The need to conceal a combat pistol when restricted to a suit has plagued police administrators and businessmen alike for decades. For some, the pistol simply rides in the desk, protecting the pencils and paper clips. Another alternative is to go small. Unfortunately, this often results in carrying pistols that are inaccurate, unreliable and underpowered. Many times, officers and administrators show up with small and powerful pistols that keep the side of the barn and any likely suspect completely safe.