Originally Posted by drvsafe
I know you're playing regarding the topic of size, but size does matter in a firearm. A very lightweight pistol will have a more harsh recoil than a heavier one. Also a heavier semi-auto would be difficult for a person of smaller stature to manipulate the slide.
I certainly [I]used[I] to agree with that statement, but the newer engineering of some guns has changed my mind about the correctness of that as a blanket statement. My wife's new 9 MM Boberg has far less recoil than any of the full sized 9 MMs I've shot. It may be the double springs or maybe the bullpup design or something else entirely.
I just switched from a Glock 36 to a Springfield Armory XDs and despite the lighter weight and smaller size, it seems
to have less recoil in the form of muzzle flip. The push back is not a problem for me, so the lesser muzzle flip many be influencing me subjectively.
As a number of people have already said, "Carry what you are comfortable with." and I certainly do not disagree with that. If the extra weight all day long is not a problem for someone, I don't see what difference it makes. I opt for the lighter weight because I see it as a benefit after carrying a Colt Commander around for years. I have been going progressively lighter and smaller for years which is how I ended up with the XDs I use now. For me, it certainly makes the Summer more enjoyable and less hassle, and better armed.
I no longer find myself choosing a Freedom Arms .22 or a Seecamp .25 or .380 instead of a .45 ACP just because I can't hide my gun under my polo shirt and shorts. I no longer have to buy clothing too large to cover a gun. That is enough reason for me to go smaller and lighter. If I dressed like my son does from time to time, it might be different, but I like trim fitting clothes and that is hard on the concealed carry of 1911s and a whole lot of other guns.