I would like your post for some of the content, but don't want it held against me for the rest.
Forgot about the 239. That was also a nice sized gun.
I assume the same as you: most don't carry, so why not get moar boolits when side by side at the gun store. But I feel the market is slowly changing and light/small is getting more mainstream. A big Shield or "39xx" M&P would be something I might have to buy.