I've been carrying my M&P Shield for a while now due to it's thinness and easy of carry here in Mississippi and I love my Shield. Took a few guns out to the range this past weekend and one of them happened to be my neglected Glock 26 Gen 4. As soon as I started shooting it, I was thinking to myself, "Why did I stop carrying you?". After the first mag or two, I quickly realized why I bought the gun in the first place.....As an awesome carry option.
The thing is dead-nuts accurate and the felt recoil is almost non-existent. It's just one of those guns that always works and works well. I've been carrying it since that range session and feel very confident in it's reliability and my ability with it. I honestly find it very easy to carry OWB under an un-tucked short. Though the grip is beefier than the Shield, it still felt extremely comfortable in my hand and I've never been concerned or bothered by the pinky resting under the mag floor plate.
Anyway, if you're like me and you were kind of "iffy" on the previous Glocks, give the gen 4's a try. I'm not a brand snob in anyway as I own Glock, S&W, Ruger and Springfield pistols. I think each manufacturer has its pros and cons and that's the reason I like to have a variety. But I have to say, the Glock 26 is tough to beat and may be one of Glock's finest......right along side my 19.