Been looking at both easing into the 9mm realm. Other than price (and maybe just a tad difference in quality), I cant really tell too much difference between the two as far as all of the attributes of a carry weapon goes. Little higher bore axis with the HK. When I bring up the 26 to shooting position, it shoots way high as I am used to shooting 1911s (I know it is only a training issue). I only belt carry OWB for the most part. Both take larger magazines from their larger versions. For some reason, the HK keeps pulling me back...lol. It will be a while in any case so I have plenty of time to make up my mind. Then there is always the shield .45...So many choices so little money!!!