This is very helpful. I agree that having an unencumbered, purposeful, and focused, draw is more important than having a fast draw. That is, unless you can have both. And I don't think many people are expert in both areas.I cant tell anyone how important a fast draw may be but I can tell you how I look at it. I do not believe that anyone is trying to be slower but I wouldnt necessarily say that a "fast draw" is what I am going for. I want my draw to be unencumbered, purposeful, smooth and controlled. I endeavor to have a draw that is not bumbling and does not incorporate any unnecessary movement...Generally speaking, I do not consider "speed of draw" to be what most citizen self defense actions are likely to hinge upon.
That brings me back to my two carry guns - my single stack Ruger vs my double stack Beretta. I have to really be good to get the Beretta out of my pocket fast; but I can get the Ruger out of my pocket fast with little effort.
The key advantage I can see with the Beretta is that it is DA/SA - always ready to shoot without having to fiddle with the safety. On the other hand, the Ruger safety is easy to turn off. What I would love to have is a gun the size of my Ruger that is DA/SA. I'm looking at the Springfield XD-E, to see if it meets my needs - it is the one gun that I believe does, but I've never handled it, so I don't know for sure.
Not sure about a grip safety - I've never used one, so I don't know what to think about it. And I don't know if there is a 9mm single stack with a grip safety. That's something I need to research.
If you have shot the Ruger EC9S or LC9S, and you know of a gun that is just as reliable and just as small that is DA/SA or that has a grip safety, I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts about that gun.