I have both a 26 and 27. I carry my 27 and 43 interchangeably from time to time. The 26 has always been one of my novelty range toys and not carried much. Obsolescence in this case is difficult to define. People still carry revolvers. The most common calibers and some of our most favorite firearms have been around well over a century. I know people that still carry black powder reproductions of revolvers dating back to as early as 1836, claiming them to be as effective as any modern handgun. None of the firearms mentioned in this thread have made the 26 obsolete, they're simply additional choices. Latest is not always greatest. Better or not, it's up to the individual.