do. A fully supported barrel lets a 7.8" long, 28 oz lw commander get a 230 gr swc to 1200 fps, if you want to put up with the recoil. The .44 special can't touch such performance, in the same size gun (much less be as controlable in the same WT gun).
between a POCKET gun and a belt gun. NO .44 special is a POCKET gun, dummy. The whole POINT of chopping the star is to make it POCKETABLE, dummy. NOTHING you can do to a 1911 makes it a pants pocket gun, dummy. It STAYS .5" too long for such use, both the butt and the slide.