I have a Dan Wesson CBOB that I would be happy to let you examine. This is an all steel, factory bobtail. Mine wears smooth grips and has been Cerakoted. Those changes aside, it's bone stock.
Your are wise to see how a bobtail feels before making up your mind. I was surprised to find my palm rolls under the bobtailed frame when executing a mag change; it stops the released mag from free falling. It doesn't happen with the full length frame and I have had to adjust my technique when ejecting a magazine to address the issue. Your hand may be different. Since the bobtail was designed to facilitate concealment, I think it is more appropriate on an alloy frame. I have thought about having my aluminum Kimber Pro Carry bobtailed but, to be honest, I don't find the full size weapon difficult to conceal with the proper holster. I am in Rowlett and can meet you if you like. Just email me at email@example.com. God bless.
For what it's worth, Chuck Rogers uses that almost exclusively on his customs. And some of his guns go to some brutal environments.BTW, how do you like the Cerakote? After these frame mods I'm going to refinish, at least to a parkerized finish (currently matte blue) and am considering a Cerakote over Park.