Originally Posted by Bilbo Bagins
The loaded weight between the G17 and G23 is not much. The G23 is only an ounce lighter.
The PITA is the size. A full size service pistol needs to be carried on the hip, and it will just get in the way when your gutting and hauling. Compacts and subcompacts are just more comfortable to carry.
G17 Length 8.03" , height 5.43"
G23 Length 7.3", Height 5.00"
That makes good sense. Now I understand.