My mark 23 arrived at my FFL today and my first impressions are good so far. While large, it is not exceedingly heavy. The grip for me is not too large, a bit larger than my USPf 45. Geez, size wise Colin noir said it best when he said it looks like robocop's backup off duty gun! For me I got this for target shooting. Double action is HEAVY, single action feels great. I'm happy HK provided a thread protector. 3 of my friends jumped on the buds deal and bought one too, so we are planning on going to the range tonight.