On the plus side, the gun was lightweight. Unloaded, the G17 weighs about 22 ounces. Compare that to a 1911A1 that weighs 34 ounces, or a S&W Model 59 that weighs 30 ounces. Capacity is another advantage. The 1911A1 has a 7+1 round capacity, the S&W Model 59 has a 14+1 round capacity, and the G17 has a 17+1 round capacity. Lightweight, a high capacity, and a price tag of $300? That’s easy math. The G17 was inexpensive, but it did not perform like an inexpensive gun.