no more than an alloy Commander that has been fitted with a steel mainspring housing and a steel ducktail grip safety. The latter weighs 30 ozs. Colt LIES about the lwc being only 26 ozs. It's 27 ozs, fitted with the SHORT tang grip safety. Fill it with 9 rds of 230gr ammo, that adds 6 ozs, too. The P35, full of 147 gr 9mm (ie, 14 rds) weighs 40 ozs. 9 rds of 90 gr jhp's only adds 3 ozs to the BM's 30 ozs. Many "think' that the 147 gr load is the way to go, and nobody carries a double stack mag loaded with less than full capacity. It's the TOTAL wt of gun and ammo that you HAVE to lug around, so that's what COUNTS when evaluating how 'light" or heavy the pistol is. So Guys are FOS when they claim that the Star BM is "heavy". It's a good, solid wt for a 9mm, making it very controlable indeed in rapidfire, given its compact size.