Upon reflection, it makes so much more sense to me.
Why would one, in this day and age of superlight pocket pistols, carry a medium-small pistol that was extremely heavy? I've long said that weight is one of the biggest considerations to picking a carry pistol.
(Well, you know, besides the fact that they might be reliable and accurate and serve perfectly well.)
A very good answer to this question might well be: Because you are a very small person yourself, and the good honest steel helps attenuate the recoil of a little bitty gun in an intermediate caliber.
Being the biggest guy in the room with the smallest and lightest pistols on him, I joked about my online pal FarmGirl's guns being so heavy. Then she showed me her hands.
Damn, but she's tiny. And I'm, uh, not petite.
Photo stolen shamelessly from Old NFO.