I just bought the VP9 and love it! I wonder the same about a compact myself. I don't think there is a rhyme nor reason to when a maker produces a compact. Some offer them with the initial roll out, while others seem to lag a bit. The VP9 comes in right between the Glock 17 and 19 on size, but a little closer to the 17. It feels and shoots really great. The most impressive aspect is the trigger. It really is as good as billed. The recoil seems to be snappy when watching others shoot it, but it is very easy to get back on target when you're shooting it. It's a beast! Go on...getcha'peench!