Well, I have been on here for years saying pistol grips are history, I myself have bought the Snapper Loop steering mowers, Exmark w/ ECS, and Bunton w/ Z controls. But I demoed a Lesco with pistols the other day, and they are light as a feather! Have pistols been getting lighter and lighter without much fanfare, or what? I'm actually considering going back to them. My only problem would be hitting trees/obstacles with my hands. That would be more than madee up for though, with the ability to push the mower down easier to climb curbs/mulch piles of leaves. I also want to demo a Scag w/ pistols. I have loved my older Scags - I would always get perfect turns (no divots, perfect balance on the maching) with my Scag hydro wb -- it's just that in the past one had to be Hercules to operate the controls all day long. But if they are now as light as the Lesco, I may get one next year. As a matter of fact, in a Scag brochure a few years back, in the WB section, they mentioned that while other manufacturers were pushing mowers with newly styled controls, Scag would keep offering and improving upon standard pistol grips.