If memory serves, I found it easier to rack the slide than work the miniaturized controls with my sausage fingers.
Plus, i wasn't carrying it for defense so much as varmint removal.
At the time we were having issues with woodchucks (and one skunk) under the barn, and the .22 short was pretty perfect for humanely putting down trapped animals. (my wife's joke was that while the trap might have a heart, I didn't)
si vis pacem para bellum