Is the "Feel" of a handgun over rated?

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    I don't think feel is overrated. Of course reliability is a given. But once you zero in on a particular class of pistol in terms of caliber and size, how well the gun fits your hand is going to make a large difference in how well you will be able to control the trigger. I think one of the reasons I shoot my M&P better than my HK USP is that I belatedly realized that the USP is probably too big for my hands.

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    I've held very few guns that didn't "feel" comfortable and to me those particular guns would be my last choice but from one gun to another I don't really notice much comfort difference. I do prefer bigger guns because they "fit" my big hands better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bklynboy View Post
    I don't think feel is overrated. Of course reliability is a given. But once you zero in on a particular class of pistol in terms of caliber and size, how well the gun fits your hand is going to make a large difference in how well you will be able to control the trigger. I think one of the reasons I shoot my M&P better than my HK USP is that I belatedly realized that the USP is probably too big for my hands.
    Excellent point, Once you are in the same class of handguns, then feel is very important. I think that sometimes that's not fully conveyed to new shooters.

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    The "feel" is overrated IMO. However is extreme cases example: Glock vs. Single action revolver the grip changes will matter to the person. I think the grip angle and size don't matter much unless someone cannot reach the controls.
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    Feel is important but not more so than reliability. I think you can become comfortable with just about anything if you shoot it enough but there is something to be said for something like a CZ75 that just seems to fit perfectly right out of the box....inspires confidence for sure.

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    Feel is important to me, that's why I don't own a Glock. I consider the Glock 19 one of the best all around pistols for concealed carry, and I recommend it to people who are looking at buying a first pistol, but I don't own one because it doesn't "feel" right in my hand. It is an easy gun to become proficient with, but it doesn't "feel" right in my hand.

    Most revolvers feel nice in my hand, a S&W 669, 39 or a CZ-75c or the new M&P S&W pistols. I also prefer metal over polymer.
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    I think since you've posted this in a very gun friendly place "feel" is not over rated. Speaking for myself, when I get down to "feel" I have already narrowed the seach to point only which feels best is all that is left.

    I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone on this forum who purchased mostly on "feel".

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3wggl View Post
    Feel is important but not more so than reliability. I think you can become comfortable with just about anything if you shoot it enough
    Bingo!!! There's MY answer...Therefore I voted Yes.
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    The "feel" of a gun probably wouldn't be as important if there were only a few to choose from; beggars can't be choosers. There are so many choices in so many platforms and calibers that you can be more picky with what you learn to shoot proficiently with, or carry regularly. If there are a dozen options that meet my requirements for a 9mm, why wouldn't I choose one that feels better in my hand? The feel of a gun isn't everything, but to take the truck analogy a step further, why wouldn't you want a truck with the most comfortable seats if everything else is comparable to the other trucks you've looked at?

    Overrated? Perhaps, but I believe with so many choices, it can be a big determining factor. Especially since it has more practical applications than comfort, as stated by others.
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    For me.....I learn to LOVE the feel if the gun does everything else I need it to....

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    I compare this same thing to motorcycles. I see so many people when looking at motorcycles sit on the seat with their feet on the ground and say "Oh wow this feels good" but when I straddle the front wheel for support and have them put their feet up on the pegs to simulate a riding position many opinions change. Riding can be a great stress reliever and gives me a comforting effect but if the bike does not feel right or fit you, your are going to have to fight it while riding and believe me when I say if you try to fight an 850 pound Harley the Harley will win every time.
    That is a GREAT analogy…

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    I remember years ago I was looking at a mod on a Custom 1911. I asked the gunsmith if he thought the mod really helped. This is what he said:

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    The "feel" is a handgun is, IMHO, vital to the effective shooting of that handgun by its operator. A lot of guitars can look alike, almost identical, yet a musician is happiest when he (she) finds that hard to objectify, magic ONE that seems directly connected to their musical soul. Same thing with hats. You can scour the catalogues, read the reviews, ask people who've bought & worn one. But until you actually get the right one on top of your own head, it's all just cheap advice & hearsay. It's tough enough to become a proficient (much less an expert) pistolero without having to first fit yourself to your gun. The process is considerably more simple when you start with a pistol that fits YOU.
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    More great analogies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRM View Post

    "If the shooter thinks it helps, it helps." - Jim Clark, Sr.
    And That's the fact
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