Les Baer is using the AFS Slim-Tech's on his Thunder Ranch Special 1911 too. "Feel" is, of course, a very subjective matter. Although I have big hands and long fingers, I like the feel of the AFS stocks on full-size 1911's. An autopistol's butt is primarily gripped fore and aft. The stocks are just along for the ride. Thicker stocks make the butt's cross-section more round and give a less reliable tactile index of deflection. As the saying goes, your mileage may vary...but I like them. The sole downside of the AFS stocks is that they do not help support the plunger tube.