Interesting thoughts... I do more puttering, renovating, upgrading and customizing on my handguns so consequently I spend a lot more time with them and can easily see and feel the changes I make on them... Naturally I feel more of a personal link with them... They are partly the result of my handiwork. I also shoot them WAY more than my long guns.
I can see how this would also be true if I did more of the same with my long guns but it just hasn't evolved that way... as much... Yet.
What did Mrs. Bullet say to Mr. Bullet? ... "We're having a BeeBee!"...
IF THE SHOE FITS, WEAR IT!... IF THE GUN FITS, SHOOT IT!
"Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it."