Speaking of grips, the material is synthetic, with a texture I would describe as firm, but slightly pliable. (It's similar to the grip on a good Estwing hammer, if you're into quality tools.) While you can feel a bit of “give” with pressure, it’s certainly not like a soft foam rubber feel. The grip design is very narrow, noticeably less than that of a typical semi-auto pistol. Before shooting, it felt a bit awkward and on the narrow side. However, once I moved to double-action mode use, I found that the narrow grip profile allowed me plenty of finger reach to operate the trigger with proper leverage. The synthetic material does an admirable job of helping tame recoil of heavier loads.