Actually, of everything and anything that's been listed, or is likely to be listed, the idea of trying out a gun before I buy it is numbers 1-10 of my top 10 list. I tip my hat to Kaneohe GS for taking new guns out to the range for LIFE classes and HRA funshoots for exactly that reason. And I assume that OCG will rent firearms once the range opens, which will also qualify for a hat-tipping.
I also drive motorcycles. Due to insurance reasons, dealerships no longer let you take test drives, but expect you to plop down THOUSANDS of $$$ based on a "sitting in the showroom" experience. The same thing bugs me about gun sales. Granted, I don't buy high $$$ guns, but a large part of the reason I don't is that I am not willing to spend that kind of money on something I've only fondled but never been to second base with. Let me shoot the M1A, and maybe, just maybe, you will convince me it is worth $1200. Otherwise, forget it.
And, just for reference, the most I have ever spent on a firearm is $800 for a used Beretta O/U shotgun. It's the only gun I;ve ever shot a perfect score at Trap with, but I STILL, some 6 years later, feel guilty about the price.