Anybody else have a difficut time converting from steel to plastic?

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    Anybody else have a difficut time converting from steel to plastic?

    My primary carry is a Baby Eagle full size steel .40. Been on my hip (IWB) since 2007, 15 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    First there was panic when there was a year and a half dry spell on importation from Israel (parts or replacement in case of failure). Then there was the bluing that was worn away on the frame by the holster and harsh environment and cancer set in. So began the hunt for a plastic carry for work.

    Enter the Baby Eagle II full size poly that was finally developed and imported. All the features of my steel, virtually same grip (slightly smaller, and less clearance in the trigger guard, find something else every shooting session).

    Granted I only have about 500 rounds through it, but I am still having a hard time getting in the groove with it. Shooting consistently 2" left, unless I reeeeallly focus on what I am doing, and then only about half the time I am within 1" of POA. Seems to take forever to get the sights back on target for a follow up shot, and an evil nasty flinch I cant get rid of (empty chamber/snap cap).

    I know, practice, practice, practice.

    Do I need to mindwipe everything I have learned and start fresh? Is there a trick I am missing here?

    I'd love to hear the experiences of those who grudgingly made the switch from steel to plastic, and what you did to over come any problems (if any).
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    Not since I got my CCW.

    Plastic is soooo much easier to carry . . .
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    I'm going the other way. Done with plastics. Going all 1911's. Except for maybe one poly, G29.
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    I've never been a fan of plastic guns. I do however have a Kahr CW45, that I bought for work day carry. I haven't had any problems transitioning to it.It took a couple of hundred rounds to get use to the long trigger pull (use to a 1911), but after that I was good to go.
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    How good is the trigger on your Baby Eagle II ?

    If the trigger is too heavy and/or not good & not consistent then you'll never know if it's you or the gun.

    "Shooting consistently 2" left, unless I reeeeallly focus on what I am doing, and then only about half the time I am within 1" of POA."

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    Plastics have their place, however, I love my steel when I only like my plastic.
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    I recently bought my first piece of combat tupperware. So far I love it, don't get me wrong, I still love my steelies, but man that M&P is a great little gun.

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    I have also gone the other way selling off my M&P 45c and Walther PPS and going all metal (with a real hammer). I now carry a CZ P-01 most of the time. and a S&W M&P 360 3" occasionally.
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    No problem only have two plastic guns all the others are steel.
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    Why is there a problem? If you like steel, buy steel ... problem solved.
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    I too am going in another direction. Love the Colt, but the fantastic plastic still gets it's game time.
    But I really love my Colt.....
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    I guess I'm just an old dog that doesn't like to learn new tricks. Plastic has its place--in the kitchen in food storage containers! I love steel, buy steel, own steel, carry steel. My wife, however, does have a full size Beretta PX4 Storm in .40S&W, and I admit it is pretty nice and shoots good. But then, she is younger than me and hasn't owned and shot guns for over 55 years. I'll personally stick with steel.
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    For me, I think it's a weight/size thing. My plastics are not only lighter, they are generally smaller. I find that I tend to carry steel in the winter since I'm wearing cover garments and a sturdy belt, and plastic in the summer where I'm often pocket-carrying in cargo shorts, or grabbing a clip-on IWB as I head out the door.

    I must admit, if the weather permitted me to dress as I liked, I'd carry a steel 1911 every day.
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    go shoot a Glock rapid fire. You won't have any problem making the transition. But why do you have to give up your steel guns for polymer. Both live in harmony in
    my gun safe.......and they don't yet make a good polymer 1911.
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    You know, Sticks, it is funny. I hear this same complaint often, but I just don't understand it. I shoot steel and polymer about the same. I don't have any feeling one way or the other.

    I am not trying to be contentious, but is it possible it is all in your head?

    Now, hear me out. All guns are different, we all know that. All triggers are just a little different. I think of it like cars. A manual transmision requires me to do different things than an automatic to make it perform . I prefer manual transmision cars, but I can drive an automatic just fine. It is all about working out the peculiarities of that particular car (or gun).

    I am sure you can work it out. It would probably help to have somebody watch you shoot to see what you can't or, don't, see for yourself.

    Good luck with it.
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