Polymer is superior to metal

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    Polymer is superior to metal

    Polymer weighs less, is cheaper to manufacture, resists the elements much better, is easier to maintain, and it is stronger than metal.



    Metal is sexier though.

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    It also absorbs recoil.
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    Yeah, but metal is....metal!...
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    They both have their place IMO.

    For me, I'd probably take a modern polymer as a carry/duty weapon, but I still think metal frames make great choices for range and HD use. Of course, there are others who swear only by 1911's, revolvers, etc. and don't tuch the polymer stuff (or "combat tupperware" as they perjoratively call them).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dadsnugun View Post
    Yeah, but metal is....metal!...
    and will rust and degrade verses the modern polymer offerings...

    I like the steel frames too, but for carry, steel can't compete with the reduced weight of the modern polymer pistol. Just say'n.
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    I have both. My Windicator and my Taurus. I tend to carry the Windicator because it's narrower and easier to conceal despite being a .357mag. I love my Taurus, and when I feel a need for more bang, I carry it. Simply because 11 rds .45ACP without reloading is A LOT of bang.

    The main advantages I see in metal are:
    Keeps recoil down a bit
    Makes a WONDERFUL club between reloads or when you're out of ammo
    Just feels good in your hand

    Also, the thought of (in close quarters) putting a cold STEEL barrel against someone's ribs might take the fight out of them without pulling the trigger.

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    Polymer is OK some of the time, but there are times when it is not.

    For instance,pistol whipping someone with a plastic gun just doesnt have the same authority that bouncing a steel gun off the head does.

    Cracking pecans with the butt of your gun is more difficult. Breaking a car window is tougher. When using the butt of one gun as a hammer to knock a pin out of another gun, steel just works a whole lot better.

    Getting some chemicals on a polymer gun will see it turn to liquid, when a steel gun is virtually untouched.

    Yeah, Polymer is OK but it does have its disadvantages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Polymer is OK some of the time, but there are times when it is not.

    For instance,pistol whipping someone with a plastic gun just doesnt have the same authority that bouncing a steel gun off the head does.

    Cracking pecans with the butt of your gun is more difficult. Breaking a car window is tougher. When using the butt of one gun as a hammer to knock a pin out of another gun, steel just works a whole lot better.

    Getting some chemicals on a polymer gun will see it turn to liquid, when a steel gun is virtually untouched.

    Yeah, Polymer is OK but it does have its disadvantages.

    Hey! HGs, you made me snort in my coffee on those.... good one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gottabkiddin View Post
    and will rust and degrade verses the modern polymer offerings...

    I like the steel frames too, but for carry, steel can't compete with the reduced weight of the modern polymer pistol. Just say'n.
    Yeah, I hear you, just a matter of personal preference to me...not degrading polymers, just prefer the "heft" of a "real" pistol...hahaha!
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    Polymer is so much better. That's why it's used for main battle tanks, combat aircraft and cannon, even automobile engines. [sarcasm off]
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    Well, for all those hundreds of recorded cases of broken trigger guards, this video certainly ends the debate.
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    Polymer stronger than steel??? Call me old fashioned if you want but I still like steel guns. Also if polymer is stronger than steel why are slides, barrels, and revolver cylinders still made of steel? Why hasn't someone made these parts out of polymer? Polymer is lighter than steel. That I will agree with, stronger I don't think so. Yes I do have a polymer firearm (SIG SP2340).

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    Everyone should own at least one all steel handgun...and at least one polymer handgun....and an alloy framed gun...and a pre lock Smith...and a Colt revolver...and a 1911...and a High Power...and an AR based zombie zapper...and a lever action rifle chambered the same as your favorite revolver...and a Model 70...and an 870...and an M1...and a Ruger Blackhawk with only three digits in the serial number...

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    You ever seen a Knight in a suit of Polymer
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    Polymer is superior to metal?

    Unless it gets hot.

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