Polymer vs All Metal

Polymer vs All Metal

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    Polymer vs All Metal

    Looking to buy my first hand gun, and I see a lot of "plastic" guns that are cheap, or cheaper than all metal ones. Are the "plastic" guns any good? Do they hold up well over time? Or should I stick to getting an all metal one.


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    There are a lot of good polymer guns on the market. Glock, Springfield XD, Smith's M&P to name a few. They're reliable and accurate. Search around and you will find one that fits. Smith & Wesson (M&P) has a $30 rebate or two free magazines. Take the free mags and run!

    BTW - This is coming from a guy who owns two full-sized STEEL 1911's (my eldest son, however, has the M&P .40)
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    In addition, H&K USP, H&K P2000.

    They may hold up better than metal ones.

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    I'll second buying the polymer pistols but my choice is glock or the older Smith
    &Wesson line that Walther supplied parts on. Know as SW 99.This line has awesome trigger !

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    Metal vs Plastic...
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    Tod Green is running a M&P torture test and as of week twenty seven
    he has 54,880 rounds with 2 stoppages, 0 malfunctions, 2 parts breakages.

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    Well, polymer is lighter and doesn't rust... good for concealed carry. The only "drawback", for some people, is more felt recoil in the lighter gun.

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    I think polymer frames absorb recoil more actually. Plastic pistols aren't totally plastic anyway. And metal pistols? Most of them these days are alloy. Nothing wrong with the polymer frames. Low maintenance, won't rust, lighter weight, etc..... Plastic guns generally do hold up well over time. Cheap compared to mostly metal pistols?......all you need to do is look into the manufacturing process of each to realize why.

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    Thanks for the input. I think I may look a little closer at the polymer guns.

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    I had a Glock 34 with over 100,00 rounds thru it. Steel vs Plactic? It's your choice. I have many of both - I like all of them - as long as they function and they are accurate. Buy a "quality" of the material that you like (feel, look, FIT, etc). If you have to pay for it, it better be something YOU like.
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    There are several good "plastic" pistols out there and they have their benefit for a CCW. I say buy a Glock and don't look back. Some claim that newer models from other manufacturers are better but what is the purpose of a gun? To accurately fire a bullet, reliability! Glock does that and has their bugs worked out.

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    Can't go wrong with a Glock 19 IMHO.

    Quote Originally Posted by 64Jeeper View Post
    Looking to buy my first hand gun, and I see a lot of "plastic" guns that are cheap, or cheaper than all metal ones. Are the "plastic" guns any good? Do they hold up well over time? Or should I stick to getting an all metal one.

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    If it's your first you will have one in both styles before you know it. I really like Glocks, but wouldn't recommend them to a novice.

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    Don't get me wrong fellas, I was a rifle expert in the Marines. I just never went out and bought my own.

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