Narrowing price-point of steel vs. polymer autoloaders


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Gunz
November 22, 2006, 09:00 PM
It seems the 1911s are in the zone of the higher end polymer pistols.

I made the polymer choice today, after handling various steel 1911s from Kimber, Springfield, Colts, S&W, and Paras. They were all in the zone of $740-900.

I then held a USP 45 (2006 production I guess, with AG numbers??) at $770 with the recent 12 rd mags. I went with the USP. While thicker, taller, more spartan looking, and possessing less character than a 1911, it seemed the better value choice for a shooter.

I surprised myself at this decision, but the price point no longer gives the traditional 1911 the edge anymore. I remember the steel ones in the $450-700 range 4-5 years ago. I know one can buy the zero-frills GI, but that was not what I was shopping to own. I used to laugh t the price of plastic being too high, and the guns were unconvincingly stout.

Well, I made my choice, I spent my money, and I am satisfied with the USP 45. The saving-grace feature of the USP which swung me to thepolymer side was the dual-function thumb safety (C&L or Decock). While the trigger is never going to be the crispy 1911 feel, I am content with teh compromise.

For a double stack, the grip is not as big as my G20. After 10 years or so of deriding the USP guns, I ended up with one for a carry gun in winter.

The moral of the story here: In life, never say "never." One comes around at some point.

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10-Ring
November 22, 2006, 09:36 PM
My USPs were the first 45's that worked for me...thoroughly satisfied w/ the accuracy & dependability. I could not believe how good a shooter I became just by shooting these guns. Congrats! ;)

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