Which Polymer Handgun?????


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larry24
December 29, 2007, 07:53 PM
I am currently in the market for a new polymer handgun, I own 15 handguns but the only polymer pistol I own are several GLOCKS and one SIG PRO.

Any input would be helpful..................Im leaning towards the XD as I personally think its a much better looking piece than the M&P......

WHICH DO YOU GUYS PREFER?????


THanks

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possum
December 29, 2007, 08:03 PM
welcome to thr! and i love when folks ask this question as it allows me to brag about the xd line. i have 2 xd's that i have ran hard and one that i have torture tested the heck out of. my service model has right at 6k through it, and my sc has right at 2k through it ,and i have never had a single issue with either. they are reliable as anything i have ever seen, accurate beyond belief and just plin fun to shoot. plus sa is a great company that takes care of thier customers, they have an awesome customer service department.

the xd just feels great in my hand, great grip, both the angle and the the girth. i love em and i will defnetly by more in the future.

Zach S
December 29, 2007, 08:03 PM
I cant decide if I want a P220 or a 5" XD45.

I'd rather have the P220, but the XD45 is a lot less money, which I dont have at the moment, and I still have 3 guns to finish building before I can put a whole lot of thought into it...

I guess, in short, I'm saying the XD...

possum
December 29, 2007, 08:07 PM
though they are so much less you get so much gun for the money, they are really a value, both of mine are worth more than i paid for em. that is one reason i have not yet spent alot of money on handguns like sig and h&k, i can get so much gun or 2 for the price of one with the xd's, i have tons of experience with them, impressed as i can be and they have a lifetime warranty. hard to beat that. even if i had all the money in the world and moey was no object i would still own xd's i would have one in every configuration that they make.

The Lone Haranguer
December 29, 2007, 08:12 PM
I prefer the M&P hand fit (which can be adjusted) and trigger action better than the XD, myself. Can you rent guns to shoot?

Josh Aston
December 29, 2007, 08:14 PM
I've never heard anyone say they liked the looks of the XD over the M&P. I prefer the M&P and the Walther P99. Don't care for the Glocks, XDs, or HKs. Haven't tried the new Ruger, the Steyrs, or the FNPs.

My one XD was the XD45 that so many are so in love with. It wasn't a bad gun I guess. The grip was way too long though. And the bore axis was entirely too high. Not to mention it just looked clunky and cheap. It was reliable and decently accurate though.

Samgotit
December 29, 2007, 08:15 PM
Please don't leave out the "lowly", un-marketed Steyr M40 A1(or M9). I picked mine up this morning. I am stunned that this gun is going for $339 NIB at CDNN. It's every bit as put-together as any Glock (that's from a direct comparison of the two).

possum
December 29, 2007, 08:18 PM
i don't know looks never mattered to me at all when it came to guns.

i do like the fact that the m&p has the interchangable backstraps that is a good bonus that i hope more companies will start to do more often.

larry24
December 29, 2007, 08:24 PM
thanks for input guys,,,,,,,I know looks don't matter, however I take pride in all the guns I own and appreciate great physical characteristics and looks....

What about the Taurus line of Polymer guns?????????? I have several of the revolver but never owned an automatic taurus?

DENALI
December 29, 2007, 08:38 PM
Hey looks are plenty important and don't let anyone say otherwise. As to Tauras polymer pistol's like the 24/7 ect.. there just fine. I believe there about the equal of the XD but not the Glock or S&W. The great part is that company really stands behind there guns so you can shoot the hell out of them and not worry about a thing as they'll fix or replace just about anything. Last I checked the .45 version could be had with stainless slide for well under $400.00...............And that would be the one I latched onto..:)

possum
December 29, 2007, 08:40 PM
I believe there about the equal of the XD but not the Glock or S&W.
i disagree.
i put the xd's, glocks and the m&p's leaps ad bounds over the taurus line of handguns.

taurus might have a lifetime warraty but good luck getting it backin any timely fashion, which isn't the case with sa, which has been good to me in the past. they did what i wanted and more, and had it ack to me in no time, the only company that has surpassed them and that is ruger, but i did get my xd refinished, adn a set of ight sites to go with it, and that does take a while i am guessing, i still had my xd back in little time,

possum
December 29, 2007, 08:47 PM
taurus might have a lifetime warranty but good luck getting it back in any timely fashion, which isn't the case with sa, which has been good to me in the past. they did what i wanted and more, and had it ack to me in no time, the only company that has surpassed them and that is ruger, but i did get my xd refinished, adn a set of ight sites to go with it, and that does take a while i am guessing, i still had my xd back in little time.

JDGray
December 29, 2007, 08:55 PM
You must not be to impressed with your Glock, or you would want another, so I won't recommend what I like the best:D

larry24
December 29, 2007, 09:01 PM
I own a glock model 19 as well as a model 26....................I am huge fans of both. In fact, my model 26 is my CCW, and my 19 stays close by at home.
I love glock for their reliability, toughness, and most of all-----ease of operation in a stressful situation.

I just wanted something new to play with............................

Thanks to all for your input..............I am a new member as of tonight and look forward to years of discussions with you guys..................

Black Adder LXX
December 29, 2007, 09:05 PM
Another M&P fan here. I especially like the free mag and rebate special offered right now...

SA Friday
December 29, 2007, 09:14 PM
Get a Glock 34 or 17, or an XD Tactical in 9mm, or wait and pick up an M&P 9mm 5". Get 6 good mags for the gun, an uncle mikes kydex holster and a good belt. Then come out to Fredricksburg this summer and shoot some USPSA matches. If you get one of the glocks and come out to play, I'll help you out setting it up to shoot Production division. It's the most fun you can have with your pants on.

NGIB
December 29, 2007, 09:52 PM
My favorite poly guns are my S&W 99s (the same would go for the Walther P99). They have different backstraps to fit your hand and are very accurate and comfortable to shoot. Saw CDNN has some for pretty reasonable prices and they're worth a look. Top is a .45, bottom a .40

boalex207
December 29, 2007, 09:57 PM
Welcome to THR !

No experience with the M&P, so I can't say anything bad.

BUT

I have the XD40 Service model and I love it. Ergos, the external safety features, accurate, no problems ever other than the shooter. And, I think it's a good looking pistol.

I'll be buying an XD Subcompact one of these days to join it.

I believe there about the equal of the XD but not the Glock
I say the XD takes a back seat to no GLOCK !

possum
December 29, 2007, 10:02 PM
I'll be buying an XD Subcompact one of these days to join it.
i loved the xd service so much i took a chance on the sc and i am glad that i did the sc xd is my favorite handgun it is all around great and i carry it everyday. plus the mags can go form the service to the sc all day long, ad you can get the full capacity in the sc gun, what canbe better than that?

W.E.G.
December 29, 2007, 10:04 PM
I think you should buy a high-end 1911.

Then you will remember why you got the Glock.

Is there any polymer pistol that has surpassed the Glock?
No?... I didn't think so.

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/humor/sissypistol-1.jpg

Its frustrating to know that the quest for the grail has ended with the discovery of the Glock.
But, this is the truth we must know.

Spend your money on ammunition and training now.

txgolfer45
December 29, 2007, 10:07 PM
Glock - you are already familiar with them.

H&K P30 felt great too.

Camjr
December 29, 2007, 10:17 PM
Love my XD40 4" bitone. Another 100 rounds through it today. Comfortable to shoot, natural point for me, and quick back on target. Much less recoil than the new S&W 642 .38 Special snub that I ran 50 rds through today.

drwalker02
December 29, 2007, 11:09 PM
I own a PX4 in .40S&W and .45ACP and i LOVE this pistol. customizable grips, great feeling in the hand, reduced recoil, awesome accuracy and good styling. .40 was $429 with three mags and the .45 was $499 with three mags

Lonestar49
December 29, 2007, 11:26 PM
...

+1 for the Beretta Px4 in 40cal or 9mm, and now out in 45cal (full size)

My Px4 40cal has gone 5800 rounds without ANY failures, just 100%, and mine is still a kid, among many others that have gone twice that and more at 100%..

One of, if not, the easiest guns to field strip, inspect, clean, and reassemble out there, bar none.. KEY

The Px4's just keep on going, and going, and going.. and never take a Glock break.. ;)


Ls

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc306/Lonestar49/px4no5.jpg

With Hogue fingered rubber slip-on sleeve, which I use.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc306/Lonestar49/px4onegg02nj8.jpg

usp9
December 29, 2007, 11:38 PM
It's time for a HK maybe? Everyone should own at least one. A P2000, P30 or HK45?

Perhaps a Kahr, so light and small, yet competent...a P45 perhaps?

larry24
December 30, 2007, 03:23 AM
I almost forgot about the HK, ?

kd7nqb
December 30, 2007, 03:44 AM
I love my M&P but I have preached that on far too many threads. That Px-4 looks pretty sweet would love to shoot one. Most all of these threads end up with the group saying, "Try a bunch and buy what you like the most" so I wont preach too much here. Plus its late.

CTPistol
December 30, 2007, 06:37 AM
currently owning XDs, Glocks, andd M&Ps and my far away favorite is the PX4!

:)

Autolycus
December 30, 2007, 07:09 AM
Check out the HK P2000 or USPc. I cant recommend them enough.

Rustynuts
December 30, 2007, 08:31 AM
I own 2-XD's, a blued and a bi-tone. I prefer the bi-tone's looks and prefer the XD over ANY other poly gun's looks. It's all personal preference. Is this gun for carry? If so, look at the Kahr PM series (9, 40, 45), or even a KelTec!

PAPACHUCK
December 31, 2007, 09:49 AM
I own a XD45Tac and a Taurus PT145Pro. Both have been 100% since round #1, and I would trust them for any job at hand. Try as many different makes as you can find. Only your opinion matters, most all polymer guns out there will give you good service.

ranger58
December 31, 2007, 10:07 AM
how could you forget about H&K's, I'm left handed and there are only a hand full maybe of guns that are ambitious, that is when i bought my first H&K didn't want to spend the couple hundred more but sure am glad i did, it actually ending up saving me money in the long run.:)

tblt
December 31, 2007, 10:38 AM
stay away from the taurus. go with glock,xd or m&p

Scorpiusdeus
December 31, 2007, 11:05 AM
I bought the XD thinking I would love it and the jury is still out. I had a M&P for a brief time, but I ended up selling it in a complicated trade.

I'm going to buy another M&P Soon. Very nice weapon. They are tack driver and are head and shoulders above the Glock.

kentucky_smith
December 31, 2007, 11:08 AM
FNP 9, 40 or 45.

SA/DA (not striker fired), can get with manual safety, decock or SAO. I like it as well or better than the higher priced USP.

cdcmj
December 31, 2007, 11:31 AM
another vote for the XD, I mean, the New and improved Glock. I have the XD 9 service, 100% reliable at 1k rounds.

IMTHDUKE
December 31, 2007, 11:38 AM
http://www.treasureislandbedandbreakfast.com/images/GUNS/p30_text.jpg

Shieldbreaker
December 31, 2007, 11:38 AM
Baby Desert Eagle
This is a good looking, shooting, solid piece.
One of my favorites.
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j274/shldbrkr/BE_Compact-Polymer.jpg

tblt
December 31, 2007, 11:40 AM
hk p30

capttom
December 31, 2007, 12:56 PM
I have a budding relationship with a S&W 99 and it may wind up a long term love affair. From motel to the homestead? Time will tell. However, to continue the analogy, I've had more than a roll in the hay with an Sigma 9 - the current version - and after a tiny amount of TLC and Wolff springs, I like it. It's not a tack driver, but it gets the job done for me better than some other guns around. The price is a home run until the end of January. With the rebates and all the magazines offered, it's almost a 2fer.

FieroCDSP
December 31, 2007, 01:41 PM
Is there any polymer pistol that has surpassed the Glock?
No?... I didn't think so. Its frustrating to know that the quest for the grail has ended with the discovery of the Glock.
But, this is the truth we must know.

I hate to rain on your parade, W.E.G., but the facts that M&P sales have not tapered off since their introduction, and that many LEO agencies are switching from Glocks to the M&P, not to mention the competition circuit adoption..... shows that the Glock is losing favor in all arenas, mainly because they fail to adopt changes to what people really want. Great feel, reliability, accuracy, warranty, and looks.

There have been numerous advancements made in designs, and maybe Glock got a working set-up first, 30 years ago. Big deal. Other have come along, made their contributions, and because of it, it is no longer only Wheel-guns, Glock, and 1911's to choose from. Anyone can go into a decently stocked gun-store and come out with a gun that fits their hands perfectly, appeals to their visual asthetics, is reliable, is accurate, and doesn't break the bank. THAT is the so-called Holy Grail of firearms, my friend. The gun that fits the buyer's desires. Stop insisting the only gun that is worth buying is Glock, because it simply ain't so. :p

OP, buy what you want. I recommend the M&P, but I know the XD is a nice piece also. Regardless of what you get, I'm sure you'll be happy with it.

SuperNaut
December 31, 2007, 01:41 PM
I've never heard anyone say they liked the looks of the XD over the M&P.

Boy I sure do, not that I think that the XD is going to win any beauty contests, but the M&P is just so very homely. Lately I've been wondering why most poly guns are ugly. The only one that seems to combine form and function well is the PX4.

IMO form and function are not mutually exclusive. Since polymer is, well, plastic in every sense of the word, I'd expect to see some really fantastic design work by manufacturers by now. If we are seeing and appreciating high-design, high concept plastic spatulas I think we can raise the bar a little on firearm design.

Lucky Strike
December 31, 2007, 04:32 PM
i've got a subcompact XD 9mm....it's my carry gun and i love the thing.

Had a tough time deciding between the XD and M&P....glad i chose the XD

senior
December 31, 2007, 10:54 PM
See no one has mentioned the cz rani p in 9mm, got one and not one hickup, well balanced, fits the hand perfectly with an extention so u can carry 14+1, no recoil to speak of and accurate, whats not to like and can be had for $375-485.00 depending on locations!

Bentonville
January 1, 2008, 08:38 AM
in 9mm :HK P2000 or P30. Fire one and you will agree.
in .45: The HK45 has only been out a few weeks and many say it's an amazingly comfortable .45 to shoot (and always reliable). I am waiting for the HK45compact. It will be out probably sometime early spring. Go to HKPRO.com and read about them. Also go to http://www.hk-usa.com/

hopelessjoe
January 1, 2008, 08:57 AM
I'm going to be the one wiseacre who provides the answer that has nothing to do with the question:)

If I had to choose a polymer framed pistol I would choose the one made without the plastic:neener:

I won't reveal my choices, but it boils down to about 4 options and glock ain't one of 'em:D

:fire::evil::rolleyes::cuss::scrutiny::(:what::eek::uhoh:

neener, neener, neener!

ps. I couldn't help myself!:p

ar10
January 1, 2008, 11:57 AM
Being particularly fond of XD's I wouldn't get any of them. I started out with the GAP and now I have 5.
.45 GAP tactical
.9mm service
.9mm sub
.40 SW service
.40 sub
The only reason I don't have the .45 is I just don't want to get into buying more holsters. The one I have goes with everything I list above.

SHOTGUNJOE
January 1, 2008, 12:12 PM
Santa brought me the bi-tone XD40 service model & I like it:). Fits my hand perfect. Recoil not bad at all. My only complaint - too big/heavy for CCW. Previous reply said SC mags are interchangable. Guess I'll have to consider getting a SC for CCW.

scndactive
January 1, 2008, 03:45 PM
GLOCK!

sorry, got a little excited

modifiedbrowning
January 1, 2008, 05:14 PM
I prefer the Walther P99.
I have also been happy with my Steyr M9-A1.
I am impressed with my trigger and finish of my FNP-9, but I haven't shot it yet.

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