Best Plastic Gun?


May 23, 2010, 11:09 AM
I'm looking to pick up a plastic gun in .40, which do you guys suggest:

Glock, M&P or XDm?

It will be used for occaisional carry and will primarily serve as a nightstand gun.

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May 23, 2010, 11:12 AM
I've got a glock 22 and love it. Fires every time and eats anything it's fed. I have held the XDM, and I gotta say, they feel GREAT! Never fired one, but they are probably one of the best ergonomic plastic pistols out there.

May 23, 2010, 11:17 AM
I suggest you search, this thread wont produce any thing too usefully for you I'm afraid.
Go hold and shoot all the guns if possible, they're all high quality weapons.
I like Glocks, a 23 would probably suite you well, as you could carry it concealed if you decide to do so.

Mike J
May 23, 2010, 12:11 PM
I have an XD-40 that is accurate & reliable. I have shot a friends G-23 it was really nice. I would suggest looking at the Glock, XD, M&P see which one fits your hand best, if possible rent or borrow & shoot to see which one you like best.

Mad Magyar
May 23, 2010, 03:17 PM
I cringe at the word "plastic"; polymers are more like it...:D

Johnny Lightning
May 23, 2010, 03:22 PM
All great reliable handguns. See which one feels best in your hand. I have 2 Glocks and love them but have held the other two of your choices and they feel more comfortable in the hand then the glocks. I did get a chance to shoot an xd-.40 subcompact and it was a great shooter, comfortable, and easy to carry.

May 23, 2010, 03:37 PM
I agree with the advice of Gofastman.

It would be very helpful to shoot the three before deciding.

While they are all good guns, there definitely is a difference in hold and feel between them. Glock lovers will swear by the grip angle of their gun, and a lot of M&P lovers say Glock hold is awful. Go figure....

Grim Peeper
May 23, 2010, 03:39 PM
Another vote for glock 23 I likey

May 23, 2010, 04:10 PM
M&P hands down.

May 23, 2010, 04:59 PM
Glock, M&P, and XDM are excellent pistols pick the one that feels the best to you. As to the best polymer framed pistol, that would be the HK P30/L.

May 23, 2010, 05:01 PM
I'm looking to pick up a plastic gun in .40, which do you guys suggest:

Glock, M&P or XDm?

It will be used for occaisional carry and will primarily serve as a nightstand gun.

Simple. It's the one you like best.

May 23, 2010, 05:39 PM
I would go with the XD/XDm.

After that I would go with the M&P.

A and O
May 23, 2010, 05:42 PM
Simple. It's the one you like best.
Simple. It's the one you like best.

Here's my order of preference:

And of course the Glock

The Glock is really a great weapon but I have problems in holding them properly. The XD's are more user friendly (for me anyhow) and really are a cross between the 1911 and Glock. I'm more a 1911 guy that really likes the Glock so the XD works best for me.

I have never used the M&P but have never heard any verifiable negatives. It looks really nice and only set it above the Glock for that reason.

Ala Dan
May 23, 2010, 05:51 PM
Another vote for either the XD, or the XDm; damn good shoot'in pistols~! ;)

May 23, 2010, 05:56 PM
I've had 'em all and I'd go with the XD. For one thing it has a fully supported chamber and you can shoot cast bullets if you ever decide that is what you want.

May 23, 2010, 05:59 PM
M&P has more of a rounded grip.

harmon rabb
May 23, 2010, 06:02 PM
honestly, whichever one feels the best in your hand, or that you can shoot the best with. or that you think looks coolest. or that you can get the best deal on. can't really go wrong here.

May 23, 2010, 06:47 PM
I'd go with the XD without any hesitation.

Having said that, the third generation S&Ws have plastic grips, and I think they are extremely underrated...the guns, not the grips.

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On the second video, note the S&W at the end. Beauty, ain't it?


May 23, 2010, 06:49 PM
for me the xd is the best( i prefer teh xd and not the "m") i have 2 service models, in .40 one with over 17,000rds and still going strong. i love em so much i have 2 and that is a pretty good endorsement.

May 23, 2010, 06:53 PM
Not on the list but, I say look at the Walther P99. It is often overlooked and underrated.

May 23, 2010, 07:04 PM
PPS 9mm for IWB carry.
XD9 SC for other carry.

May 23, 2010, 07:05 PM
Glock :)

Mine was purchased used...unknown round count. As of today it's two weeks old, has 1070 rounds through it and ran all those rounds dirty. I gave my Les baer monolith the same test...over 1000 rds no cleaning. That's like a pop quiz to a Glock.

Glock's Rock!:D:evil::)

May 23, 2010, 09:04 PM
I appreciate all of the feedback. I did go to the range and rent a glock. I kept grouping low and left. I believe it was due to the trigger (or my lack of skill). I was very dissapointed as I really wanted to like the Glock. I held the XD and I thought the trigger felt real "sloppy." Unfortunately they didn't have any for rent. I usually shoot 1911s and am probably spoiled by the trigger. I guess that leaves some testing with the M&P.

May 23, 2010, 09:17 PM
It should be noted that the M&P has really good ergonomics. The trigger sucks out of the box. But the $30 Apex hard sear does wonders for the M&P trigger. Also keep in mind the M&P can be ordered with and without mag disconnect in most states.

May 23, 2010, 11:50 PM
A good gunsmith can fix just about any trigger on any of these pistols. The sloppiness is there for a reason. Like I said, I have a S&W 659 and it purposely has slop so that the trigger can be depressed a certain amount without firing, even when cocked. In stressful situations, you're not supposed to touch the trigger, but at the time the gun was designed, police were taught to put their fingers on the trigger. I like the play in my S&W trigger and wouldn't get rid of it if I could. People are subject to all sorts of twitches and such, and combat autos are not supposed to be range guns.

Glocks, in my opinion, are not great combat pistols because they have zero tolerance for human error. Accidental discharges with the Glocks are astronomical and I've seen it happen on ranges. Get in a charged situation and it only becomes worse. Just compare the accidental discharge rate of agencies and departments that use Glock with those that use other weapons.

I have an AMT Lightning with a Clark trigger (see my thread), and it has no play. You touch the trigger and it goes bang. My Ruger auto doesn't. It has slop. If I have to use one for self defense, guess which one I'll choose.

I can empty my 659 as rapidly as any Glock out there, but I think it's an inherently safer gun to use in self defense than any Glock. I also don't particularly like striker-fired pistols and greatly prefer hammers. Still, people have different views.


May 24, 2010, 01:27 AM
My vote goes to the Glock 19. I have about 1200 rounds through mine without so much as a hiccup. IMO the Glock 19 is big enough for home defense and small enough for carry. That being said they're all good guns. Hope this helps. Happy shooting! :)

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