Favorite polymer pistol poll


June 5, 2011, 12:41 AM
these are always interesting. post your faves, and feel free to include pics too :)

i've owned glocks, xd's, and m&p's. i still own the glocks ;)


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June 5, 2011, 12:43 AM
Not a fan of poly pistols but the CZ SP01 is a thing of beauty.


Apocalypse-now.....Ya it was lol I'm not a big fan of polys so I didn't have a pic laying around, fixed now tho, Above is the CZ-SP-01 phantom the poly verison

June 5, 2011, 12:53 AM
^^that's an alloy frame, my friend lol :)

exellent gun though :)

June 5, 2011, 12:56 AM
The only thing I hate about my XD45 is the cost of feeding and keeping it happy, not in a position to start reloading yet but I have not had one failure with it, and it points really well.

June 5, 2011, 01:38 AM
that's an alloy frame, my friend lol

The Phantom is a polymer framed version.

June 5, 2011, 01:40 AM
that was my bad not his I had posted a SP-01 metal framed verison and now it has been revised

June 5, 2011, 01:58 AM
I have some poly pistols in different calibers and by a variety of manufacturers. My current favorite is a Kahr CW45.

HK Jake
June 5, 2011, 02:00 AM
HK P30 9x19mm

HK P2000 SK .40 S&W

[These images are not mine!]

June 5, 2011, 02:39 AM
^you're supposed to post your own pics, jake LOL :)

HK Jake
June 5, 2011, 02:42 AM
^you're supposed to post your own pics, jake LOL :)
Eh, other people take much better pictures than I do! My guns are exactly the same as the two in the pictures!

June 5, 2011, 02:43 AM
fair 'nough! :)

June 5, 2011, 02:56 AM
Heres my M&P 9, I couldn't find the camera to add the 45c

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety"- Benjamin Franklin

June 5, 2011, 05:38 AM
My current favorite is my M&P 45, but I sometimes switch back and fourth with my Glock 17. Both are awesome guns.

June 5, 2011, 05:57 AM
Glock 19 in OD no pictures currently. It shots good and fits well in my hands, 15+1 9mm and concealable, won me over fast.

June 5, 2011, 06:00 AM
Are you familiar with Ruger? SR9c, LC9 & LCP in the polymer frames.

Jed Carter
June 5, 2011, 07:26 AM
I have shot SA, FN, H&K, SIG, S&W, CZ, Kel-Tec and Glock tupperware pistols, Owned a H&K or two along the way, still own a G17 and a G34 Glock, use the G17 as a HD pistol with a Suerfire X400 on it's rail. The G34 is my USPSA production class pistol, tried to replace it with an STI Trojan and shoot just Single Stack but the G34 is just that good, and I am faster on the reloads. Going to BGSL this morning to shoot their USPSA match with the G34, still shoot better with the STI (just barely), but my stage times are faster with the Glock.

June 5, 2011, 07:48 AM
While I like most polymer pistols, my favorite is Glock.

June 5, 2011, 12:35 PM
^^i understand you're a great admirer of xd's

June 5, 2011, 03:40 PM
I love my Sig Pro 9mm. 15+1, night sights, uber reliable, single/double action= good trigger pull, came with 2 mags, cost less than most other comparable pistols.

I think i paid $400 at buds...

June 5, 2011, 03:52 PM
My favorites are HKs. I like Kahrs, but they are not as reliable or robust as the HKs.

June 5, 2011, 03:57 PM
My favorite plastic gun is my Glock 22 but I'll throw a bone to Taurus since it hasn't gotten any votes. Here's my PT-111 Millennimum Pro. Have had it five years and it's been a surprisingly good gun and only $259 on sale at the time.

Little gun, big picture! :D


June 5, 2011, 04:06 PM
SA XDm.45 ACP. As good as it gets.;)

June 5, 2011, 04:19 PM
I voted Kel Tec because it's the only one I've felt compelled to buy. For full-size guns I prefer a metal frame.

June 5, 2011, 05:26 PM
This is a close as I can get:


It originally had a plastic mainspring housing.

June 5, 2011, 05:31 PM

Px4 40, 5yrs, now with just over 12K flawless rounds and it just keeps getting better and better each range visit..

Px4 40 w/Laser Max - Sig P228n/r 9mm



June 5, 2011, 05:33 PM

June 5, 2011, 06:13 PM
My CZ-75 Phantom never ceases to amaze me.

But I'd also really like to have a glock 20 or 29.

June 5, 2011, 06:24 PM
walther p99 AS.

i have shot many times at one time or another the polymers from every make on the list except caracal(of which i'm not even remotely interested,no offense) and i've not shot the cz phantom but have handled it several times.

i still prefer the walther for my purposes,with the p30 a very distant second.

i am interested in a px4 INOX though,when they come out,..but it certainly won't take the place of the p99.

June 5, 2011, 07:00 PM
Here's one you don't see very often. An FN forty-nine. This one is in 40 S&W. Some people thought the trigger pull was too long and heavy but, for an old revolver shooter like me, it's plenty smooth and works very well.

June 5, 2011, 07:06 PM
you forgot WALTHER ... and while the XD is my favorite design, Kel-Tec is my favorite design philosophy and my favorite company (of those listed)

You forgot Ruger, too but they should be disqualified for copying designs to make the LC9 & LCP anyway. (I like Ruger, but why would I pay more for a copy of a p3at or pf9 with unwanted schmafety features added on?)

June 5, 2011, 07:22 PM
I voted XD because of the ergonomics and the trigger. My HK's are superb and I wouldn't trade them for anything. But the DA trigger is not as good as someof the other DA/SA guns. SA cocked and locked it breaks at 4lbs.. Beautiful!!! Mags are outrageous. I don't own any M&P's but the ones I've shot are calling to me. Beretta PX4 one of the mpst under rated polymer guns out there. The Glock with it's simple design is in a cleass by itself. Hate the hump and the finger grips. In spite of this I shoot them well and they have so many aftermarket parts you can literallt have it your way. And an extremely simple design is a beaytiful thing. Get the bugs out of the GEN 4's and use a GEN 3 trigger and the Glock will jump back to first place.

June 5, 2011, 07:28 PM

you're right, i did forget those two lol

the list is all that came to mind at the time, knew i was forgetting something though :)

June 5, 2011, 07:30 PM
Here's one you don't see very often. An FN forty-nine. This one is in 40 S&W. Some people thought the trigger pull was too long and heavy but, for an old revolver shooter like me, it's plenty smooth and works very well.

saw one of those at a gun auction the other day. did have a heavy pull, nothing outrageous like you said.

how's the reliability? thanx :)

June 5, 2011, 07:32 PM
http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/6387/hipointc9bx9.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/80/hipointc9bx9.jpg/)
Sorry guys.

June 5, 2011, 07:35 PM
I shoot a pretty mixed bag in the FN and have been carrying Hydro-Shocks. It's never failed to function properly with anything I've been able to get in the mag.

June 5, 2011, 07:35 PM
How can I not like my FNP 45 USG? It's got a hammer, can be carried cocked and locked, accurate as I can shoot it and it holds 16 rds of .45 ACP......think about it :D


June 5, 2011, 07:45 PM

June 5, 2011, 08:18 PM
A CZ in any form is my choice for ergo, quality and accuracy.

June 5, 2011, 08:29 PM
I have only shot an XD, Sigma, and Glock. I also handled a Taurus(forget the model) but I really prefer my Glock 19 as far as fit, feel, and simplicity.


June 5, 2011, 08:38 PM
I carry Glocks at work, but when it comes to poly frame, this is the only one for me...


CZ SP-01 Phantom...

June 5, 2011, 11:08 PM
My favorite polymer framed gun is a Styer M9-A1.

June 5, 2011, 11:21 PM

June 5, 2011, 11:42 PM
I own 2 Glocks, so that answers that. Would like to try some HK pistols though...

June 5, 2011, 11:58 PM
wicked, that's got to be the most ridiculous setup I ever saw on a pistol.

June 6, 2011, 12:03 AM




June 6, 2011, 01:44 AM
You list the caracal and not Steyr?

June 6, 2011, 06:36 AM
You list the caracal and not Steyr?

Plus one. Hey OP how about fixing that. :)

June 6, 2011, 06:44 AM
my colt and dan wesson 1911's with plastic grips.:neener:

June 6, 2011, 07:01 AM
Have shot everything on your list but you forgot to include Walther P99AS.
That's my favorite. Best on your list would be a FNX.

June 6, 2011, 07:19 AM
Best on your list would be a FNX.

why is that? because you own one.

June 6, 2011, 07:47 AM
I voted for Glock as well. I own a 27 & a 21sf, but I just bought an M&P 40 Pro Series that I have fallen in love with. Just like the G27 I have ordered a 9mm conversion barrel for it along with a 357sig barrel. It is my second S&W and I would definitely rate them just behind the Glocks.

I own a Taurus pt111 Mil Pro like the one pictured earlier and I can attest that it really is a fine pistol. Mine has well over 5000 rounds through it with no problems. I did a torture test on my Glock 27 & the Mil Pro. I shot 1000 rounds through each without cleaning, oiling, etc. The Glock never misfired, but the Taurus had 3 ftf's after the 900 mark. Another testament to the Glock. As long as the Mil Pro stays relatively clean it functions perfectly.

June 6, 2011, 11:52 AM
Any Glock, but especially the 19 or 26.

June 6, 2011, 12:00 PM
I've owned two Glocks, three Kahrs, four Kel-Tecs and one XD. I still own two Kahrs.

June 6, 2011, 12:58 PM
My all time fave is my 1911. But to stay on topic:

They're all nice shooters.

I personally prefer my XDm's. And it's really not based on superior accuracy or quality, just preference in ergos and triggers.

Got a 9 for plinking and a 45 for duty carry.

Also have several all steel guns.

June 6, 2011, 01:05 PM
wicked, that's got to be the most ridiculous setup I ever saw on a pistol. that would be the mag loader that comes in the box, with a magazine sitting in it and the (mostly useless) rail-mount designed to put the loader on your gear (not pistol, gear, like a mag carrier or something) improperly slapped onto the pistol for laughs.

June 6, 2011, 01:07 PM
Another vote for the Walther P99 AS.

June 6, 2011, 01:15 PM
I voted for the glock. I love my 19, it is one of my favorites. I owned a used XDM 40 and I really tried to like it, but I didn't. I put 1000 rounds through it and sold it. There wasn't anything wrong with it, I just like glocks better.

June 6, 2011, 01:21 PM
Wheres the Walther P99?

June 6, 2011, 01:28 PM
No option for the Ruger SR9!? :D


June 6, 2011, 02:17 PM
Currently, the Beretta PX4 :


Years ago, it was the P99...


June 7, 2011, 06:35 AM
Originally Posted by vaherder
Best on your list would be a FNX.
tape said
"why is that? because you own one"

No more parochial then that Fnh makes them in VA. Keeps Virginians employed and fills the state coffers with tax dollars. As a result it may keep my state and county tax rates down.

June 7, 2011, 05:49 PM
I voted Beretta for one reason only:
The Beretta 9000.

You can carry it cocked and locked and the trigger is so smooth and light that my front sights don't move at all when I fire. It's just the right plasticy feel. You know it's plastic, but it simply works so well it doesn't matter.

June 7, 2011, 09:28 PM
I'd like an HK, but I'm too damn cheap to buy one.

highlander 5
June 7, 2011, 09:55 PM
You forgot the Ruger P series I have their 345 and find it to be comfortable to shoot.

June 7, 2011, 10:01 PM
Hey KingoftheHill, I thought you liked the Steyr...

June 7, 2011, 10:05 PM
I've owned several Glocks, 17,19, & 26's. As much as I liked them, my Kahr PM9 serves my purposes better. The Glocks are too blocky for carry down here in S. FL where the clothing is light. I also have a Kel Tec PF9, and while it does not compare in overall quality, it is a great carry piece.

June 7, 2011, 10:10 PM
Out of choices XD / XDM the one I am somewhat familiar with due to my brother has one.

I also like the way they package and price the XD's Good package at a good price!

I do not even own a polymer pistol, not my thing, had a walther P22 for all of three weeks and traded it for snub nose revolver!

June 7, 2011, 10:23 PM
I'll go with the HK line up.
The HK45 and 45c are great handguns, very accurate, easy to shoot, great ergonomics, and top reliability.

The P30 is also a good one.

The USP Elite is great range gun, very accurate, yet light weight.

I wish I had a P2000SK.

June 7, 2011, 10:31 PM
This poll represents ownership pretty well. The vast majority of polymer pistol owners own Glocks. I like the G-21 but I'll tell you why I haven't bought one. Polygonal rifling, not good for cast reloads. Poor chamber support, though this has improved somewhat. Last but not least, Glock doesn't relieve the ejection ports on any of their pistols. That's why you'll notice the little triangular scar on the casemouth of a fired round. I own an XDm in .45 ACP because of the conventionally rifled Match Grade barrel, excellent chamber support and a relieved ejection port as any good pistol should have. There is not a better polymer frame .45 made than the XD/XDm. Not even H&K. Spend $100 on a drop in trigger kit for the XDm and you'll have a better trigger than any H&K is possible of. Better than many 1911s because the trigger kit in my pistol eliminates overtravel just like the set-screw on a 1911. Plus that H&K will still cost you $450 more.;)

June 7, 2011, 11:43 PM
HK triggers go from sloppy to superb, depending on the model, and the action. HK45 has a great SA, but rough DA. The P30 has a smooth SA and DA. While the DA is heavy on the P30, it is more than acceptable for its purpose.

Whether or not the extra $450 is worth it depends on the buyer. Apparently it is to many of us.

June 8, 2011, 12:09 AM
My M&P40 Pro Series is my favorite polymer pistol, and it runs a close second to my custom 1911 in accuracy.


June 8, 2011, 12:11 AM

June 8, 2011, 12:20 AM
I carry my PT709 every day. I have put several hundred, trouble free, rounds through it. It has yet to malfunction with any ammo (Federal, MagTech, WWB, Remington, Hornady) I have tried.

It is light, flat, and easy to conceal.



June 8, 2011, 06:23 AM
so that's 3-4 "you forgot ruger" lol, and probably more to come. maybe the mods can add them along with walther?

June 8, 2011, 02:04 PM
Can't vote because Walther is missing from your list.

June 8, 2011, 07:06 PM
Some love for the beretta:

http://img704.imageshack.us/img704/6278/px49mmb.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/704/px49mmb.jpg/)

And Glock too...
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June 8, 2011, 10:38 PM
No more parochial then that Fnh makes them in VA. Keeps Virginians employed and fills the state coffers with tax dollars. As a result it may keep my state and county tax rates down.

Actually they are made here in Columbia, SC at FN Manufacturing. The sales and marketing branch of FN Herstal in the United States(FNH USA) is located in McLean, VA and that is why they have Fredericksburg, VA stamped on their slide.

I vote Glock because they are the only poly gun that you can get in a 10mm, and they make a great 10mm at that, and possibly the best 10mm.

June 9, 2011, 03:03 AM
actually you can get 10mm in the polymer tanfoglios,...better grip for me over the glock and a prefered trigger.

June 9, 2011, 03:41 AM
I didn't vote...no Rugers. Mine would be the P95.

June 9, 2011, 07:00 AM
There is not a better polymer frame .45 made than the XD/XDm.

S&W M&P45

Not sure if it is better, but at least just as good.

June 9, 2011, 08:10 PM
The XD is my favorite, and I have over 20k through mine, however I carry a G-19 daily. Long story........

June 9, 2011, 09:42 PM
some Steyr fans on here I'm glad to see. this is an M40 with the grip chopped to S40 length. perfection for me. I also have the newer MA1 style frame in 357 sig but the older M series frame (below) fits my hand better

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/2102/ms401.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/59/ms401.jpg/)

June 10, 2011, 12:13 AM
some Steyr fans on here I'm glad to see.

There aren't many of us, but we're around.

I became one after getting the chance to shoot one. Styer has the worst marketing of any gun manufacturer that I've ever seen.

My M9-A1 fits me perfectly and has an excellent trigger (for striker fired) I figured out the sights half way through the first magazine. They are much faster than regular three dot sights.

June 10, 2011, 06:47 AM

June 10, 2011, 08:34 AM
I want a CZ SP101 but just can't afford it right now. The 75B is the most accurate pistol I own but it just gets too heavy in a very short amount of time for carry.

June 10, 2011, 09:17 AM
Sig 2022. Not on your poll? Shocking.

June 10, 2011, 11:02 PM
two XD's instead of one springfield? newb :)

Love my p99, as much for the mag release as anything else. My second love on that list is the M&P.

Editing to add checks on those I've owned or shot a bunch:

Glock check
M&P check
HK check (love the ergos, not the trigger)
XD check (should read springfield)
XDM dupe
FN df (dryfiring)
Beretta NP
Taurus nope
Kel Tec check
Kahr df
Caracal .... is this an alt spelling of walther? Ruger? Seriously?

DF = dry firing which means I've handled and inspected grip angle, trigger pull, trigger reset .... I currently own numerous pistols, so DF for me means I tried and it didn't make the cut .... for me.

NP means not a polymer offering ... certainly have tried metal offerings.

So Taurus is the only I haven't given any consideration too ... because I've seen a friends have serious troubles.

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