What percentage of your guns are "synthetic"?


November 16, 2012, 10:19 PM
It occured to me that currently 100% of my firearms have stainless barrels or some kind of "plastic resin" stock. There is not wood and fine blueing to be found anywhere in my collection.

40 years ago I would have never thouht this would be the case. All of you who never trade or sell your guns won't, of course, have this problem. Not that it IS aproblem. I am very satisfied with what I shoot.

So what percentage of your firearms are synthetic and/or stainless?

Remember - some old guns were beautifully made by artisans but it is hard to beat new technology and materials. Of course they are ALL good. (well, mostly - you know the lemons)

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November 16, 2012, 10:22 PM
14% or 1/7. Only the AR...rest are steel and wood.

November 16, 2012, 10:37 PM
14% or 1/7. Only the AR...rest are steel and wood.

Only my SKS has a wood stock, and that is only because I decided I actually like the original stock better than the synthetic one I bought years ago. So my percentage is the inverse: 6/7, or 86%.

November 16, 2012, 10:40 PM
1 of 7

Billy Ray
November 16, 2012, 11:08 PM
0/14 - the two wood ones are stainless.

November 16, 2012, 11:17 PM
About 1/2. I no longer own a wood stocked centerfire bolt rifle, but all my levers are walnut/ blue. I'm about 50/50 on 22's and shotguns as well.

November 16, 2012, 11:25 PM
83% are stainless and/or synthetic.

I admire wood stocked guns if the wood is nice. Unfortunately, if it’s nice it’s probably out of my budget.

November 16, 2012, 11:29 PM
20 steel wood
3 poly

November 16, 2012, 11:33 PM
I bought a stainless/synthetic hunting rifle because I hunted in 3rd season in cold and sometimes wet n miserable weather. Didn't bother me if I scratched the stock, no bluing to rub off over time.

I own some stainless firearms... but not for the reasons I bought that rifle. 20%. Some feature wood stocks or buffalo horn grips.

I only own one 'plastic' firearm, a dedicated .22LR upper on a polymer lower.

November 16, 2012, 11:38 PM
Synthetic. Just over 25%
Stainless. Over 60%

November 16, 2012, 11:42 PM
About 30% are stainless or synthetic.

Halal Pork
November 16, 2012, 11:43 PM
"So what percentage of your firearms are synthetic and/or stainless?"

I'm going to guess 10%.

November 16, 2012, 11:45 PM
Of the fifteen or so guns I own, the last 3 are SS and the last one of those is mostly ss & polymer. Most of of my time is spent in the SC lowcountry or the FL keys where I have a constant fight to keep the rust at bay. I made a promise to myself about 5 years back that I will never purchase another gun, long or pistol, that is not virtually rust proof. To me my guns are tool/toys to shoot, not just to look at and admire; not that my Ruger .44 mag Super Redhawk with matching stainless scope isn't a thing of beauty. I inherited a nearly unfired WWII 1911 45 and was shooting it at the range and had a couple of locals really give me a hard time about me "ruining" the 45 by shooting it. I explained that I have my guns to shoot them and if they thought that I shouldn't be destroying it's value, I'd sell it to them. After a little negotiations, I did sell it for enough to purchase a brand new Colt 1911A1A Series 80,which I have shot the hell out of and my first SS, a police trade-in S&W 639 9mm with a healthy bit of change left over. Up next may be a SS 1911 45, probably the new Ruger.

November 16, 2012, 11:45 PM
Surprisingly it's around 50% for me. I have a lot of beautifully made old pistols that came with plastic grips though. Walther PPK, Savage 1907 and Colt 1908 for example.

November 16, 2012, 11:57 PM
80%+ Are synthetic. Not much wood


November 16, 2012, 11:59 PM
I only have one plastic gun. A P-11 that bounces around in the truck. Everything else is blue, nickel, or stainless with wood. When I buy a gun with rubber grips, they get replaced with wood.

November 17, 2012, 12:05 AM
2.27% (only 1)

November 17, 2012, 12:18 AM
4 of 36
Larue AR
S&W M&P45c
S&W 1006
Ruger SBH

I will be adding a 5th a 12g or 20g for field use. Besides that its unlikely I will add another.

November 17, 2012, 12:27 AM
Pistols? 100%
Rifles? 11/16ths

Carl N. Brown
November 17, 2012, 12:34 AM
My ratio is 5 all traditional versus 6 with some or all "synthetic" components.

20 blue steel receiver and barrel in wood stocks or grips versus 18 with some mix of stainless/aluminum receiver, stainless/blue steel barrel or synthetic stock, but only 6 are pure synthetic all the way: stainless/aluminum receiver and stainless/lined-aluminum barrel and synthetic stock.

November 17, 2012, 12:34 AM
Maybe 10%..................

November 17, 2012, 12:43 AM
3 shotguns and the deer rifle are blued and wood. The Rem 870 is both so that kinda plays both sides of the isle. The AR and GP100 are stainless. And the two Glocks are, well you know. So I'm at 50/50. I'm kinda surprised, being such a Polymer fan I would think I would own more. Those single shot shotguns maintain the balance.

November 17, 2012, 01:31 AM
0% synthetic
some stainless
Stainless serves my purpose well


November 17, 2012, 01:33 AM
0% synthetic
some stainless
Stainless serves my purpose well
rest blue


November 17, 2012, 01:42 AM
1/5 of my guns are synthetic and that one is the Mossberg 702 Plinkster.

Ignition Override
November 17, 2012, 02:46 AM
Let's see- Garand, Enfields, FR8s etc, even both .22s: 0% plastic.
So far no handgun.

November 17, 2012, 02:53 AM

Though I've got a couple things on the short list that should balance it out.

November 17, 2012, 06:21 AM
It works out to be close to 40% of my guns are stainless and/or synthetic. I wouldn't have thought it was so high, thinking initially that it would be more like 20% or 25%.

November 17, 2012, 07:33 AM
Zero percent. Had a Nylon 66 one time, it's been gone for years.

Sav .250
November 17, 2012, 08:53 AM

November 17, 2012, 09:37 AM
4 wood & steel rifles
1 shotgun w/ polymer stock
1 .22 w/ polymer stock
1 stainless pistol
2 polymer pistols

So about half...

If i get another pistol it will be blue & wood
Any rifles will be wood & blue

November 17, 2012, 09:43 AM
Long guns- 0%, tried a few synthetic stocked guns, and traded them all off, I guess they aren't for me. Pistols- about 5%, Ruger P95 and LCP. I prefer metal frames for my range guns, but admit that poly certainly has its place for a carry gun.

November 17, 2012, 09:43 AM
2 out of 3 of my long firearms have synthetic stocks. All have blued steel.

The Bushmaster
November 17, 2012, 09:47 AM
What? Plastic? NONE!!

November 17, 2012, 09:50 AM

November 17, 2012, 09:55 AM
"some old guns were beautifully made by artisans but it is hard to beat new technology and materials."

Funny how many of those old guns survived. Even the ones used in multiple wars.

I have a half a dozen stainless and/or plastic guns, if I count the 649 and 647 my father gave me and a Win SX-2 Waterfowl that's camo sythetic. All told, call it 8 to 9%.

November 17, 2012, 10:57 AM

November 17, 2012, 12:48 PM
All, sold all my steel guns for shield xds, glock type pistols. I require the weight to be as light as possible, AR and Tactical 12 gauge also. Unless they melt them with a ray gun, they should outlast their steel and wood counterparts, as I have had 100's of them over 50 years of shooting, and at 64, I look for low maintnence and durability more than beauty. There is no downside to having synthetic guns so why bother with anything else. I don't need or want any high mainetnence things anymore..

November 17, 2012, 01:27 PM
0% - all are regular steel with wood stocks/grips.

November 17, 2012, 01:31 PM
All of mine have composite stocks, but they all have blued barrels -- if whatever is done with a Saiga can be called 'bluing.'

November 17, 2012, 01:57 PM
There is no downside to having synthetic guns so why bother with anything else.

Stippling just isn't the same as a set of Esmerelda's, etc. :)

November 17, 2012, 02:12 PM
Wood & blued steel: 5 total
Tupperware: 0
Maybe in the future. I really like shooting the Sig P229 in .40 Smith. That gun is smooooth :D.

Synthetic stock: 1 long gun, barrel is blued steel as well as the receiver. Actually, if I had a wood stock, the darn thing would be even heavier.

Mikey Idaho
November 17, 2012, 03:10 PM
5 out of 7 are synthetic, the traditional wood/blue ones are a coach gun and mini 14

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November 17, 2012, 03:21 PM
2, my Benelli and my Ruger 22/45. Add in my Ruger 10/22 with its plastic barrel band and trigger group, and my Tokarev with plastic grips, and everything else is wood and steel.

November 17, 2012, 03:27 PM
4/19 one ar, one 22, one weatherby vanuard s2, one m&p 9mm

November 17, 2012, 03:40 PM
3 are SS
1 polymer (issued)

Everything else is traditional blue.

Mauser lover
November 17, 2012, 03:43 PM
Only my .22 rifle. All the rest are wood stocks, blued, except for one antique, it is nickle plated, with rubber grips.

November 17, 2012, 03:57 PM
My Kimber Longmaster Classic has a stainless barrel. My S&W 622 is alloy of some kind and is my only weapon with no wood.

November 17, 2012, 04:02 PM
With the exception of my AR rifles and one Ruger .45 LC Stainless everything else is wood and steel. No clue what the percentages work out to be.


November 17, 2012, 05:26 PM
Centerfire was 100 % stainlees synthetic untill 11-12-12 when a friend need cash and sold me his Ruger 96/44 with 3 mags for $340.00. Handguns are 100% stainless except 1 that is synthetic and blue. Rimfire rifle's are 25% synthetic. Shotguns are 17% synthetic and camo.

November 17, 2012, 06:01 PM
75% are synthetic. All my guns are shot, no safe queens here. Wood is dinged, dented, and damaged. Then it's ugly. I take care of guns as best I can even in the field but it's inevitable that there's going to be something...

November 17, 2012, 06:08 PM
25% synthetic and 1 stainless gun

November 17, 2012, 06:20 PM
Depends on whether we're talking long arms or handguns. Rifles and Shotguns, about 1/3rd synthetic. Handguns...well, I guess about half of them have polymer grips; but there's only two polymer handguns and neither of them are glock :)

November 17, 2012, 06:46 PM
If you include laminate as synthetic, as I do, 100 % of mine are synthetic. That also includes my new Browning Cynergy O/U shotgun. I paid MORE for the composite/camo version than the wood/blued as the stock fit better & is adjustable and the camo just made my redneck heart do cartwheels in happiness.

Guns are tools to me, I want them as strong, stable and weather resistant as possible. I find plenty of beauty in the form, function and ruggedness of my working guns.

November 17, 2012, 06:52 PM
The only wood in my entire collection is my Mosin.

November 17, 2012, 06:54 PM
I'm in the 100% club.

November 17, 2012, 08:04 PM
2 of 12; hand and long.

I guess that I have to make that 4 of 12 since my S&W and GP100 are stainless.

November 17, 2012, 08:17 PM
None unless you count the plastic grips on my 1911 Colt and the 9mm Star. Nothing against modern guns, I would love to own a few but with limited funds I seem to be drawn to walnut and blued steel.

November 17, 2012, 08:46 PM
3 of 10.

An AR style rifle, a Savage .22, and a ML.

All the others, from new to 110 years old, are walnut and blued.

This does not count my MN M44....I have no idea what the Rooskies made that stock from...potatoe skins maybe?:D

Sergei Mosin
November 17, 2012, 08:59 PM
The only plastic gun in my collection is the AR. A wood AR would just be goofy. The only other plastic gun I could see myself getting is a defensive shotgun (or another AR.) We have a few stainless handguns, all of which were bought in stainless for aesthetic rather than practical reasons.

November 17, 2012, 09:03 PM
It's about 10% currently. Just the two AR's. Everything else is wood and steel. Some of it well over a century old and still cooking.

November 17, 2012, 09:11 PM
If you include Glocks, probably about 8-10%. I simply don't buy stainless guns unless that is the only choice. I own one 22 rifle that is stainless and with synthetic stock.

November 17, 2012, 09:43 PM
Only an AR and an HK-91 have synthetic.

November 17, 2012, 09:44 PM
Nothing but a couple of muzzleloaders and one Glock I have never fired.

November 17, 2012, 10:41 PM
1 stainless and wood
All the rest stainless including a couple of polymer frames

November 17, 2012, 11:38 PM
So what percentage of your firearms are synthetic and/or stainless?

2 plastic
1 stainless

November 18, 2012, 03:07 AM
I own a 2nd Gen Glock 19, but other than that no SS or synthetic.

CZ 452, Remington 740, H&R 12ga Topper, and a Rohm 66. All wood and blue :D

November 18, 2012, 03:58 AM
23% with synthetic frame or stock. No stainless.

Ragnar Danneskjold
November 18, 2012, 08:03 AM
I refuse to own any firearm containing wood products.

November 18, 2012, 12:08 PM
Aside for some meteorites, all steel is synthetic.

November 18, 2012, 12:11 PM
OK :rolleyes:

November 18, 2012, 01:16 PM
"There is no downside to having synthetic guns so why bother with anything else. "

Some folks count ugly as a downside. :D For instance, my Sig X-5 TAC TB - coated stainless slide, coated alloy frame, plastic grips is highly functional, but ugly.


Not ugly, my Guerini Woodlander 28 ga.


A nice old beat up wooden stock stills looks better than an old beat up plastic stock.

Tim the student
November 18, 2012, 05:34 PM
About half.

November 18, 2012, 05:36 PM
NONE.....100% steel and wood!

Black Knight
November 18, 2012, 06:04 PM
3 of 22 = 13%
AR 15
Beretta CX4 Storm
SigPro SP2340

November 18, 2012, 06:21 PM
What percentage of your guns are "synthetic"?

They are all "synthetic", non of them are "organic". (LOL) Steel does not exist in nature, iron does.

Now how many have non-wood stocks, 4. Wood stocks, 4. Laminate stocks 2. Stainless barrels 2 the rest are blued.

Hope that answers your question.

November 18, 2012, 06:31 PM
If there were a good reason to continue making guns using wooden stocks, we would not have seen every law enforcement agency and military unit switch to synthetic stocks, "after all that's what we are speaking to. Other than pistols. All seem to be in agreement that the synthetic material requires less work, is more resistant to weather and holds up forever. Wood will chip dent and rot if not taken care of. My most beautiful guns were nickel or stainless and wood with Burled wood grips etc. But they are not practical for heavy constant use without too much maintenance, more for show or for occasions where you won't be crawling around in the mud. these new era guns are made to take a beating, get thrown out of vechicles and generally beat to crap, while still continuing to work. IE: Glock, M&P etc. Barbcue guns are nice, I would still have 1 around if I got the bug again, but I don't want to worry where I lay my gun down, to prevent scratching a delicate finish, as I did when I was a young man. Same reason AR's are made the way they are, wood, would just not hold up, same with shotguns, great for skeet or trap, even Birds, but not combat shotguns with tac lights and lasers on them.

November 18, 2012, 07:43 PM
after 10 years of slowly selling off my blued guns now 80% of mine are synthetic and SS models.
Same with my handguns. Sold my blued ones and replaced with SS models. The ones I still have that are blued will be sent off for matte hard chroming, and all of them that synthetic stocks are offered for I have already changed over.

November 18, 2012, 10:47 PM
5 out of 8 are synthetic

1 out of 8 is stainless

November 18, 2012, 10:54 PM
Handguns and rifles, roughly 50% blued and 50% stainless barrels.

Only one has a synthetic stock (the Ruger 77/44).

November 18, 2012, 11:09 PM
2 out of 76 of my firearms have plastic stocks and none are stainless.
my ar and one of my mosins has a plastic stock, the plastic stock on the mosin will be replaced with wood eventualy.
i have a realy nice ss .416 bore octagon barrel i got real cheap but i just cant make myself put it in the lathe and thread it for any of my project rifles. if it was blued it would have been used a long time ago.

a wise man, who just happens to be a stockmaker once said "life is to short to hunt with a ugly gun" and he was right.
i would have no problem carrying a rifle with a $2000+ stock in the woods, but i do have a problem carrying a ugly synthetic reguardless of the price.

November 19, 2012, 06:55 AM
I own 27 long guns which are 'blued with wood'.
I only own 1 long gun with a synthetic stock: .22 Henry Survival rifle.

Handguns are different matter entirely however.

November 19, 2012, 07:04 AM
All my guns are wood and blued, proudly :)

November 19, 2012, 07:53 AM
My first handgun was a synthetic (SR9 Compact), but I only owned it for 6 months before trading it in for the Ruger SR1911.

I was going to buy the new Ruger 357/77, but since the stock was synthetic, I ultimately decided to pass.

Case in point, I understand why Synthetics would be important to some people (examples: less effected by heat/warping in rifles, lighter for CC), but I've just gotta have metal in my hand. Not sure why, but it feels right :D

November 19, 2012, 08:06 AM
80 % are wood

November 19, 2012, 09:22 AM
"If there were a good reason to continue making guns using wooden stocks, we would not have seen every law enforcement agency and military unit switch to synthetic stocks, "after all that's what we are speaking to."

Using your line of reasoning, there's no good reason for making cars with leather seats because law enforcement and the military both use synthetic/vinyl.

Both wooden stocks and leather seats possess attributes that their less expensive replacements can't duplicate. I guess you don't value these characteristics, but I don't see how you can ignore their existence.

November 19, 2012, 10:34 AM
My addiction to military surplus really skews that percentage, but I'd say I have only two non-wood based rifles. One Tikka T3 and a Vz.58 (technically the furniture is NOT wood)

I have every intention of buying a synth/stainless combo, but I haven't decided which caliber yet. I imagine my first AR15 purchase (eventually) would be another.

November 19, 2012, 12:01 PM
None of mine are the metal-and-wood. I have a few polymer pistols, a couple synthetic shotguns, and a stainless revolver.

November 19, 2012, 02:42 PM

November 19, 2012, 04:56 PM
After 100% of the wood stocked guns i bought had hidden cracks in them, i decided to never buy wood stocks again

However that does not mean i can not enjoy the fine wood on dads Tikka
If i can, i will put a McMillan frn stock on it though

Oh, uh, forgot to insert procent


Roadking Rider
November 19, 2012, 05:44 PM
About 30% of my pistols are poly pistols,and 20 % of my rifles. I just prefer the feel of wood and steel.

November 19, 2012, 09:52 PM
Out of 8 firearms, I have Zero polymer guns, and only one stainless (Marlin 883 .22 Mag)

November 19, 2012, 10:53 PM
I'm not sure on the percentage (2%?) but only one handgun out of all - a P22.
Less in long guns and at that only because I really like GI "glass" stocks on an M-14 though I do still have a Garand synth stock incase I ever want to hunt with one again.
Mossberg 590 too.

November 19, 2012, 10:56 PM
22% of rifles have synthetic stock, 3.7% are stainless and 0% are stainless and synthetic.
0% of shotguns all Blue and wood.
Handguns 6% poly frame and 22% stainless.

November 19, 2012, 11:16 PM
Counting conservatively...77% are 'synthetic'

November 20, 2012, 12:16 AM

November 20, 2012, 08:56 AM
My continued thanks for your responses. Also for the lesson in vocabulary.

November 20, 2012, 11:25 AM
I was going to say 0%, but I just remembered a friend recently gave me a Mossberg 12ga pump that has a plastic stock.
All of my other guns are wood/blued steel and I would never buy a gun with stainless steel or a synthetic stock. Just an aesthetic thing.

November 20, 2012, 11:49 AM
80% are stainless, polymer, plastic, or some combination thereof. I have several stainless actions in wood furniture and blued with plastic stocks.

Of the last 15 I've bought, only 1 blued/wood in the bunch. I've been buying utilitarian.

November 21, 2012, 11:56 AM
Very few, of 80 or so guns, only two rifles (AR and 10/22) and two pistols (XD .45 and Bodyguard .380) which comes out to 5%. Basically strict utilitarian guns. Most everything else is blued steel, walnut, maple, holly, cocobolo, ivory, stag, etc.. I don't really put a stainless single action with wood grips or a blued sixgun with checkered hard rubbers in the same ballpark as a stainless/synthetic rifle. Just not my thang. :barf:

The Lone Haranguer
November 21, 2012, 12:11 PM
50%. But I only have two guns.

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