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Polymer vs. Stainless, nickel, etc...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by moi_self26, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. moi_self26

    moi_self26 Well-Known Member

    Ok, so this is probably a stupid question, but I'm new to all of this so please cut me a little slack. As far as durability/usability/shooting quality....what if anything are the major differences between polymer and the various metals used for production. Is it really all just preference and design, or is there more to it?
  2. Butter

    Butter Well-Known Member

    Steel is great and heavy, plastic is cheaper to fabricate but is very durable. Look at some 20 year old Glocks to tell you about longevity for polymer frames.

    Aluminum frames though, all things being equal, might be less long-lived than either polymer or steel, but I have seen some Sigs that bear witness to a lot of use and not a lot of visible wear.
  3. trackaddict88

    trackaddict88 Well-Known Member

    Ditto. We'll know when Glocks have been around for 100 years like 1911's. Then again I won't be around to check!

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