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Who builds the best striker fired pistol and why?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Walking Dead, Aug 16, 2012.


Who builds the best striker fired pistol and why?

Poll closed Sep 15, 2012.
  1. Glock

    99 vote(s)
  2. Smith & Wesson M&P

    52 vote(s)
  3. Springfield Armory XDm

    36 vote(s)
  4. FN FNS

    10 vote(s)
  5. Ruger SR

    18 vote(s)
  1. Walking Dead

    Walking Dead Well-Known Member

    Who builds the best striker fired pistol and why?
  2. gunnutery

    gunnutery Well-Known Member

    This will all probably come down to personal taste or experience, but I said Glock. Primarily for the reasonably priced aftermarket support as well as easily interchangable parts and ease of use and maintenance. Perhaps some of the others have those things as well, and to be fair to the others, Glock has been on the market much longer and therefore more aftermarket avaiablility.

    As far as the others on the list, I'd also like to try the FNS without the manual safety. I've always liked that company as well, but have no real hands on experience with it.
  3. Pukindog12

    Pukindog12 Well-Known Member

    How did you manage to forget Walther? That would have been my choice.
  4. Me too. Walther P99 or PPS. Both great guns.
  5. jacob2745

    jacob2745 Well-Known Member

    I personally own a m&p 9c and i am thoroughly happy with it, but this is a just question of preference. You can get 10 different answers from 10 different people. I dont personally believe the m&p is that much better than the others. It is just what i prefer.
  6. sidheshooter

    sidheshooter Well-Known Member

    Kahr is also missing from the poll. Not saying that they are the best, but they're worth considering, IMHO.

    They redefined the word compact when they hit.
  7. powwowell

    powwowell Well-Known Member

    I've owned 3 of these. Glock 19, M&P9 and the Ruger SRc. The Glock is the butt ugliest, ergonomic unfriendliest pistol I've ever had. But, it's the one I kept! So, Glock got my vote.
  8. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    Poll is incomplete. Steyr, Caracal, Kahr, Walther, and Taurus (and I'm sure a few more) all have striker fired designs too.

    That said, for the poll choices, I will admit that I've never handled nor fired an FNS or an XD. I own a Glock and M&P and have shot a Ruger SR9. Between them I prefer the M&P.

    Ignoring price, between the SR9 and the Glock I'd say that the Glock is a better gun simply due to the lack of annoying features (shark-fin LCI, thumb safety, mag disconnect). If Ruger took those off I'd consider it every bit the gun that the Glock is, and even as-is I think that the annoyances are made up for by the difference in price (basically, I still think the Ruger SR9 is a better value).
  9. Snag

    Snag Well-Known Member

    Need more poll options, including an "other" option.

    Kahr or Glock would be my choice.
  10. Walking Dead

    Walking Dead Well-Known Member

    These are the options on the shelf at my LGS. I guess I should start another poll on who I left off this one.
  11. powder

    powder member

    Glock, it's the most combat ready pistol with parts availability for everything from sights to barrel conversions to holsters.
  12. MyGreenGuns

    MyGreenGuns Well-Known Member

    Didnt vote~
    Springfield XD (But not the "m")
    Why: very good ergonomics, point shoots very naturally

    Havent handled the FN or the M&P yet.
  13. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Well-Known Member

    This poll is flawed since Walther (who makes some of the world's best striker-fired pistols - the P99, PPQ, and PPS) is not an option.
  14. coalman

    coalman Well-Known Member

    Glock. Simple. Cheap. Reliable. Durable. Tons of accessories. No pins for detail strip.
  15. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member


    Ergonomics, Aesthetics, Size
  16. 45_auto

    45_auto Well-Known Member


    Ergonomics, aesthetics, size.
  17. silicosys4

    silicosys4 Well-Known Member

    You forgot Steyr. The m40 has a very nice glock-esque trigger, and pulls much better than any glock I've tried.
  18. Fiv3r

    Fiv3r Well-Known Member

    Well I have always found Glocks to be ugly, soulless pieces of plastic. They have zero sex appeal and beyond a cheap colored plate on the back of the slide, there aren't many aftermarket ways to make it "yours".

    A Glock is a Glock is a Glock. Be it one with night sights, or a 3.5# disconnect, etc. Boring, uninspired pieces of polymer where a "parent" would have a hard time picking out their "children" from a line up.

    ...but I'll be damned if I don't own three of them:evil: I hate it, but I love them. The ease of maintenance, the quick field strip, the round count that they handle without needing major work. I'm also a huge Ruger fan. I had an SR9 that peened. Sold it. I handled a P95. Nice gun, but not my favorite.

    Glocks are NOT perfection. Hell, they might not even be the "best", but they work for me, and when I shop for a striker fired gun it's a good bet that I'm coming home with a Glock.
  19. academy

    academy Active Member

    Walther. Everything a Glock wishes it could be.
  20. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    Best for.... what purpose?
    I've found Kahr, especially the steel framed ones to be the most finely made of the striker fire pistols.
    My M&P9 is one of the most comfortable guns to shoot that I own and as a combat pistol would take it in a heartbeat over a Glock, XD, etc... but that doesn't make it better. It just means it fits ME better. The guns are probably objectively the same level of quality.

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