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View Poll Results: How old are you and what type of handgun interest you most.
16-25 years old - Revolvers 12 2.68%
16-25 years old - Metal Semiautos 10 2.24%
16-25 years old - Polymer Semiautos 4 0.89%
26-35 years old - Revolvers 31 6.94%
26-35 years old - Metal Semiautos 27 6.04%
26-35 years old - Polymer Semiautos 17 3.80%
36-45 years old - Revolvers 28 6.26%
36-45 years old - Metal Semiautos 21 4.70%
36-45 years old - Polymer Semiautos 13 2.91%
46-55 years old - Revolvers 32 7.16%
46-55 years old - Metal Semiautos 32 7.16%
46-55 years old - Polymer Semiautos 12 2.68%
56-65 years old - Revolvers 66 14.77%
56-65 years old - Metal Semiautos 48 10.74%
56-65 years old - Polymer Semiautos 21 4.70%
66-75 years old - Revolvers 34 7.61%
66-75 years old - Metal Semiautos 18 4.03%
66-75 years old - Polymer Semiautos 8 1.79%
I'm younger than 16 and don't fit into one of your options, so I posted my answer. 2 0.45%
I'm older than 75 and don't fit into one of your options, so I posted my answer. 11 2.46%
Voters: 447. You may not vote on this poll

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Old June 5, 2014, 01:03 AM   #101
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33 and I love my 1911s but wheelguns are, and always will be, my passion. It just something a about them. That and I am missing three discs in my lower back and it hurts to bend , so picking up brass isn't a favorite hobby.
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Old June 5, 2014, 10:34 AM   #102
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Im 30, and i dont do plastic. I own some tactical tuppaware, but prefere steel or aluminum framed
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Old June 5, 2014, 11:02 AM   #103
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I'm 64 and among the guns I favor are the older Colt and S&W Revolvers as well as the older Colt 1911 guns. I just have a hard time warming up to many of the newer Tupperware guns made from composites. I have shot several I like but don't own any.

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Old June 6, 2014, 12:40 PM   #104
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A 2011 counts as a polymer gun, right?
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Old June 6, 2014, 06:14 PM   #105
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78 I enjoy revolvers, metal and mattel semi autos. The good thing about revolvers is not having to chase you brass. At my age getting down to chase brass is no problem. It the getting up part that becomes a PIA as you stack on the years.
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Old June 6, 2014, 07:03 PM   #106
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39, revolvers, single actions by a fair margin.
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Old June 7, 2014, 08:50 PM   #107
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Just about to hit 50. I grew up shooting and then carrying revolvers. Times have changed, and so have I.

The only thing that can tear me away from my current Glock 19 would possibly be the new HK VP9.
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Old June 8, 2014, 12:18 AM   #108
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I don't own firearms, only "platforms."
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Old June 8, 2014, 01:30 AM   #109
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Totals for each handgun type.
Revolvers: 169
Metal Semi-Auto: 125
Poly Semi-Auto: 63

Totals for each age group.
16-25: 26
26-35: 62
36-45: 43
46-55: 60
56-65: 115
66-75: 51

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Old June 8, 2014, 06:10 AM   #110
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I'm 64 and prefer revolvers. I am surprised to see that I am not alone in that regard! I find revolvers are more flexible with different loads, brass length, etc. Not as picky. I'm never had to work up a load for a specific revolver yet have had to do that for semi-autos.

Still, I have a nice collection of both and enjoy both. If I had to choose, it would be the wheelguns.
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Old June 8, 2014, 02:14 PM   #111
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Thanks for the summary so far JohnKSA. Appreciated.
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Old June 11, 2014, 11:32 AM   #112
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Just bumping this up so anyone who wants to vote sees it.
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Old June 11, 2014, 12:44 PM   #113
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I'm 40.
I ENJOY revolvers more. For just shooting and knocking about in the woods. Plus I reload and I HATE chasing brass.
That said, for carry in "polite society." I have to go with bottom feeders.
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Old June 11, 2014, 05:39 PM   #114
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I picked the answer that best fit I guess. I am 43 and carry a 1911 as an EDC. I do however love to shoot revolvers both SA and DA. I have competed in USPSA revolver division as well as production and single stack. I love all types of firearms but if you make me choose one and only one it would be a 357mag DA revolver like a 686, 586 or GP100.
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Old June 12, 2014, 10:14 AM   #115
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Just voted on this myself. I've been interested in guns most of my adult life, and I have a wide variety of revolver, semis (both plastic & metal), but I always gravitate toward revolvers.

At the ripe old age of 58 I collect guns for their esthetic design more than their shooting prowess. To me there's nothing prettier than a beautifully finished Peacemaker. Add some engraving, and I'm in love. The Colt history book is a permanent fixture on my coffee table (my idea of porn).
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Old June 12, 2014, 08:04 PM   #116
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55, prefer semi-autos, but am not particular about what they're made of. I have both metal- and polymer-framed guns.
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Old June 12, 2014, 08:15 PM   #117
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im from old scool METAL framed all the way you can have your plastic if you like its not for me
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Old June 12, 2014, 08:29 PM   #118
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I think I am the guy you are trying to get at. I am in the 56-65 age group and grew up with revolvers.

I have kept current and own polymer semi-autos. First love still the classic revolvers and the circumstance where they won't do the job still seems very remote to me.
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Old June 13, 2014, 11:54 AM   #119
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These results are interesting. Revolvers are still at the top in all age groups, followed by metal semiautos, followed by polymer pistols.

I find the posts that note the obvious utility of polymer firearms (like myself), and note that they carry them frequently and make use of them, but still prefer revolvers or metal semiautos to be interesting. I thought for certain as age decreased, the number of people picking polymer semiautos as their favorites would increase. But that is not really the case. It is a really small sample size though.

It would be interesting to do this again in another 20 years, and then do a study on the younger generation. It makes me wonder if the preference for metal guns across all age ranges is a product of

1. the older generation teaching the younger generation to shoot, and thus would diminish as a result of the older (metal loving) generation passing away....

2. if it is a matter of most polymer guns costing less than metal guns in many cases, so the older generation can afford, and thus have more expossure to metal guns, and younger shooters get plastic to start with....

3. Or rather, despite the space age stuff that is available, is there an inherent feeling that metal guns are more durable and just have more soul to them. I'm inclined to believe this option as that is how I started out, by buying a small .357. It just had more appeal to me in general, and I'm not sure why. It had substance, and weight, and didn't seem like a toy, as so many plastic guns feel. It was the type of thing that if I died, I'd be happy to pass it on to someone as it is a personal item and worth passing on. Plastic guns are useful, but to me, they are like a pair of boots. They are for getting around, but eventually, you know they will wear out and get replaced. (I don't actually have time to shoot often enough to wear any gun out.) If you lost it or it was taken from you, you'd be angry, but it is probably very easily replaceable.

Just some thoughts.
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Old June 21, 2014, 11:42 PM   #120
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Old June 23, 2014, 12:05 PM   #121
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Age 80. Colt 1911s and the Woodsman. And, SAA.
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Old June 23, 2014, 12:19 PM   #122
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70. No single favorite. At the top of my list, SAA, 1911, Woodsman, Detective Special. Also, 1851 revolving belt pistol of Navy caliber, and Schofield.

I carry a Croatian striker-fired semi auto ("A gun is a tool, Marion)".
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Old June 23, 2014, 12:21 PM   #123
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Old June 23, 2014, 09:59 PM   #124
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Age - None of your business
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Old June 23, 2014, 11:50 PM   #125
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I don't really care enough to drive to Washington.

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