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Polymer vs steel handguns which fo you prefer?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MUSICALGUNNUT45, Oct 1, 2011.

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Polymer handguns or steel.

Poll closed Oct 31, 2011.
  1. Polymer

    20 vote(s)
    9.3%
  2. Steel

    87 vote(s)
    40.7%
  3. I like both

    101 vote(s)
    47.2%
  4. Other (alloy)

    6 vote(s)
    2.8%
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  1. MUSICALGUNNUT45

    MUSICALGUNNUT45 Member

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    I like steel handguns myself but they seem to be going out of fashion quickly. Between polymer and steel handguns which do you prefer.
     
  2. Don357

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    I like both, actually all three(alloy). BUT, I severly dis-like "striker fired, safe-action trigger" guns, regardless of what they're made of, or by whom, or where they're made!
     
  3. wrs840

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    Call me old fashioned, I prefer to shoot and OC revolvers. I also have and like some nice classic steel autos, (92FS, BHP, etc.) ...but for concealed carry, I still have yet to find anything I like better than my small stable of alloy-framed 3rd gen Smiths: 5904 (x2), 3913, 908, 410.
     
  4. scramasax

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    Went the poly route for awile. Didn't want to screw up my good guns. The had an epiphany. Not going to live long enough to worry about it. They might as well have as many zippers and extra *********s as my body.

    Cheers,

    ts
     
  5. roaddog28

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    I have this:
    S&W Sigma 40VE
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    But prefer this
    S&W 5903
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  6. digsigs226

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    I own all three. (Steel 1911, Alloy P226, and Polymer M&P9c) Polymer is great for concealed carry but I have never been as accurate with it. Metal just stays on target better for me.
     
  7. MCgunner

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    Polymer or alloy for carry, steel for shooting.
     
  8. 420Stainless

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    Steel. I own a light weight polymer for carry, but thats the only reason I like polymer.
     
  9. ATBackPackin

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    I think polymers have their place and I use one for carry, but I prefer steel.
     
  10. 243winxb

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    Steel is much better when hitting someone aside of the head. Better then shooting them. :evil:
     
  11. Valkman

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    I like and have both, as well as an aluminum framed 1911 as my carry gun.
     
  12. FruitCake

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    Most comfort will be in all steel.
    My EDC is a BodyGuard 380 and its a combo of both.
    Polymer/steel for EDC and all steel for target shooting . I'm really gonna lookn into that SmithWesson 5903. That's a single stack 9mm? Man that has to be a charm to shoot.
     
  13. Rail Driver

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    I own both and like both. My EDC is a Colt 1911 Commander, and my 'backup' or 'alternate' is a G26. I like the light weight of polymer for smaller calibers, and the solid steel frame for heavier loads.
     
  14. MUSICALGUNNUT45

    MUSICALGUNNUT45 Member

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    And if you run dry you can still throw the gun at the guy : )
     
  15. JROC

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    I have two steel pistols and one poly pistol, and oddly enough I've learned to like my G20 better than either my CZ 75 or Colt Combat Elite as overall I feel it's a better gun even though I like certain things about the other two guns better than I do about the Glock. Maybe it's the round, but I never though I was going to like my Glock better than or even close to my other two handguns, and I just bought my G20SF because I wanted a 10mm, but I have become very fond of it, and learned to appretiate how good a gun a Glock really is.

    I am very fond of all of them though, and plan to keep all of them for as long as I'm around.

    I like both steel and poly guns.
     
  16. wrs840

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    The 5903 is double stack. It's the "bright finish" version of the "black finish" 5904, both with a steel upper and alloy frame. Both came with a 15 round factory mag. The Mec-Gar #MGSW5917N is a very reliable 17 round mag for 59xx series double-stack 9's (that adds no length either).
     
  17. mgmorden

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    I like both. I have more steel framed handguns, but my first handgun was actually polymer. Steel/alloy frames have a good heft, but polymer ain't bad either.

    At the end of the day there are guns made with both materials that are reliable, accurate, and affordable. Why would I have a strong preference?
     
  18. RNB65

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    I own plenty of both. I prefer the weight of steel for range shooting. But if I hear glass breaking in the middle of the night, I'm reaching for my Glock 17.
     
  19. Pyro

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    Steel for me.
     
  20. tnek13

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    Steel - That really says it all. Polymer appeared to keep cost down, and it did. I own one (1) Glock, it is reasonably accurate, it never jams, it is easy to clean and it sits in the safe most of the time, because I like steel much better.
     
  21. easyg

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    I like both steel and polymer....


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  22. wlewisiii

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    While I can say that I like both, I far prefer steel. Especially blued steel...

    IMG_3382.jpg

    So I chose steel ;)
     
  23. 3KillerBs

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    I like steel both for its beauty (stainless, not blue), and for the way the weight improves the recoil management.

    Even though I have trouble concealing any but the smallest guns (combination of my size, shape, weight, and preference for traditionally feminine clothing over jeans/slacks), its strictly the physical size not the weight I have problems with.

    One of the reasons I picked the MPA Protector over the Kel-tec P-3AT is the nastiness of shooting the polymer Kel-tec. I can handle the recoil from any gun my small hands can get a secure grip on but that doesn't mean I like to.
     
  24. dondavis3

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    I voted "both".

    I like both.

    I tend to shoot steel guns more in competition.

    My Sig P226 X5 in 9mm/.40

    SigP226X5Stainless2-1.jpg

    or My BUL Polymer Gold Match in .45

    KimberPolymerGoldMatch452.jpg

    I tend to carry Polymer more often.

    Ruger LC9

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    or

    Sig P239

    SigP2399mm3-1.jpg

    Those that say that they wont own a "plastic gun"

    I just grin at. :)

    They are missing some great experiences IMHO

    They all be good!

    But to each his own.

    :cool:
     
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  25. Nakanokalronin

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    I've had many poly framed guns in my life from many different brands. Currently I'm down to my last two with the rest being either steel or aluminum framed. The only poly gun I'll probably hold onto will be my PX4sc. IMO, nothing feels better, shoots better or carries better than a metal framed pistol. Someone in LE might not care what their gun is made out of and might actually prefer polymer due to the fact that they carry a ton of other gear on them. As a private citizen, I'd rather carry what feels and shoot better for me.

    I know poly pistols are here to stay but I'm sure I'm not the only or last one that's tried them out extensively only to come back to what works best.
     
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