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    Plastic guns

    I've never really been a fan of plastic handguns. But, several years ago, I bought a NIB Glock 21C. It's been a great gun and I don't have any issues with it.

    I was quite sure that it would be my first and only polymer handgun.

    Then, several years later, I picked up a NIB Sig P250C in .40 cal. Again, a great gun and no issues what-so-ever.

    Tomorrow, I'm gonna go and try to close a deal on a like new Springfield-Armory XD-45 at a pawnshop. I went in last week with a possible trade and they wouldn't bargain with me.

    I sold what I was gonna trade in, so now I have cash. They're are asking $499.00 for it. It is the dark earth color, and at first, it kind of put me off. But, the more I handled it and gave it a good close inspection, the more the gun and the color appealed to me.

    Anyways, if I do get it, it will be my third plastic handgun. I'm not sure what to think about that. I know polymer guns don't hold their value compared to their traditional metal counter-parts.

    But, the way things are going, who knows what will be in place a year or two from now. I'm hoping that by having cash, they'll be willing to come down some and give me a good OTD price.

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    Plastic guns

    I picked up a used XD45 Tactical from a LGS last year. Excellent shooter with that 5" barrel. It's now my bedroom weapon. If you email Springfield the SN, they can tell you the date of manufacture. I believe it was to sales. Good luck...

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    I don't know about that "don't hold their value" statement. They probably don't hold their value in the same manner as a Colt Python, for instance, but I've bought several used Glocks, and later sold them (to upgrade my meager collection) and never lost any money. Nowadays, if a person had a few used-but-well-cared-for high-capacity semi-auto pistols, he could probably make a few bucks on any sale, so I'd say it all depends on the exact circumstances.

    Instead of looking at them as investments, look at them like tools that you don't mind using regularly, and eventually your impression of their value will probably change. Many (if not most) folks who own expensive pistols are reluctant to take them out and use them hard, drawing from a holster, getting them hot and dirty, and picking up a coating of windblown dust. Because of this, they never get really GOOD at using them. Keep your pretty pistols, take them out, shoot them occasionally; but USE your polymer-framed handguns every chance you get, and you might just be surprised at how good a shooter you can become with a "plastic" pistol.
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    I felt the same.......until I bought my wife an SR40.............good for the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$...but I still prefer metal, and hammers, and safeties.

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    Nothing wrong with plastic pistols or revolvers. Everyone that i have has proven to be of high quality, accurate and dependable.

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    I'm sure it's just me and getting used to plastic frames. I guess I'm kind of old school and back then, everything was made of metal.....including the dash on my 1974 Ford F-250 4X4 that I had and loved.

    I do enjoy the weight savings of a plastic framed handgun. And, they don't seem to scratch or mark as easily as a metal frame.

    Truthfully speaking, I really don't need another handgun, especially a .45acp. But then again, maybe that's why I want it, cause I definitely don't need it. If that makes any sense, someone please let me know.

    Anyways, I'm outta here shortly, hoping to go make a deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paratrooper View Post
    . . . Truthfully speaking, I really don't need another handgun, especially a .45acp. But then again, maybe that's why I want it, cause I definitely don't need it. If that makes any sense, someone please let me know. . .

    First time I heard "this" below, was watching the Iowa Sportsman's Annual Convention on CSPAN.
    A politician (Phil Gramm) out to curry favor for the Presidental caucus process gave a speech.
    Then he was asked "How many guns do you ACTUALLY own?". In an accusatory "you're a lying politcian" tone.

    I often use Phil's reply when asked the same thing. I don't known if his was the "original" use. But it sure works.

    "More than I need, but not as many as I want".

    Brought down the house.

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    Well.....back from the pawnshop and they wouldn't come down in price as far as I would have liked.

    It definitely is a seller's market right now, and they know it. I got my eye on another though. Just gonna wait a few days before I make a move on it.

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    I went back to the pawnshop today with cash in hand. They still had the SA XD-45. Owner wasn't in, so I dealt with the hired help.

    I looked it over again and was convinced it's never been fired. All the factory paperwork was present, reg. card was still blank, and not a mark or scratch on the gun or any of it's extras, incl. the storage case.

    It came with two 13rd. mags, a plastic holster, dual-mag holder and mag. loader. Lock and cleaning brush is still sealed in plastic.

    Anyways, after some talk, I got it for $425.00 OTD. Initially, I wasn't all that crazy about the dark earth color of the frame. The slide is blackened SS. But, it's growing on me and it is different.

    Now, I just gotta find a couple more factory 13rd. mags.

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    Out of the 5 handguns I own, 4 are polymer framed. I have a XD 45C, a FNX 45, a M&P 9C, and a Sig Pro 2022 9mm and I love them all. The only gun I own that is all steel is my Colt Government. For an all purpose handgun, which all of mine are to me, polymer suits me best. Lighter weight for concealed carry and durable enough to take some beating. I don't think anyone should be turned off from "plastic" guns. If polymer guns weren't as good as steel, there wouldn't be such a huge Glock following. It's all preference. Can I carry my Colt Government if I want to? Sure. But I'd rather carry around something of the same size that weighs less. But that's just me.

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    Don't know much about XD prices, but it sounds like you got a good deal on a like new pistol especially with the crazy gun market. 27 rounds of .45 ACP should solve most social problems. Glad you was able to close the deal on what sounds like a really sweet weapon.

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    499 is a second hand XD is a bit high, but it is a sellers market right now.

    I picked up an XD40 last month for 425, with no signs of wear. Compared to my XD9 which had about 1,000 rounds at the time, the .40 probably didn't have much more than 100 rounds through it.

    If you get the full kit with it, there will be a casing in a white envelope in it with an expended casing. The date on the envelope is the gun's birthday. Note the date is european, day, month, year so 09 11 12 is Nov 9, 2012.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paratrooper View Post
    I went back to the pawnshop today with cash in hand. They still had the SA XD-45. Owner wasn't in, so I dealt with the hired help.

    I looked it over again and was convinced it's never been fired. All the factory paperwork was present, reg. card was still blank, and not a mark or scratch on the gun or any of it's extras, incl. the storage case.

    It came with two 13rd. mags, a plastic holster, dual-mag holder and mag. loader. Lock and cleaning brush is still sealed in plastic.

    Anyways, after some talk, I got it for $425.00 OTD. Initially, I wasn't all that crazy about the dark earth color of the frame. The slide is blackened SS. But, it's growing on me and it is different.

    Now, I just gotta find a couple more factory 13rd. mags.
    A good deal under most conditions; under current conditions, a GREAT deal!

    I'll keep an eye open for .45 XD mags for ya.
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    Polymer pistols have so many advantages over all steel guns its impossible to ignore them in this market. But then again I didn't grow up with all steel pistols. I definitly need to get something thats 100% steel. I just bought an NAA .22 Mag Revolver so that sorta counts lol

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    Yahoo......I found some new factory SA XD-45 13 rd. mags.

    And, they were still reasonably priced, and the shipping was fair. I bought 4 of them. That makes a total of 6 now for my new XD-45.

    Just goes to show that some patience and some searching pays off.......even in this day and age.

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    Outstanding!
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