I use to always down talk plastic. For many years it was only metal for me. Then I found my HK's and I got to tell ya I really like what the plastic has to offer.
I think plastic offers us a lighter, which means higher capacity firearm which gives us a better concealment firearm. I also like the lines (looks) that plastic gives us.
I took all my 45's to the range today and have to say the best shooter was the S&W 1911. I still love my plastic more but if I shot competition I would use the S&W1911.
Remington Rand 1911
Glock 21c w/ghost trigger system
Springfield XD 4"
Plastic is for toys and tupperware.....
I prefer metal and wood, I'm a 1911 guy. The only plastic pistols I've ever really liked are the HK USP series. I have 3 of them.
My issue weapon just went from plastic to metal and I am very greatful Sig Pro 2340 to Sig P 226. but then I went from a leather holster to a plastic one for off duty wear, Strong leather pancake to a blackhawk CBC. A plastic holster? am I going senile? Good holsters are leather!!!
Hey, the split isn't too great, and at 1 time, the poll was tied. There is still a lot of polymer fans out there.
I think U should get what ya want - I just get irritated when someone insults the other...
I like the feel and sound of metal. The real reason poly is so popular is how do you say... "good profit margin". The look of poly guns is cool they have much more freedom in design which i like. But I always feel like plastic guns are gonna break in my hand. I know for the most part not true. Truth is metal guns are dying away, literally look at the market. Another 20 or 30 years all guns will be made of plastic. Wait till they start making revolvers out of poly. It could happen
I don't think they will do away with metal. What you will see is new improved metal. Already they are making lighter weight pistol with different metals. I just bought an Airweight 38+p. I'm surprise they haven't produce more auto's with the lighter weight metals. Hope to see it around the corner.
I think I may have said it further up the thread - but for years, while I did occassionally own a Glock, I much preferred metal guns - especially 1911s.
Over time, tastes change, however. Not, all of my guns are polymer, and I'm saving to buy a polymer Ruger 22/45 target 22. So, I like the polymer guns the best now
I'll drink to PLASTIC anyday
Metal all the way.
Look at your Glocks or P99s. What's plastic there? Only the frame, and not even that at all. All the guide rails, reinforcements and that stuff is made of metal.
Metal has it's big advantages, of being still strong with minimum thickness. If I were to make a damn good looking gun, even if it were a futuristic design, I would make it out of metal. Sure, I would cast many parts, cause that saves work, and can be as strong as machined parts. Hardening of the parts is an essential part in making a gun, and with plastic, you are quite fixed to the specific properties of the plastic you take. When you use metal instead, you can differentially harden parts, and get different properties in one piece of the same metal.
With the technonlgy of today, you can create anything out of metal, it has it's special feel, that plastics will never have, and it will probably even last longer. I have seen 600+ year old swords, that look like they are new, and even have the same strength and durability they had when they were made. Now, someone show me a 600+ year old Glock frame with these attributes
If it is for a rifle, then plastic can be applied everywhere they want to, except for the action itself (barrel, hammer / trigger group, bolt, whatever belongs to that).
I would rather tend to metallic polymers for the future, as they are clearly coming more and more.
I have one handmade sowrd made od a Titanium Alloy, which can cut steel, is flexible, well balanced and won't ever rust in any form. That could beat any plastic abailable.
All handguns balance trade-offs.
Plastic guns are more comfortable to carry with less weight and easier to conceal. Adjustable grip sizing is a blessing for selecting department issue weapons for officers with different sized hands (P30 is probably the best for this). The downside is that lighter guns have snappier felt recoil where most rely on flexing of the poly frames to moderate recoil.
Metal guns are easier to shoot accurately with their greater mass providing a softer push recoil and reduced flip for the same sized barrel. Contrary to an earlier post, high cap receivers are available in metal. Para Ordnance makes a number of these.
Given my druthers, I prefer a 4" poly 9mm for CCW and a Government sized 1911 for open carry. Each has their place.
I like the lightweight qualities of the polymer, but they tend to be more top-heavy than metal framed handguns of similar size/build. I love my 1911, and it's got an aluminum frame. I'd still rock a polymer handgun though, if I felt the need for another handgun that was polymer framed.
I have to go with steel.
This last time I sent a plastic gun to Doug Turnbull for case hardening, it melted.
I like both. I really like the weight qualities of plastic and alloy pistols.
I guess if you care if your pistols are still around in 600 years, you should choose steel. Since I will not be around in even 60 years, I do not care. My guns are here to take care of me, not vice versa. All but one of my pistols are polymer framed, and I only shoot the steel gun maybe once a year.
No preference, the sig 226 just felt so much better then the blocky glocks.
I voted for plastic because the only gun I use everyday is plastic. That being said I am sure I will always own both plastic and metal guns. I like most guns doesn't matter to me what they are made of as long as its been tested and proven.