I've owned some plastic fantastics and they where OK. But I never had what I call that lovin' feelin' with them. I guess I am kind of old (50 this year) but the Glocks hav been around a while and soon after the plethora of similar designs. I have a couple rifles with poly stocks. I get it. They are cheaper to make and are lighter. But I"ll toss my 03A3 over my shoulder and get my gimped behind in the woods before I grab the Mossberg of the same caliber. I am in fact looking to replace the plastic stock with some wood. I just like it better. The only plus I have found to plastic over wood is I don't feel like an ass if I paint it. I can't hardly bring myself to paint wood. Sand it, stain it, seal it OK. Paint is not for wood gun parts except as a last resort.
A gun long or short are more to me than tools though. I see them for their form, function, and the beauty they possess. It's what has always attracted me to older guns. They simply always appear to have more of a soul, or maybe more accurate have a soul.
It's fine if I'm not agreed with.. In fact I kind of like it better that way. It helps me find those old souls looking for someone like me that will take a little time and try to bring them back to former glory. Or at least do what I can to give them the TLC they sometimes desperately need. I'm then rewarded when I take them out and show that they can do what's needed. Some times better then the ones that have come to replace them in the world. Just because it's new does not make it better. Truth be told being old does not either. But I'm almost always willing to get the old wood and steel and see what I can do with it. I have very rarely been disappointed. And believe me nothing is more irritating to the I got to have the new wizbang guy than some old guy with than even older gun that proceeds to show that the wizbang might not be the best after all. At least not that day