Composite frames

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Deerstalker, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. Deerstalker

    Deerstalker New Member

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    I am considering a S&W Sigma 9mm which is on sale at a very good price. How do the composite frames hold up? Can the gun be used for IDPA activities or will the pistol become loose with use?
     
  2. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    I would think if I were to consider shooting competitively, I would look for a pistol with a tad higher quality parts. JMHO.
     

  3. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Plastic pistols are just fine and will last a long time. This being said, a Sigma has a terrible trigger and I wouldn't recommend one for any kind of competition. I have owned 2 so I'm not just spreading second-hand knowledge. Good reliable truck guns - yes - no more than that though...
     
  4. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    Have you tried a S&W M&P? It's a big improvement over the Sigma and it would work well for IDPA/IPSC competitions. Several folks around here are starting to use them for IPSC and getting good results.

    I'd go with either a regular M&P9, and M&P9L (longer barrel) or an M&P9Pro (basically a tuned M&P9L, with a lighter trigger, fiber optic front sight, etc.). I got a regular M&P9 and I'm quite happy with it, it's accurate and comfortable.
     
  5. Viking

    Viking Active Member

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    I had the same question before I bought my XDm, the answer from the firearms salesman was, "Look how many years that Glock has used a polymer frame." I have also taken into consideration the clutch master cylinder in a diesel Ford pickup I used to own and how tough that cylinder was, the top bolt pulled through the firewall and there was only one bolt keeping it working when I found out why the pedal was getting spongier. The cylinder was also leaking a bit but after I installed a reinforcement plate on the engine side of the firewall and bolted the cylinder back the leak stopped. That incident gave me a lot of respect for modern plastics. However, I still like steel or alloy frames and that's why the 1911 is one of my favorite pistols. Then again I'm just an old fashioned guy that grew up in an age of mostly iron, steel and aluminum.
     
  6. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    First I would go by the new members page and share more about your shooting experience. Hard to give reasonable advice with out understanding your experience. . Is there a polly frame that shoots well in IDPA, yep is it a sigma ...no. Some good advice give but before more will chime in your need to introduce yourself and express your experience.
     
  7. UnderFire

    UnderFire New Member

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    To be competitive...an edge over the competition will be helpful,
    the Sigma won't give you that.
    I suggest you view some local IDPA
    competitions and see what the shooters are using.
    Talk to them about their gear, most are always willing to help.
     
  8. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    Sigmas have god awful triggers. They're stupid heavy and have a fairly long pull. I've shot a 1911 for years and I shoot it pretty well. All of my shots with a Sigma hit considerably low, just because of the heavy trigger.

    They're good durable guns, but race guns they're not.
     
  9. Glockmaniac

    Glockmaniac New Member

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    to me,all S&W semi auto pistols are kind of klunky. if you want an accurate and tight plastoc semi, should look at something else.
     
  10. UnderFire

    UnderFire New Member

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    OH, Really
    What do you suppose he should look at...a Glock? :rolleyes:
     
  11. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    To me, Glocks are clunky. If you want a tight, accurate pistol, you should look at something else. Primarily an all metal, single stack piece.
     
  12. UnderFire

    UnderFire New Member

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    matt g,
    That's basically what I'm getting at...
    Glockmaniac had said
    Many IDPA Champions have used S&W semi's in their careers and have stayed with them because of the performance they get from S&W pistols.
    S&W has even incorporated a competition line in their production line
    so that amateur, semi pro, & pro shooters can have a competition platform to build from. As a matter of fact, one champion is using a polymer S&W semi pistol with great success.
    To say something like "to me,all S&W semi auto pistols are kind of klunky"
    shows one's lack of knowledge about S&W's competition pistols.
    Competition pistols need to be tight.
    Normal every day carry pistols can have some play to help with dirt & dust bunnies that will collect in a daily carry firearm.
     
  13. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    Please make your case Glockmaniac, pure entertainment when calling S&W clunky and I expect your a Glock.....Maniac? S&W Sigma is equal to a Glock, S&W M&P simply spanks Glock. Before you start pouring the foolaide.... I meant koolaide, we know how many Glocks have been sold yadda yadda. Tell us more about that Glock grip angle. What the heck is "plastoc":confused: