Pros & Cons For Alloy Frames

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by gt5-33, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. gt5-33

    gt5-33 New Member

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    I have been looking at Smith & Wesson 40's and noticed both types of frames. Can anyone provide their Pros & Cons for frame types. Thanks Tom
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Steel frames are heavier and probably stronger. They help absorb recoil better so you do not feel as much. Alloy frames are lighter and easier to carry. They MAY not hold up to hard long term use but I doubt you will have any problems unless you shoot thousands of rounds a year.
     

  3. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    I bought a Smith & wesson 410S .40 S&W, and it came with Crimson Trace laser grips. I didn't like the alloy frame as the felt recoil was un-comfortable after about 20 rounds or so. HOWEVER, my CZ75B is the same caliber (40 S&W) and it also has an alloy frame. I can shoot my CZ75B ALL DAY LONG and it doesn't bother me like the S&W does. The shape of the grip makes all the difference...

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    The CZ75B is fairly light weight considering its a full sized semi-auto and carries 12+1.
     
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  4. pioneer461

    pioneer461 New Member

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    Different strokes, for different folks. I prefer alloy frames on the guns I carry all day, every day especially cuz I carry two while at work. As for strength and durability, I'll wear out before the guns do. :cool:
     
  5. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    My CZ75B has some sort of alloy frame. It ain't too bad especially compared to the steel version. I imagine that carrying all day does make a BIG difference! Especially if you have two to tote all day...