Top polymer pistols..

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by icallshotgun88, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. icallshotgun88

    icallshotgun88 New Member

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    Okay, so I'm constantly adding to my "buy list" and I realize I want a new polymer pistol...

    I was watching "Shooting USA" on Outdoors Tv and saw a few advertisements for M&P pistols and thought to myself "I'd sure like a new polymer pistol, but all I've had is glock and I'd like something different".

    Now I love me some glock and love me some 1911 (realize they aren't polymer) but I'm looking for something different.

    So I'm curious as to your favorite polymer pistol and why it's your favorite.

    I'm hoping to find something to add to my "buy list" I don't just want the name of a manufacturer but a specific model that you like.

    Criteria; I don't want another glock
    I want it to be polymer
    Need it to be extremely reliable
    Common caliber (9mm, .357, .40, 10mm, .44, .45, etc.)
    That's it
    No real price limit but nothing ridiculous unless you can knock my socks off.. GO!
     
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  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    need to go to a store and try some out. find something that suits your hand well.

    i can shoot Glocks quite well and am fairly accurate in shooting them, but much prefer the SA XD or XDm pistols as they fit my hand better.

    as a general rule, a pistol that fits your hand well is usually the one most people shoot more accurately as they can control the pistol better.
     

  3. icallshotgun88

    icallshotgun88 New Member

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    I have no problem adjusting to a handgun...
    If it doesn't "feel right" at first ill spend some time on the range until I bond with it.,

    I don't want the "feel" of it the first day to determine if I buy it or not.,,

    Heck, I was young, but I didn't like the way 1911s felt at first, now I'm in love
     
  4. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    S&W M&P series. lots of choices there and decently priced.

    SA XD or XDM series. lots of choices also and also decently priced.

    Walther P99 series. well made and not badly priced.

    these are my top choices for polymer pistols. different sizes and calibers.
     
  5. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    + as high as I can count on the M&P series.

    I myself own a 9c, and my wife owns a full sized 9. I love them both. They are natural pointers, in our hands. Wonderful guns. I can pick them up and it feels like an extension of my wrist, for lack of better descriptors.

    They are an exceptionally proven platform, and very reliable.

    S&W gives tremendous customer service, I've heard, IF you need it.

    They come in most major calibers: 9mm, .357 Sig, .40 S&W, .45 ACP.

    Fully ambidextrous.

    You can get them with or without a thumb safety as well as a magazine disconnect.

    I could go on. I think you see my point.
     
  6. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    I like the Ruger P95 and the XD pistols. I have only shot full size xd pistols. I have no opinion on the compact XD pistols. I like the Ruger P95 best of the two. A gunsmith did a little work to my P95 ($80 parts and labor). In single action my P95 shoots as well as most SA only pistols. The P95 does have a large stock. If you are going to share the pistol with a female friend I wouldn't get the P95.
     
  7. magnumman

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    I have the m&p 45c. It is by far my favorite poly pistol I have ever owned. The m&p line offers full size and compact guns in all the usual calibers. With the interchangeable palm swells, they fit MOST peoples hand. You can choose if you want a thumb safety or not. They are fully ambidextrous. The only negative is the price and availability of magazines.
     
  8. AR10

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    Don't want another Glock? Cut it out!

    You like Glocks? Yet no more?

    I own four frames, six slides, eleven barrels and looking to expand.

    I can shoot 22, 9, 10, 357, and 45. Want a 50 and maybe a few others.

    I think, you should rethink, your Glock ban.

    I did a twenty year stretch with one Glock, thinking that was enough. Getting a second Glock opened my eyes to another realm.

    I have one range bag for all my Glock stuff. Fun collecting and shooting the various calibers and frame sizes.
     
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  9. jjones45

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    Hk usp/p30/hk45, m&p, fnx, ruger sr, sig p250/2022, Walther ppq/p99, magnum research mr9/40, baby eagle, xdm, kahr. So many good poly pistols these days
     
  10. wittmeba

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    I have an M&P 40 and love it. Just fits well in my big hands. I changed the grip/backstrap and the medium was still best.

    I think their popularity is growing fast. There are good reviews - always a few who dont like them - but other too are rethinking the S&W vs. Glock.
     
  11. icallshotgun88

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    Dude, I love glock. I have two. I have nothing against them. Obviously. Orhwrwise I'd sell them both but no way would I ever get rid of them.

    I just want to try something new.
    A new slide, barrel, frame or whatever will still be a glock.

    I'm even sure I'll still add to my glock collection later on but for now something different
     
  12. GrabberGT

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    Walther PPQ. Nicest trigger of all the polymers. there is a 5" if you have the need. Finest polymer out there. I have Glocks, XD, Sig and shot an M&P core. I'd compare it to an HK. What a nice gun!
     
  13. Overkill0084

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    +1 on the SA XD/XDm series.
    Wild card: CZ P07 / P09 or SP-01 Phantom.
     
  14. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    IMO, there are lots of choices for a quality polymer pistol and picking one will more than likely come down to personal preference.

    another consideration is what is the intended purpose of this pistol? range use? competition? SD/HD? carry? choosing a compact or sub-compact in some calibers will not be as enjoyable to shoot as the same caliber in the full size version.

    some models of the polymer pistols have changeable back straps to help customize the fit of the pistol to your hand. i find this to be a desireable feature, as it can allow the pistol to fit more than one person.

    some of the models also have ported barrels and slides. while very effective at helping control recoil during competition type shooting, not so good for SD/HD uses because of the muzzle blast.

    one of the best advantages of the polymer pistols is, weight to ammo capacity ratio. most have great ammo capacity, even in the larger calibers. compared to many of the steel framed models of pistols, i find this to be a very desireable feature of the polymer pistols.

    most of the brands of polymer pistols have been on the market long enough now, that most are proven performers and choosing one will come down to minor details and personal preference. most have been out here long enough, that it very unlikely to find one that's bad.
     
  15. DP03

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    Second the HKUSP and SAxdm. Love them both.

    Anything but a Glock for me :)
     
  16. NC1760

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    Another vote for Ruger's P95 !!!

    I agree with my man John Deer... The Ruger P series is the best polymer pistol I have ever shot or owned. The safety and mag release are ambidextrous and the porting is excellent... so a Southpaw will also have no problem using it... eats any ammo I feed through it... Ruger's customer service is beyond excellent... AND it will run you $100-$150 LESS than a comparable model. ;)

    Plus the P95 in 9mm means you have 15+1 friends ready to party should you need them... More if you load and carry the extra mag!!
    ...Gives me warm fuzzies just thinking about it!!! :D
     
  17. jjones45

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    I don't know how I forgot about the cz's as im still contemplating between a p09 or glock 30s
     
  18. Transman

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    My M&P 9 pro 5" is amazing,finest poly out there.My Walther PPQ is also a very nice poly,but it's a 40,and i'm not lovin 40's.
     
  19. jjones45

    jjones45 New Member

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    If Walther made a ppq in 45 I'd be all over that