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    Even though we not allowed to have them now......plastic pistols (and rifles as well) do nothing for me either.

    It will always be the 1911 for me, in .45acp or .38 super.
    I did get a chance to try a 10mm Delta Elite when they first came out 30 odd years ago while on a trip to Florida.....that was quite interesting.

    Sadly its been 4 years now since getting any range time with a .45 1911, when I was over in Texas.
    With the current situation......I now wonder if that may have been my last time to shoot one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CINDERS View Post
    you have got that Ruger Redhawk like I had, they are about a bulletproof as a pistol can get,
    And I fell in love with it. Two times out and I have depleted 250 rounds of 240 GR 1500 FPS ammo.
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    That would be hard on my old thumb joints...I load it down a bit. More like a .45ACP.
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    Never had a desire to own a plastic gun. Always considered them junk and the gun version of the throwaway society. That being said, I might consider a small caliber conceal carry type depending on the manufacturer. Glock is out. My daughter purchased one for herself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aragorn243 View Post
    small caliber conceal carry type
    Have a look at the Berettas in say...mod 70? I have one and would love to carry it. You can do golf balls all over the range with it. Would give exceptional accuracy with stingers too...mine is .22. They make them in 3 calibers...
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    I've never been a huge fan of polymer frame guns, but they are certainly practical. Yes, they typically need some work to feel good. But if I ever needed to use it I would not be worried about having it sit in evidence without maintenance for a year or more, like I would with a nice 1911 or P210. If the finish is torn up from practicing drawing it, it doesn't matter. Plenty of room up top for pistol optics. Finally wear the frame out? That's OK, they're relatively cheap. A Glock will never be a BBQ gun but they are solid EDC pieces.

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    Making durable goods into throw away items with fixed life spans has probably occupied as much design effort as improving them, at least here in N.A.

    But having zero interest in them I don't know if the makers of plastic guns have passed on any of the savings in materials, labour, finishing etc. to their customers?

    If they have, then fair enough I suppose, since the average buyer probably doesn't use one enough to wear it out mechanically or cosmetically?
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    I am also a steel man , though since I've past 60 I have started to carry aluminum framed ones more often . Weekend before last I had my Colt Defender .45 out for some practice , do so once or twice a month if I can as it is now my usual carry gun . After some 200 rounds of Winchester 230 grain white box I switched to my 185 grain hollow point reloads that duplicate my Hydroshock carry loads . Started to get jams and misfeeds and failures from my utterly reliable pistol . Thought I had screwed up my reloads somehow but after an investigation at home , that was not the case . I run my Colt with a Kimber recoil spring set because , well , they seem better made . Turns out the large outer spring had collapsed to two coils shorter than new over the last two years . Turns out you're supposed to replace them every 1,500 rds. or so . I figure I'm closer to 5-6,000 . Of course they've been mostly lighter 185 loads , but I guess I should replace the whole assembly ( recommended every 5,000 ) when they become available again .
    But , anyway , that's why I like metal over plastic . Just bought a Browning 1911-380 railed compact in December ( Christmas present to myself ) so I'll see how this plastic / aluminum inserted frame holds up . Cost was right in line with my Colt full size 1911s , Commander , and Defenders , though .
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    I had an HK .45ACP brought in by a local pharmacist a couple of years ago, (I can't remember the model), that was blown up with a double charge reload. He was picking pieces of plastic from the frame out of his hand for a week or so but was very lucky. The only things destroyed were the frame and the magazine floor plate. I sent it to HK USAicon In Columbus, GA and the replacement frame they installed was around $200 if memory serves. Food for thought. I guess I'm old school because they simply don't appeal to me at all. That being said, I carry a Ruger LCP in a front pocket "Sticky" holster all of the time so I admit being a hypocrite!

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    cant get no satisfaction.

    Its like playing with little dolls, or plastic boobs,, just aint like the real thing.

    ---------- Post added at 11:10 PM ---------- Previous post was at 11:09 PM ----------

    rea; gun gets melted down, and can be turned into steel knuckles.


    plastic gun, well you cant really melt it down. BUT you can make them from recycled Barbie doll dream cars.

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