The End of an Era?

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  1. s&wfan

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    Kind of piggybacking off bac's thread about Sig Germany closing down...

    It seems like we're coming to the end of the era of metal framed semiautos being the standard in favor of plastic guns ruling the world.

    Here's the thought I wanted to bounce around and see what you guys and gals think:

    We must feel now ("we" being metal frame semiauto fans) the way fans of the Single Action Army felt when the new, unproven, flash in the pan 1911 started taking over.

    I wonder what's next?

    I think the next step will be toward smaller projectiles with increased capacity, which is already happening with the 5.7 and HK's 4.whatever, if that's even still around. But I think that's the next step.
     
  2. AK_Stick

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    Coming to the end?

    Polymer guns eclipsed steel frames as the standard atleast 20 years ago.
     
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  3. rock_castle

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    Yes, and 1911's are still extremely popular so metal frames aren't going away either. I don't see Sig Germany closing as having much impact at all.
     
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    I agree. There will always be new steel framed guns, atleast as long as people prefer them, or are willing to pay for the extra costs of production.
     
  5. bigj480

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    Aluminum frames are where it's at, a happy medium. Hopefully plenty of "range guns" are still made in metal in the future, it does seem like we will say many companies move away from metal. I can't imagine a world with only poly guns...
     
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  6. Finestkind

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    The only thing I see is the value of German Sig's going up.

    Finestkind
     
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  7. kahrcarrier

    kahrcarrier FAHRENHEIT

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    Still waiting on the phasers I saw on Star Trek as a kid. Not sure if they were metal or plastic, however. :] Both?
     
  8. wjv

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    Wonder how polymer will hold up. Will it last 80 years? 100 years?
     
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    Good thing I don't go with "trends" or the "gun of the month" buyers. I have been buying all steel guns for several years and my wish list doesn't have any polymer guns on it.
     
  10. garya1961

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    I have both polymer and steel guns. The polymers are better for carry and the steel guns are fun to shoot. Steel doesn't last forever either if it's not cared for, I have seen some really rusty junk steel guns in my life.
     
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  11. Filhar

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    Better for carry in your opinion. Light weight and "easy to shoot" should not be main criteria for a carry gun.
     
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    Yes it is my opinion, and apparently it's millions of other's opinion also.
     
  13. Filhar

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    Join my new thread in Carry Issues Forum.
     
  14. jmontgomery

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    I enjoy and carry both. I think steel will be around for a while.
     
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    @kahrcarrier Not sure if they were metal or plastic, however. :] Both?

    Transparent aluminum and Unobtainium.
     
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    LinuxLover Ba-nan-nah-nuh

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    The only reason I don't carry a steel pistol is the weight... well, that and I can't find a Glock-type action in metal.

    I (medically) have a 5 lb carrying capacity - although I exceed that a bit.

    If I have to carry anything much heavier, I need to take off the appropriate amount of clothing to compensate.

    Poor woodland animals!
    Poor tourists too if they meet me in the woods.
    I get an all-around tan - no strap marks!
    The neighbors when they see me (way-) out in the field on my tractor - they just think I have a red shirt and pants on. ​
     
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  17. SargeMO

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    Sig is still making the P Series pistols in the US and they aren't having any trouble selling them; same for the numerous police surplus Sigs available through distributors.
     
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    If not "lightweight and easy to shoot", what are your top criteria for a carry gun? Heavy and hard to shoot seems counterproductive.
     
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    Weight is absolutely the deciding factor for me if everything else is essentially equal.
     
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    I don't think everything else can be "essentially equal".