Technology has come a long way with the way firearms are made. This is especially true when it comes to guns made out of polymer.
It’s not necessarily made of “plastic,” but polymers in guns can mean a wide range of high end and modern materials. Mainly polymer guns are made with a complex form of engineering in thermoplastics that can create a truly unique gun.
There are many benefits of polymer guns. Although some people describe them as feeling more cheap and flimsy compared to traditional steel or aluminum gun frames, others absolutely love them.
Let’s look at some of the best features and benefits of modern polymer guns that may make it a superior weapon to use.
Lightweight and Comfortable
Polymer-based materials are generally more lightweight and comfortable than the heaviness of steel or metal based guns. If you are someone that wants to conceal carry each day, it may be better for you to choose a handgun that is polymer based. This is especially true if you have back problems. Any kind of extra weight tends to throw off your spine and posture making back pain more of an issue. The lighter weight of a polymer gun might be the way to go for you.
A great model to try out if you have never had a polymer gun before is the Glock 17 or the Sig Sauer P320 Compact. Both are study and easy to use, with a less heavy feel that you can wear all day long without an issue.
Cost is Less
Sometimes with polymer based guns you’ll find that they are more affordable than their steel counterparts. You may be able to save hundreds or even thousands of dollars by going with a polymer gun over traditional materials. Look at the Beretta APX Centerfire Pistol, which costs around $330. Compare that to a Beretta 92 FS, which with a stainless steel body costs almost twice as much at nearly $700. Big difference. So, if cost is a factor when you are buying a gun, you may want to consider a polymer.
Fewer Degradation Problems
It’s a problem that a traditional steel gun can rust over time. This may be due to moisture getting into the pistol where you are storing it, especially if you live in a humid and hot environment like Florida. You aren’t going to have this problem with a polymer based gun. They are also easy to clean.
Try Before You Buy
If you are still concerned about how a polymer gun will feel in your hands versus a metal one, it would be a great idea to spend some time at the shooting range using one. That way you’ll have a better idea of the weight and feel of polymer. You may find that using one is a pleasure to experience and a complete joy to conceal carry one around with you. You’ll never know until you try a polymer gun out.